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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Bridge to Faculty in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Employer
University of Illinois at Chicago
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Salary
Salary plus benefits
Closing date
Jan 27, 2022

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Education, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Research-Applied, Teaching-Graduate
Job Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellows program seeks to enhance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups that have been 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 position. 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 most diverse campuses and is designated as a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). 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.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on drug discovery, delivery, and elucidating the mechanisms of drug action. The Department is home to nearly 300 individuals across two campuses in Chicago and Rockford, IL, comprising 55 full-time faculty, 60 courtesy/emeriti faculty, 135 trainees, and 40 staff. Faculty come from a variety of disciplines such as pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacy, engineering, and forensic science. Our graduate program offers areas of concentration in the departmental strengths of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, pharmacognosy, chemistry in drug discovery, molecular mechanisms and therapeutics, and forensics. The Department houses a number of interactive and innovative research units including the Center for Biomolecular Sciences, Institute for Tuberculosis Research, Pharmacognosy Institute, UIC CENTRE for Drug Discovery, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine. Additional information about the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found at https://psci.pharmacy.uic.edu.

Research Areas:  

The ideal candidate’s research will be focused on one of the department’s five concentrations: Chemistry in Drug Discovery; Forensics; Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutics; Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery; and Pharmacognosy. 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. Our Department's ecosystem provides a highly supportive environment for the success of junior faculty members and Bridge to Faculty postdocs. 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. Applying to the Pharmaceutical Sciences Bridge to the Faculty position does not preclude a candidate from applying to other UIC departments participating in the Bridge to the Faculty program (and vice versa).

Duties:

Teaching and service duties will be kept to a minimum 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 the PhD and PharmD curricula. Research activities are expected to yield both publishable research and the preparation of a detailed research plan that will be used for consideration toward a tenure-track assistant professor position that would start in August 2024.

Qualifications:

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a closely related field no later than August 16, 2022. Although prior postdoctoral experience is preferred, all eligible applications will be considered. Qualified candidates must be legally eligible for employment in the United States. This position is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter and 1) a summary of the candidate’s previous research, 2) a two-page summary of future research plans, 3) a description of how their experiences or activities will contribute to UIC’s goal of a diverse faculty and student body, 4) the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and 5) the names and contact information for three researchers who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. For fullest consideration, applicants should submit all materials https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=156750 by January 31, 2022. Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Prof. Terry Moore at twmoore@uic.edu.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.


Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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 https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago is located at the heart of downtown Chicago and offers a highly collaborative academic environment within the university and with other institutions in the mid-west.
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