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Postdoctoral Fellow Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Phoenix, Arizona
depends on experience
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Employment Type
Full Time

The Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education ( within Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation ( at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow focused on research in clinical education, simulation science, and immersive technologies.  The Grace Center Postdoctoral Researcher will design, organize, and conduct specialized and advanced research projects in simulation science and clinical education. Established immersive technologies will be used along with scientific protocols and procedures. Responsibilities will include designing new protocols; summarizing findings, publishing results in research journals; and applying for internal and external funding opportunities.  This position will also immediately step into ongoing projects focused on advancing simulation science-based theories and concepts in clinical education.  Interests in extended reality (virtual reality, augmented reality), wearable sensors (EDA, ECG, EEG, fNIRS) as well as psychological science are highly valued for this position.

Edson College is part of a vibrant and diverse research, education, and practice community at ASU, which was named this year by U.S. News and World Report for the eighth year in a row as #1 in Innovation among all universities in the United States. Edson College offers a rich interprofessional research, mentoring, and teaching environment with unique and growing transdisciplinary PhD and PhD/DNP programs and several centers in addition to Grace Center that encompass health equity; health promotion and disease prevention; mindfulness, compassion, and resilience; and, healthy and resilient aging. Edson College faculty collaborate across professions, other colleges, and universities and have current or recent funding from NIH, PCORI, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, HRSA, Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and several other local, regional, and national organizations.  Edson College faculty also collaborate with a wide-ranging group of community and healthcare organizations to improve the economic, social, and cultural health and vitality of shared local, state, national, and global communities. Examples of these organizations Include Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth, and the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

About Arizona State University

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit

Examples of Duties

  • Design and implement research protocols for Grace Center simulation and immersive technology (i.e., virtual reality) projects, with a focus on evaluation and assessment of current and proposed clinical education programs. Collect, prepare and analyze research data; maintain computer database of research data; tabulate and display data for presentation in research conferences and for manuscript preparation; use graphics and statistical software to analyze and present data. Collaborate with Grace Center Professor (Dr. Thomas Parsons) and other interprofessional scholars on efforts for clinical science research; participate in training of colleagues and students as needed. Identify, execute, and submit novel technology-related proposals for internal and external funding Search and review pertinent scientific literature as needed.


  • Create and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in collaboration with mentor(s), complete with goals, expectations, and related timelines. Participate in scheduled reviews to evaluate IDP progress including career development, career planning, and career readiness for a future tenure track faculty position.

Qualifications and Characteristics

Minimum qualifications.

  • Doctorate in clinical, behavioral, or health-related sciences (e.g., psychology, nursing, health) from an accredited university. Experience with SPSS or an equivalent statistical software package

Desired qualifications

  • Evidence of effective communication skills through teaching or professional presentation experience and/or professional publications. Prior extended reality (e.g., virtual reality) research experience through involvement in research projects. Prior psychophysiology (e.g., EDA, ECG, EEG) research experience through involvement in research projects. Experience with quantitative methods and data analysis

This position is located at the Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus. This postdoctoral fellowship position is for two years with the second-year contingent upon the fellow’s successful progress as outlined on his/her IDP.

Applications and Inquiries

Applications can be submitted online via .  Application materials should include a curriculum vitae; a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications noted above; a diversity statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance ASU’s Charter; and contact information for 3 references including email addresses. Application deadline is December 1, 2022.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Inquiries can be directed to Thomas D. Parsons, PhD (, Grace Center Professor for Innovation in Clinical Education, Simulation Science, & Immersive Technology. 

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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