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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Bioengineering

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University of Illinois at Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60612
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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Bioengineering (Job ID .#124272)


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The Children’s Participation in Environment Research Lab (CPERL) ( is seeking a postdoctoral associate who will engage in interdisciplinary and multi-site intervention and implementation research that leverages technology to advance family-centered and participation-focused pediatric (re)habilitation practice.

This is a 1-year training opportunity that has a negotiable start date between April-August 2020 and may be renewable for a second year. The successful applicant will receive a $42,500 salary.

The trainee will have dedicated space to support IDP completion. In addition, UIC postdoctoral trainees benefit from institutional supports for conducting interdisciplinary health-related research with diverse colleagues and target populations of interest. UIC is a Research I public institution, ranks as the 7th most diverse institution in the United States, and houses one of only seven Academic Health Centers in the country with a full complement of Health Sciences Colleges (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Applied Health Sciences, Social Work) on a single campus. The trainee will also have access to more localized research support via the College of Applied Health Sciences (CAHS), which consistently ranks among the top 5 colleges of allied health in research funding. CAHS has a research office that is located on the same floor as CPERL and manages all pre and post award support. This office will provide trainees with more immediate access to 3 full-time grant specialists, 2 biostatisticians, and an IRB specialist supervised by an Associate Dean for Research. The trainee may also access the Center for Clinical and Translational Science ( and the Institute for Health Research and Policy ( as needed. Beyond UIC, the trainee will be able to collaborate with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and our community partners serving families of children with developmental disabilities. Chicago is a vibrant city with world-class cuisine, architecture, shopping, reasonable cost of living, and Lake Michigan with waterfront activities.


The postdoctoral trainee will be mentored to develop advanced scientific and management skills to grow a research program in childhood disability. In accordance with best practice (NOT-OD-13-093) an individualized development plan (IDP) will guide growth in two ways:

  • Scientific Growth: Trainees will learn how to conduct analyses of newly collected data from pilot trials of electronic health interventions, to support the development of a scientific track record and grant procurement on technology-based interventions for family-centered and lifestyle-focused pediatric (re)habilitation.
  • Lab Management: Trainees will also build skills in managing the day-to-day operations of a research lab, including but not limited to: overseeing grant and protocol development, implementation, and evaluation in partnership with community-based agencies; hiring, training, and supervising lab members at multiple levels to support a continuum of mentorship; and managing a study budget.


Candidates should have completed all requirements for a research doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D.) in a relevant discipline (occupational science, rehabilitation science, public health, health informatics, computer science, or related discipline) prior to starting the position.

Applicants must electronically submit a cover letter (not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages) outlining their professional background and research interests and goals for the postdoctoral experience, a curriculum vitae, a transcript from the institution granting the doctoral degree, and contact information (name, title and affiliation(s), e-mail address, and phone numbers) of three professional references from persons who can comment on the candidate’s ability to successfully complete postdoctoral research training. Applications received by November 29, 2019 will receive priority consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit their application materials to: Once completed and applications have been reviewed, finalists will be invited for an interview.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and scholarly activities during the training period. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer, and these will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
institution/employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

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