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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Compassionate Care (Compassionate Care Postdoctoral Research Associate)


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Compassionate Care (Compassionate Care Postdoctoral Research Associate)

  • R0040320
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia (UVA) seeks qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on Compassionate Care. Since 2009, the UVA School of Nursing has been a pioneer in advancing the ideals and delivery of compassionate care within healthcare. We conceptualize Compassionate Care Research broadly to encompass research which aims to alleviate suffering by taking meaningful action to advance the well-being of patients, families, organizations, and communities, as well as the larger societal structures within which they operate. Candidates will join an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to high quality, high impact compassionate care scholarship.

This Post-Doctoral Fellowship position is designed for an emerging scholar committed to a research career and will support the candidate’s growth and trajectory as an independent scientist. The post-doc will be mentored by an existing NIH-funded Principal Investigator within the School of Nursing and team of interdisciplinary faculty and collaborators to support the work of advancing Compassionate Care Research. The candidate will have the opportunity to gain research experience working across a diverse portfolio of research projects. Candidates with research experience and interest in mixed methods; symptom science; data visualization; qualitative methods/ethnography; mobile health/remote health; rural health; health equity; and organizational/workplace culture are particularly of interest.

The candidate will have the opportunity for robust partnerships among UVA’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine, and the broader academic community. Candidates will receive guidance in developing and conducting research, and close mentoring in grant writing/proposal development, manuscript preparation and publication; supplemental funding opportunities may be available. The candidate will join a cohort of post-doctoral scholars at UVA and will have access to a wealth of resources within the SON, UVA Health, and the University at-large to support professional development activities and long-term career success (for example, see PhD Plus .) Though part of a large interdisciplinary research team, the post-doc research fellow must be able to work independently as well. The position will include the opportunity to co-direct students and will provide experience in supervising research that is valuable preparation for a faculty position.

Successful candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in a relevant field and demonstrate evidence of a developing program of research. Salary offered will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointments may be renewed for additional one-year increments (up to 3 years), contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The position will be full-time (12 months) with a negotiable start date. Initial hybrid and remote work options will be considered, with the expectation that the candidate will be on-site in Charlottesville at a later date.

The UVA School of Nursing has been actively engaged in IDEA, our Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement initiative. We are deeply committed to developing a community that is inclusive, respectful, and considers diversity to be a key part of our excellence. We seek applicants whose experience, teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to substantially contribute to this mission. We welcome, in particular, applicants from groups who have been historically underrepresented in nursing, including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and men.

Postdoctoral Eligibility:
  • Applicants must hold the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a relevant discipline by their start date.
  • Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.

To Apply:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs search for requisition R0040320. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following Required materials:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of interest (no longer than 2 pages) that clearly describes your: a) qualifications and experience related to the position advertised above; b) 1-year and 5-year career goals; and c) plans for advancing your research program.
  • Diversity Statement (for details on what can be included with a diversity statement please visit: https://eocr.virginia.edu/Contribution-IE-Applicants )
  • A list of three professional references which includes their complete names, addresses, telephone, and e-mail addresses

Salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications.

This is a one year appointment that is renewable upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.The position will be full-time (12 months)

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check and health screening prior to their first day of employment per University policy.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Virginia LeBaron, vtl6k@virginia.edu . Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter at hjv5vm@virginia.edu .

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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