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University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Position Number: 2670915
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Position Type: Education

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate

Medical Education, College of Medicine



The Department of Medical Education (DME) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for a Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate position. A successful Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate may be appointed for an additional year, and, with department approval, may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty status in the 2024-2025 academic year. The expected start date for the Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate is August 16, 2022. The successful candidate must have completed a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., J.D. or relevant terminal degree) no earlier than August 16, 2018 and no later than August 1, 2022.

The Bridge to the Faculty program is an initiative to diversify the faculty by attracting and retaining promising individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in health professions education and the health humanities. In addition to mentorship within the Department of Medical Education, the research associate will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Scholars.

We seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate pursuing a career in the field of health professions education and health humanities. This includes individuals from a variety of social science and humanities disciplinary backgrounds (psychology, sociology, teacher education, anthropology, philosophy, history, literature, ethics, critical studies, health equity, ethics, and others), as well as professional backgrounds (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., and J.D.). The capacity to connect these fields to matters of race and ethnicity in the health professions is valued. Direct experience in medical education or other health professions education contexts is desirable but not required.

This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package. Postdoctoral Research Associate are expected to teach one course per year, develop an active research program, and participate in a mentoring program.

The Department of Medical Education (DME) at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is the oldest continuously operating department of medical education in the world, with a strong commitment to scholarship and leadership in the field. The department is highly interdisciplinary. Faculty come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds that include, sociology, statistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ethics, and the health humanities. The work of DME faculty involves instruction, curriculum design, research, and service in the fields of health professions education, health humanities, and healthcare ethics. Its core educational contributions include training Ph.D., M.H.P.E. (Master of Health Professions Education), M.P.S.L. (Master of Patient Safety Leadership) and M.D students.

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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).


A doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., J.D. or relevant terminal degree) is required and must be in hand by August 1, 2022.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, January 28, 2022.

Applicants should submit materials to

Applications should include:

1. Cover letter that includes a summary of research, career goals, and information concerning how the applicant will further the university's goal of building a culturally diverse educational environment.
2. Complete curriculum vitae.
3. References with names and email addresses of three academic references.
4. Statement of scholarly agenda limited to one page.
5. Statements of teaching philosophy limited to one page.
6. Writing sample, such as dissertation chapter, published article, or article submitted for publication.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Search Committee Co-Chair, Jeffrey Cheung,

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Our goal is to attract world-class scholars to enrich the educational experience of our bright and motivated students. UIC is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community of scholars committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

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.

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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