Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA)

Employer
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted
Dec 02, 2020
Employment Level
Post-Doc
Employment Type
Full Time

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diverse Faculty Search Description:

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). This position will begin on August 16, 2021.

Purpose:

Bridge to the Faculty Scholars Program is designed to recruit promising scholars with the goal of recruiting, mentoring and supporting their transition to a tenure-track junior faculty position. The position involves an initial two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. A successful Postdoctoral Research Associate, with department approval, will have the opportunity to transition to a tenure-track faculty position starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. More information can be found at diversity.uic.edu/engagement/bridge-to-the-faculty.

The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate program seeks to advance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented in science. The determined goal of this fellowship is to recruit, mentor, and support the transition of outstanding candidates from postdoctoral assignments to research-active, tenure-track faculty members. UIC strongly encourages applications from individuals who have demonstrated a background and/or record of scholarship. Given the extensive diversity of UIC's student population, a successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of barriers affecting populations traditionally underrepresented in the field of engineering and groups that are traditionally marginalized in the United States.

In addition to mentorship within ECE, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Scholars. The Bridge to the Faculty Scholars Program is funded by the Chancellor's Office and is administered through the Office of the Provost.

 

Eligibility:

The ECE Department is looking for a dynamic Postdoctoral Research Associate in any area of electrical or computer engineering who will contribute to increase the visibility of the department through scholarly work published in high-impact journals and conferences, and help secure federal and/or industrial grants.

UIC seeks applicants whose creative work/research, teaching and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The position is available in the Fall 2021 semester and the initial term of employment will be for 12 months. Subject to satisfactory performance, and University approval, you may be re-appointed for one additional year. Successful postdocs in the Bridge to the Faculty program may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in ECE or a closely related field no earlier than August 16, 2017 and no later than August 16, 2021.

Context:

Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university with a diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. Part of the University of Illinois land grant higher education system, UIC is among the nation's top five most diverse campuses; it is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UIC's undergraduate population is currently 26.4% Hispanic, 23.1% Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander, 7.9% Black, 35.8% White, 9.3% International, and 4.3% other/unknown. 53% of UIC's students are low income, and 36% are Pell eligible.

Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Postdoctoral Research Associates will teach one class each year (these may include both undergraduate and graduate students) and participate in program activities. The fellowship is designed to encourage peer-reviewed scholarly publications. This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit materials to jobs.uic.edu

1. Cover letter addressing interest in the Fellowship, ECE and UIC. The University of Illinois is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
2. CV including list of publications.
3. Three letters of recommendation; one must be from the dissertation committee chair or faculty advisor.
4. A writing sample (dissertation proposal or publication).
5. Statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly agenda.

All application materials must be received by January 15, 2021.

The University of Illinois Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899.