Bridge to Faculty Opening

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). This position will begin on August 16, 2021.


Bridge to the Faculty is a new postdoctoral program designed to recruit scholars with the goal of giving them a head start so that successful postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to transition to a tenure-track faculty position starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. More information can be found at

The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Fellows program seeks to advance diversity at 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 STEM, and in ECE in particular. The determined goal of this fellowship is to recruit, mentor, and support the transition of outstanding candidates from postdoctoral assignments to research-active, tenure-track faculty members. UIC strongly encourages applications from individuals who have been trained in the USA and have demonstrated a background and/or record of scholarship that will best support UIC’s diverse student body.

Fellows will participate in a mentoring experience, with the opportunity to meet other Fellows and faculty through the Diverse Faculty Learning Community (Office of Diversity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs). The Bridge to the Faculty Fellowship is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and is administered through the Office of the Provost.


The ECE department is looking for a dynamic postdoctoral research associate in any area of electrical or computer engineering who will contribute to increase the visibility of the department through scholarly work published in high-impact journals and conferences, and help secure federal and/or industrial grants.

UIC seeks applicants whose creative work/research, teaching and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The position is available in the Fall 2021 semester and the initial term of employment will be for 24 months. Ph.D. must be obtained within five years before August 16, 2021.


Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university with a diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. Part of the University of Illinois land grant higher education system, UIC is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses; it is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UIC’s undergraduate population is currently 26.4% Hispanic, 23.1% Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander, 7.9% Black, 35.8% White, 9.3% International, and 4.3% other/unknown. 53% of UIC’s students are low income, and 36% are Pell eligible.

Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Postdoctoral research associates will teach one class each year (these may include both undergraduate and graduate students) and participate in program activities. The fellowship is designed to encourage peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit materials to

  1. 1.  Cover letter addressing interest in the Fellowship, ECE and UIC. The University of Illinois is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
  2. 2.  CV including list of publications.
  3. 3.  Three letters of recommendation; one must be from the dissertation committee chair or faculty advisor.
  4. 4.  A writing sample (dissertation proposal or publication).
  5. 5.  Statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly agenda.

All application materials must be received by January 15, 2021.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.

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Postdoctoral Research Associates are expected to teach one course per year, maintain an active research agenda, work towards publishing their work, and participate in program activities.


Ph.D. must be obtained within five years before August 16, 2021.