Postdoctoral Trainee

Launch your career from PhD training to an independent investigator role at the UW–Madison School of Nursing

  • Advance your independent research, including submitting proposals for funding
  • Explore research partnerships campus-wide
  • Join a community engaging in exciting new research
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research
  • Receive mentoring from skilled tenure-track faculty members
  • Participate in research seminars and professional development workshops
  • Share your research at regional and national research meetings and in peer-reviewed journals

The School of Nursing seeks postdoctoral trainees with research interests in:

  • Health systems and public health
  • Aging and care of older adults
  • Symptom science and palliative care
  • Children, families, and reproductive health
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Health disparities

Successful candidates possess a strong academic record, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a beginning track record of publication and presentation. Applicants should be highly motivated; ready to develop and pursue a focused line of research; as well as be able to work independently and collaboratively to create, translate, and disseminate knowledge and interventions that positively impact communities.

Direct pathway to a faculty position

Postdoctoral traineeships may extend from one to three years. These positions are intended to provide a pathway for qualified, productive, and successful postdoctoral trainees to enter a tenure-track faculty position at the School of Nursing.


  • Recent (within two years) PhD or equivalent in nursing or closely related field
  • A firm commitment to a research-intensive nursing faculty career
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in Wisconsin

More information

  • Salary of $65,000 annually with leave benefits
  • $15,000 flexible research fund
  • Flexible start dates

To apply

Required application materials:

  • Cover letter describing interest in postdoctoral traineeship at UW–Madison School of Nursing
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) • One databased paper (preferably published)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Research and training needs statement Direct inquiries and send application materials to: Susan Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (608) 263-5282
  • Apply by March 1st

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