Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Illinois Chicago)

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Job title: Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Illinois Chicago)
Hiring institution: University of Illinois Chicago: Urban Planning and Policy (UPP)
Location: Chicago, Illinois | United States
Application deadline: 02/06/2023

The Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) ( is hiring a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (B2F) to begin in August 2023. B2F is a university level initiative designed to increase faculty diversity through the recruitment, retention, and promotion of scholars from groups that are historically underrepresented in their fields and departments. The program seeks to transition recruited scholars to tenure-track positions after two years of successful work during which the scholar will be provided with adequate time, resources and mentorship to focus on research activities and scholarly publications. The position is designed to allow the candidate to prepare and submit publications from their PhD dissertation and to develop a post dissertation research program that will allow them to position themselves in the field. Teaching responsibilities will not exceed a total of one course for the duration of the two-year B2F postdoctoral period. Subject to satisfactory performance and University approval, the successful candidate may be re-appointed for one additional year as a postdoctoral scholar. Successful postdocs in the Bridge to Faculty program may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2025-2026 academic year.

In addition to their mentorship within UPP, the postdoctoral scholar will benefit from a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with other B2F Scholars. More information on the B2F program can be found here:

Eligibility: We seek candidates with a PhD in urban planning and policy or a related discipline who exhibit a promising research trajectory and a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We encourage applications from those whose expertise and interests fit broadly in one or more of the following areas: environmental planning and policy, urban sustainability, resilience, and environmental justice. The successful candidate will bring to their research critical perspectives on urban planning that incorporate the experiences of underrepresented groups in the US as well as on social groups underserved by academic research and teaching. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability to effectively work with diverse student populations at a university in the United States.

Department Information: The Department of Urban Planning and Policy currently offers a growing and very successful undergraduate program (BA) in Urban Studies and three graduate degrees: Master in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), Master in City Design (MCD), and PhD in Urban Planning and Policy. Established 50 years ago and comprising five concentrations—community development, economic development, environmental planning and policy, spatial planning, and urban transportation—the MUPP program is one of the largest planning programs in North America.

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) was created in 1995 as part of UIC’s Great Cities Initiative and is now home to two academic departments and eight research centers. In addition to UPP, the college houses the Department of Public Policy, Management and Analytics, and eight research centers: the Government Finance Research Center, the Urban Transportation Center, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Urban Data Visualization Lab, the Center for Urban Economic Development, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, the Great Cities Institute, and the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.

UIC is a Carnegie Doctoral Research-Extensive institution and serves as the City’s only public research university. With an exceptionally diverse enrollment of over 33,000 students, UIC is designated as both a Research-Extensive and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Located on Chicago’s Near West Side, UIC offers an opportunity to study urban planning, urban policy, and city design in one of the world’s great cities. Our goal is to attract world class faculty and enrich the educational experience of our students. UIC is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty committed to teaching, researching, and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations.

Application Procedure: For full consideration, please apply by February 6, 2023 through Job ID # 1015279. A completed online application with the following attachments is required for consideration: a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae or resume, a writing sample, and contact information (including the email addresses of three references). For specific questions about the application, please contact Ms. Doris Nelson ( For questions about the position, please contact Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kazuya Kawamura ( Active screening of applicants begins on February 6, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of offer of employment in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and does not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era and complies with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.

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