Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Applications Being Accepted until August 1 for 2013 Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is pleased to announce two postdoctoral research fellowships for qualified candidates to pursue mentored research. The NIH-funded faculty and their research areas are: 

Linda Janusek, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and Niehoff Endowed Chair for Research 

Dr. Janusek uses a psychoneuroimmunology framework to investigate the bio-behavioral consequences of psychosocial stress, including inflammatory and epigenetic processes implicated in behavioral symptom expression. Using a lifespan approach, she studies the consequences of stress, social disadvantage, and/or early life adverse experiences on symptom intensity and duration in adults with chronic disease, particularly cancer.  Recent work demonstrates early life stress increases adult stress reactivity, risk for depression and DNA methylation status of gene promoters for IL-6 in disadvantaged African American men. LJanuse@luc.edu

Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, professor and Loyola Faculty Scholar

Dr. Penckofer’s goal is to expand evidence-based treatment options for persons with diabetes who have depression as it significantly impacts diabetes self-management. She has created a nurse-delivered, group cognitive behavioral therapy for management of moods in women with diabetes (SWEEP) (K23NR009240) and recently initiated a randomized clinical trial to examine vitamin D supplementation as a viable, cost-effective treatment option for management of depression and diabetes symptoms (R01NR013906). SPencko@luc.edu

Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers this postdoctoral program through which fellows gain experience in a focused area of research under the mentorship of senior research faculty. Fellows will conduct research projects under direct faculty supervision, as well as participate in an individualized training plan within a multidisciplinary environment. Training activities will include related coursework, seminars, workshops, and involvement in University Center or Institute programs consistent with their focus of research. In addition, postdoctoral fellows will gain experience in grant development, project management, and manuscript preparation. As part of their training, the fellow will teach one didactic course per year in the School of Nursing that is consistent with their background. Fellowships are awarded for a one-year period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. 

Fellows will receive funding that includes an annual salary stipend, health insurance, allowance for research related expenses, and support to attend one conference per year. Fellows will be expected to remain with the MNSON as faculty for three years after their postdoctoral award pending satisfactory faculty review. 

Application Deadline: The position is now open and applicants are encouraged to apply by August 1.

Postdoctoral Application Requirements:

All postdoctoral applicants must have an earned PhD in nursing or a related field prior to beginning the fellowship. Applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty mentor before submitting the application materials, which include:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • Personal statement describing:
    • professional career goals
    • rationale for pursuing postdoctoral research training
    • goals for postdoctoral education
    • focus of current research
    • mentorship expectations
    • how the selected mentor builds upon your prior scholarship and matches your career plans and expectations.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview (competitive applicants will be contacted for an appointment)

Criteria for selection of Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Strong match with faculty mentor
  • Potential for scholarly productivity
  • Commitment to an academic research career
  • Academic record and prior scholarly achievement

For further information please contact Dr. Linda Janusek at ljanuse@luc.edu or 708.216.9551 or Dr. Sue Penckofer at spencko@luc.edu or 708.216.9303.