University of Illinois at Chicago

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Bridge to Faculty in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences, to be served in UIC’s College of Pharmacy beginning August 16, 2020.

Program Goals:

The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellows 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 an outstanding candidate from a postdoctoral assignment to a research active, tenure-track faculty member. UIC strongly encourages applications from individuals who have demonstrated a background and/or record of scholarship that will best support UIC’s diverse student body. UIC is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses and is designated both as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UIC is located adjacent to downtown Chicago and is a comprehensive, urban, public, Research 1 university with access to state-of- the-art research facilities. Additional information about the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found at

Research Areas:

The ideal candidate’s research will be focussed on cancer, women's health, infectious disease, or neurological disorders. These are areas in which the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences can provide mentoring as well as considerable local resources. One of the unique strengths of the Department is its focus on intra- and inter-departmental collaboration. Because collaboration of senior investigators with junior faculty necessarily requires teaching by example, our Department's ecosystem provides a highly supportive environment for junior faculty members. The successful candidate will work with established UIC faculty to develop an independent and competitive research program that would make them attractive for conversion to an open UIC tenure-track faculty position in the Department after two years.

Candidate Qualifications and Duties:

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacuetical Sciences, or a closely related field no later than August 16, 2020. Qualified candidates must be legally eligible for employment in the United States. This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship. Mentored teaching and service duties will be limited to allow the candidate to develop an independent research program. The Department provides outstanding instruction in pharmaceutical sciences to PhD and PharmD students. Courses within the College are team-taught; the Postdoctoral Fellow will teach lectures in both the PhD and PharmD curricula. Research activites are expected to yield both publishable research and the preparation of a detailed research plan that will be used to apply for a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department that would start in August, 2022.

To apply:

Applications must include a cover letter and 1) a summary of the candidate’s previous research, as well as any future research plans, 2) a description of how the applicant will help UIC meet its goal of a diverse faculty and student body, 3) the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for two researchers who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. Applicants should submit all materials to by January 30, 2020. Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Prof. Terry Moore at

UIC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UIC will conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and these are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Last updated: 2020-01-15