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Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biomedical Engineering
The Richard and Loan Hill Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago invites applicants for a Bridge to Faculty postdoctoral research associate position beginning August 16, 2024. The Bridge to Faculty Scholars Program is a UIC postdoctoral program designed to recruit underrepresented scholars, with the goal of transitioning them to tenure-track faculty positions after two years (https://diversity.uic.edu/faculty/bridge-to-faculty/). This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC, as well as diversify our faculty to better serve the cultural wealth of our students, our community, and the nation.
UIC, located just west of downtown and Lake Michigan, is the largest public research university in the metropolitan Chicago area with a total annual budget exceeding $2 billion and research expenditures exceeding $500 million. The campus has 16 colleges and schools including one of the largest medical schools in the country, serving one of the nation’s most diverse student populations, with over 34,000 students, 2,000 faculty and 8,000 staff.
UIC was ranked 13th overall among all U.S. public universities, and 8th in social mobility among both public and private universities in the most recent Wall Street Journal study, which analyzed public data to evaluate student outcomes, the learning environment and diversity, in combination with student and alumni surveys.
We are among the nation’s top ten most diverse campuses and are designated a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Asian American and Native AmericanbPacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). See https://oae.uic.edu/resources/diversity-resources/ for more about Diversity at UIC.
- Biomedical Engineering, jointly operated by the College of Engineering (COE) and College of Medicine (COM) at UIC, has over 25 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty and ~100 affiliate faculty, with 350 undergraduate, 75 MS and 100 PhD students. Faculty in the department have a long tradition of working closely with health and life science researchers at UIC, as well as with investigators at other major academic medical centers in the Chicago area, to pursue transdisciplinary research.
- We seek rising leaders who will engage in transformational biomedical engineering and bioinformatics research. Applicants should be outstanding technically in their basic science and engineering niche, yet have a strong collaborative interest in specific application areas. Individuals that can bridge areas of existing expertise in the department in bioinformatics and quantitative biology, cell and tissue engineering, neural and rehabilitation engineering, medical devices, and medical imaging with each other and with expertise found elsewhere at UIC and in the Chicago region are especially encouraged to apply.
- B2F Program. The successful candidate will spend two years working in a lab in the Department aligned to their research interests, following a detailed mentoring plan. They are expected to develop a successful independent research program that will be competitive for federal grants, and that will support success toward transition to a tenure-track faculty position in the Department. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will focus on their research program, with no expected teaching or service responsibilities. Subject to satisfactory performance, and University approval, the Associate 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 2026–2027 academic year. Selected scholars will participate in a mentoring experience in the department and programming through the Office of The Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to Faculty Scholars.
- Elligibility. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics or a closely related field no earlier than August 16, 2019 and no later than August 16, 2024.
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UIC Bioengineering has a tradition of strength in cell and tissue engineering, neural engineering, bioinformatics, biomedical imaging, biomechanics, and biomolecular engineering. As part of the only major state-supported research institution in the city of Chicago, the department seriously pursues its mission to sponsor life-changing, cutting-edge research while providing students with a world-class education in bioengineering and bioinformatics. Bioengineering is unique in the College of Engineering in that it is the only one of the college’s six departments to be housed cooperatively within another UIC college, in this case, the College of Medicine.
UIC is a major public research university (Carnegie R1) with about 2,800 faculty and more than 31,000 students. It is ranked No. 9 by U.S. News & World Report for diversity, and it ranks No. 7 in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education list of best value institutions, one place behind Harvard University and two places behind Stanford University. This is a recognition given to universities that provide an excellent education compared with net cost. UIC also is a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Chicago epitomizes the modern, livable, vibrant, and diverse city. World-class amenities such as the lakefront, arts and culture venues, festivals, and two international airports make Chicago a singularly enjoyable place to live with an affordable cost of living, whether in an 88th-floor condominium downtown or on a tree-lined street in one of the nation’s finest school districts. The birthplace of the modern skyscraper, Chicago boasts one of the world’s tallest and most iconic skylines, an 8,100-acre park system, and extensive public transit and biking networks.
UIC is committed to increasing access to education, employment, programs and services for all. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UIC is committed to supporting the success of dual-career couples. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.