Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Bridge to the Faculty in Sociology

Posted: 11/23/2020 (Employment)

Title:               Postdoctoral Research Associate – Bridge to the Faculty in Sociology (Job ID 139356)

Department: LAS/Sociology

Category:       Postdoctoral Research Associate

Location:        Chicago

Close Date:    12/04/2020

Description:   The University of Illinois Chicago invites applications for a Sociology Bridge to  the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Health, beginning  August 16th, 2021.

Program Goals: The Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate program seeks to advance diversity on 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. The determined goal of this program 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 demonstrated a background and/or record of scholarship that will best support UIC’s diverse student body. UIC is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses and is designated a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). UIC is located just outside downtown Chicago and is a comprehensive, urban, public, Research 1 university with access to state-of-the-art research facilities. The UIC Sociology department is diverse, engages in public sociology, draws on and exhibits expertise in multiple research methods, and studies the intersection of multiple inequalities.  Information about the Department of Sociology can be found at

 Position: Research Areas: The ideal candidate will specialize in the study of health and race. These are critical areas of inquiry for the department as we seek to meet student and research demand. We may also consider those scholars specializing in health without a specific race focus. The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in Sociology or related field within the past five years – no earlier than August 15, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2021. Postdoctoral research associates are expected to teach one course per year and to maintain an active research program. This is a full-time position and includes a competitive salary and benefits package. Subject to satisfactory performance in the first year, applicants can be re-appointed for a second year (with University approval).  Successful post-doctoral associates will then have the opportunity to transition to faculty starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. In addition to mentorship within Sociology, fellows will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Fellows. The Bridge to the Faculty Fellowship is funded by the Chancellor’s Office, and administered through the Office of the Provost.

 To Apply: For full consideration, candidates should submit the on-line applications with the names and email addresses of 3 references by December 4, 2020.

Applicants should submit materials to Applications should  include:

1. A cover letter that includes information about how the applicant’s scholarly research agenda focuses on race and health and contributes to core areas of strength in our department as well as a statement on teaching philosophy.

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. A statement of commitment to and experiences with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service.

4. 2 writing samples, limited to 40 pages or less for each.

For further information about the search, please contact the chair of the search committee, Claire Decoteau, at

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Deadline: 12/04/2020