Professor Heather M. Young, center, with the 2019 Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellows
Professor Heather M. Young, center, with the 2019 Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellows.

Open date: October 30, 2023
Initial review date: December 1, 2023
Final review date: February 1, 2024

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks scholars for the Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellowship. The school especially seeks scholars with research interests in family caregiving, development of technology to promote healthy aging as well as community-based approaches to improving quality of life and care for older adults. Up to three fellows will be admitted each year (2019-2023) based on alignment with a research mentor and focus. All fellowships are for one year with possible renewal for a second year. The school plans to award 10 fellowships over five years. The fellowship program is sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in recognition of the school’s founding dean, Heather M. Young (2008-2018), and her career-long commitment to healthy aging. The fellowship was created to further advance the school’s ongoing healthy aging research and also prepare future faculty to teach and continue research in healthy aging.

Scholars receive an annual salary based on the National Institutes for Health postdoctoral salary scale, University of California benefits and supplemental funding for professional development. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year. The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $71,952. Off-scale salaries, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

The primary work location is the UC Davis Sacramento campus. This is not an H1-B opportunity.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

All individuals in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are accountable for maintaining and fostering a culture of inclusion, as outlined in the school’s diversity and inclusion web page.

All candidates are also evaluated on their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Scholars are required to have a doctorate in nursing or a related field. The school especially seeks scholars with research interests related to older adults or family caregivers that also align with those of faculty in the school. Successful candidates are paired with faculty mentors based on area of focus and interest.

Documentation requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications as related to the priority topics of the fellowship and, if applicable, to the specific mentor focus areas.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity: Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit the  Academic Affairs web page for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.
  • Two letters of reference

Each qualified applicant should send curriculum vitae, statement of interest in a cover letter, statement of contributions to diversity and two letters of reference to the attention of Joanna Garcia, project policy analyst, at

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please email Michelle Dann at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. Read the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy.