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Grainger Distinguished Postdoc Program

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Nov 9, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
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Grainger Distinguished Postdoc Program

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Grainger College of Engineering seeks to hire postdoctoral researchers to work with faculty in one or more of its twelve academic departments and/or its numerous centers and interdisciplinary research units. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is a full-time, benefits-eligible position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field within 10 years of the position's start date. Current students must meet all doctoral degree requirements prior to the start date of the position; the formal degree-granting date may be later. The total length of all postdoctoral appointments at Illinois may not exceed five years.

Applicants will automatically be considered for selection into the Grainger Distinguished Postdoc program. This program focuses on career advancement through infrastructure that includes:

1. A cohort model to increase representation and retention
2. Professional development on writing competitive grant proposals, teaching effectively, and engaging in impactful community outreach activities
3. Significant mentorship both mentoring of the postdoc and the postdoc learning how to manage relationships and mentor graduate and undergraduate student researchers
4. Regular community building activities to establish a vibrant interdisciplinary network of scholars that has a strong sense of belonging

How to Apply?

For full consideration, please submit your application by April 15, 2024. Rolling applications will be accepted through June 30, 2024. To apply, please submit your application: under the header Postdoctoral Research Associate 2023-24. Additional requirements:

1. Contact information for three reference letter writers
2. The following individual PDF documents
o Curriculum vitae
o Unofficial transcripts
o Research statement (2 page max)
o Statement on past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service (1 page is typical, 2 page max). Check the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement Guidelines.

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The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process.

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