University of Illinois at Chicago

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Community Health Sciences

School of Public Health


University of Illinois at Chicago logoThe Division of Community Health Sciences in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) invites applications to its Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Scholars Program. We invite applications from scholars who desire a career in academic public health and whose work is grounded in any of our program's core areas of interest, which are broadly focused on informing the development, implementation, and evaluation of population-based approaches (including programs and policies) to promote health equity throughout the life course. Of particular interest are applicants whose work addresses structural determinants of health, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism, and who have expertise in mental health, gender and sexual minority health, aging and cognitive health, women's reproductive health including reproductive justice and gender-based violence, and/or children's health. We welcome applications from scholars with domestic and/or global expertise.

The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Scholars Program is a University-level initiative to recruit promising scholars from under-represented backgrounds, with the ultimate aim of increasing faculty diversity at UIC. The position is a benefits-eligible two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the potential to transition to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the completion of the program. The selected scholar will be involved in a robust mentoring program within UIC-SPH, and will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity along with other Bridge to the Faculty Scholars.


The primary expectations for the postdoctoral scholar will be to establish a robust program of research and a foundation for teaching excellence in a diverse academic environment. The scholar will have access to institutional and departmental resources specifically designed to support the successful transition to an assistant professor position. These include guidance from primary and secondary research mentors, access to workshops and seminars that foster research and teaching excellence, assistance with grant applications from UIC-SPH Research Services, shadowing and other forms of mentoring in teaching excellence, and peer mentoring and support through formal and informal interactions with other postdoctoral fellows.


An earned doctorate in a field relevant to Public Health. Candidates must have received the doctorate on or after August 16, 2016, with a preference for those awarded January 2018 or later; the degree must be in hand by August 16, 2021.

Application Procedure:

For fullest consideration, please apply by January 15, 2021 in the UIC application system: (Job ID # 140263). A completed on-line application and the following attachments are required for consideration:

  1. Cover letter addressing interest in the Bridge to Faculty Program. The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicant's cover letter must explain how their selection for this position will further this goal. The letter also should address the applicant's research interests as well as interest in teaching, mentorship, and service within and outside of the university.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Names and contact information of three individuals willing to provide letters of recommendation.
  4. A scholarly writing sample (e.g., dissertation chapter, report or published paper on which you are the sole or primary author).

For specific questions about the application process, please contact Vanessa Valenzuela ( For questions about the position, please contact Search Chair Nadine Peacock (

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. 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

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Last updated: 2021-01-17