Chicago ARea Excellence in Education & Research (CAREER) program
Funded by the NIH/NIGMS K12 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) mechanism, the Chicago ARea Excellence in Education & Research (CAREER) program is a 3+ year mentored fellowship designed to provide rigorous and balanced team-based training in both teaching and research to a diverse group of postdoctoral fellows. The goal of UIC CAREER is to build a culturally diverse group of fellows who, upon completing the program, are well equipped to be leaders in academia at research- and teaching-intensive institutions alike. Specific objectives are to create a tailored training program for each scholar‚Äôs career goals that includes a research-intensive training experience, preparation in the core competencies required for excellence in teaching, and the development of critical career and cultural skills necessary to successfully transition to faculty positions at research- or teaching-focused institutions. A 4th year of support is included for fellows in need of additional training to meet these objectives. CAREER is a partnership between UIC and Governors State University (GSU), the only public university in Chicago‚Äôs south suburban area. The CAREER program unites faculty from the UIC Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine in collaboration to support the research and career development of fellows, while Governors State University provides support for developing teaching skills at an undergraduate institution. More information available at https://iracda.uic.edu
- Applicants must have completed a PhD in the life sciences or field related to mentor research (see https://iracda.uic.edu/research-mentors/) within the past 2 years or by the start of the CAREER program
- Applicants should have no more than 1 year of postdoc experience at the time of application
- Due to restrictions of the K12 funding mechanism, only US citizen or permanent residents are eligible
Applicants should submit the following on the application portal (https://go.uic.edu/iracda)
- Cover letter (max 1 page)
- 2-3 recommendation letters
- Statements (Personal, Teaching, Diversity)
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. The UIC CAREER program is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse group of fellows, and therefore is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people who can contribute to the multiculturalism and excellence of our academic community, including members of underrepresented minorities, women, covered veterans, LGTBIA+, and individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to attract world-class applicants who will go on to enrich the educational experience of future generations of students.
UIC is the largest and only public research university in the Chicago area, with more than 33,000 students, more than 10 inter-college programs, and annual research expenditures exceeding $355 million. Playing a critical role in Illinois healthcare, UIC operates the state‚Äôs major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois‚Äô physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. UIC is committed to training and serving the diverse populations of Chicago and the state of Illinois, and its central location near downtown Chicago makes it readily accessible. The US News & World Report has consistently ranked UIC among the top 20 most diverse campuses in the nation. As a federally designated Minority Serving Institution, Hispanic Serving Institution, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, UIC is a national leader among higher education institutions in providing training to underrepresented minority students.