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Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Industrial Engineering

University of Illinois

Job Description

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The Department of Mechanical and Industrial at the University of Illinois Chicago invites applicants for a Bridge to Faculty postdoctoral research associate position in
Industrial Engineering, beginning August 16, 2023.

The Bridge to Faculty Scholars Program is a UIC postdoctoral program designed to recruit underrepresented scholars, with the goal of transitioning them to tenure-track faculty positions after two years (https://diversity.uic.edu/faculty/bridge-to-faculty/). This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC, as well as diversify our faculty to better serve the cultural wealth of our students, our community, and the nation. UIC is a comprehensive, urban, public, R1 university with state-of-the-art research facilities and a national leader among public higher education institutions in providing access to a diverse student body. We are among the nation’s top ten most diverse campuses and are designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). See https://oae.uic.edu/resources/diversity-resources/ for more about Diversity at UIC.


The successful candidate will spend two years working in a lab in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering that is closely aligned to their research interests, following a detailed mentoring plan. They are expected to develop a successful independent research program that will be competitive for federal grants, and that will support success toward transition to a tenure-track faculty position in the Department. The Scholar is expected to teach one course per year and establish their research program.

Subject to satisfactory performance, and University approval, the scholar may be re-appointed for one additional year. Successful postdocs in the Bridge to the Faculty program may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2025–2026 academic year. Selected scholars will participate in a mentoring experience in the department and programming through the Office of The Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to Faculty Scholars.

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field no earlier than August 16, 2019 and no later than August 16, 2023. We are especially interested in receiving applications from Scholars with expertise in advanced manufacturing, data sciences/analytics, healthcare, human factors, or energy-related areas.
Applicants should submit an online application and additional materials to https://jobs.uic.edu by February 15, 2023.

Applications must include a cover letter and 1) a research plan, 2) statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional career, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information of at least three references. The research plan does not require a defined faculty sponsor but should include short- and long-term research interests so that a potential mentor can be identified.

Questions about this position can be sent to Professors Yayue Pan (yayuepan@uic.edu) or Jeremiah Abiade (jta@uic.edu). Review of applications will begin 1/16/2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Preferred Qualifications



The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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