Research Fellowship in Theoretical Chemistry

Chicago, Illinois
The compensation is in line with that of named postdoctoral fellowships at other private institution
Mar 05, 2021
Apr 01, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
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Full time

The Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry (CCTCh) at the University of Chicago invites exceptional young scientists who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded, the doctoral degree at institutions around the world to submit an online application for a CCTCh Research Fellowship in Theoretical Chemistry.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research. CCTCh Fellows also have a strong curiosity about theoretical chemistry and appreciate a collaborative experience. Fellows will work under the mentorship of one or two faculty during the Fellowship. Applications focused on collaborative and cross-disciplinary research are especially encouraged.

CCTCh Fellows are expected to begin their Fellowship shortly after being awarded their Ph.D.

The Ph.D. must be awarded, and proof furnished to the University of Chicago before the start of the Fellowship. A short period as a post-doctoral fellow elsewhere does not exclude eligibility, however, applicants cannot have had more than two years of postdoctoral experience from other institutions, nor been employed as an assistant professor, associate professor, or professor at any institution.

Approximately two to four Fellowships are awarded each year. The compensation is in line with that of named postdoctoral fellowships at other private institutions, and CCTCh Fellows will receive a travel allowance and research fund.

CCTCh Fellowships are granted for a period of one year and can be extended for a second year if sufficient progress is made. Starting dates must commence between July 1 and October 1 of the award year

The application deadline is April 1, 2021. No nominations are required.


Please email the following to

1. Curriculum Vitae with Publications List

At a minimum, your CV should include your current and previous institutional affiliation or employer with position titles, highest degree held or expected, thesis advisor, thesis title, degree institution, and date of degree. The list of publications should only include publications that are published or in press. Do not include reprints or any other materials as they will not be included in your file for review. 


2. Research Statement

Submit a clearly articulated statement of one or two research directions including a discussion of their connection to University of Chicago resources including current faculty members of the CCTCh. The ability to describe one's research in a way that can be understood and valued is critical to the competitive selection process of CCTCh Fellows. Therefore, your statement should not exceed 2 pages, including references and figures. The file should be submitted as a pdf and use a font no smaller than 11 point.


3. Potential Host Faculty

It is required to specify at least one CCTCh faculty host. Joint projects among CCTCh groups is encouraged. We encourage applicants to contact potential hosts during the course of your application process to ascertain possible collaborative opportunities. The support of your potential host is required if you expect to be placed in their group.


4. References

Provide the names and email addresses of three references who will be able to write about your potential as a CCTCh Fellow. The references may be from any institution. All references must be able to provide their letter by the April 15, 2021 deadline. It is your responsibility to verify your references' email addresses and to ensure their willingness to provide a letter on your behalf prior to the application deadline date.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.


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