Postdoctoral Studies

Deepen your expertise in research design, methodology, theory development, and/or leadership preparation under the guidance of expert faculty mentors through postdoctoral studies at the UCSF School of Nursing.

We offer postdoctoral positions in both established fellowship programs and those arranged by individual request, depending upon your area of interest and the availability of resources within those areas. An individualized postdoctoral mentoring plan is designed in collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member. Learn more in our one-page downloadable flier and in the details below.

Postdocs at UCSF receive a competitive salary, with annual increases, and medical, dental and vision benefits.

Individualized Postdoctoral Study

Finding the right mentor is critical to your success as a postdoctoral scholar. To find a faculty member who matches your research interests, visit UCSF Profiles. In the search tool, enter your research topic and select “School of Nursing.” If you are a current student or graduate of our PhD program, you may also speak with your current PhD program mentor for recommendations.

For assistance in finding a faculty mentor, you may also contact Associate Dean for Research Julene Johnson.

Once you have identified a faculty mentor, inquire about a postdoctoral position directly with the faculty mentor. At UCSF, postdocs are not hired through a central office; they are hired by individual faculty members and labs.

Fellowship Programs

Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars (ACTIONS) Program 

The Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars (ACTIONS) program provides training, mentorship and funding for postdoctoral scholars to design studies that prioritize reproductive justice as the primary approach to reproductive health services provision, including abortion, birth, contraception, healthy sexuality, parenting and pleasure. This program seeks scholars who are enthusiastic and passionate about transformational change toward reproductive health and justice. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to train the next generation of thought leaders and change agents in nursing leadership and faculty positions around the country. Candidates are eligible if they have completed any one of the following:

  • PhD degree in nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
  • PhD, ScD or DrPH in biomedical or social sciences

To learn more, including how to apply, visit the ACTIONS website or contact Project Director Nikki Lanshaw.

Biobehavioral Research Program in Symptom Science

The School of Nursing offers a T32 biobehavioral research training in symptom science, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. The program provides support for three postdoctoral fellows each year. Learn more.

Interested applicants should send the following information to program co-director Sandra Weiss, professor at the School of Nursing:

  1. Your CV
  2. A goal statement describing how you envision the training will contribute to your program of research and research career
  3. Two letters of reference from faculty mentors or colleagues
  4. Two examples of your scholarly work

National Clinician Scholars Program

In partnership with the National Clinician Scholars Program, the UCSF School of Nursing and School of Medicine offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to prepare nurse and physician leaders to be change agents, driving policy-oriented research and partnerships to build health equity. Nurse-scientists who have completed their doctoral program are eligible to apply.

To learn more, including how to apply, visit the NCSP website or review the brochure, and contact Susan Chapman, professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and co-director of the NCSP program. See flier for important dates regarding the 2021 application period.

San Francisco VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program

The San Francisco VA Quality Scholars Program trains leaders and scholars in health care quality order to lead change nationally and internationally. The San Francisco program is one of 11 sites nationally, and it is a partnership between the SFVA and UCSF that has an interprofessional emphasis with physicians, doctoral-trained nurses, clinical psychologists and pharmacists as fellows and faculty. Exceptional candidates with an interest in quality or implementation research, leadership or education are encouraged to apply.

To learn more, including how to apply, contact Margaret Wallhagen, professor at the School of Nursing and senior nurse scholar with the program.

2022-2023 Postdoc Scholars

Meet the 2022-2023 postdocs and learn about their research areas.

Resources at Your Fingertips

The UCSF Office of Postdoctoral Scholars offers many resources to help you thrive as a postdoc including:

  • Guidance and tips on career planning
  • Information about pay and benefits
  • Housing and commuting options
  • Conducting research at UCSF
  • Resources to help you connect with the UCSF postdoctoral community

The UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development includes open postdoctoral positions at UCSF on its jobs board.