Department of Anthropology Bridge to Faculty postdoctoral fellowship in Sociocultural Anthropology

Posted: December 28, 2022
Deadline: January 3, 2023

Department of Anthropology Bridge to Faculty postdoctoral fellowship in Sociocultural Anthropology

Description: The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago invites applicants for a Bridge to Faculty postdoctoral research associate position in sociocultural anthropology beginning August 16, 2023.

Research Areas: We seek to hire an exceptional emerging scholar with broad and innovative theoretical interests in sociocultural anthropology. We are particularly interested in anthropologists who work at the intersections of health, medicine and the environment. Anthropologists who focus on racial disparities in health and access to health; migrant and refugee health; environmental toxicity; or food justice with a medical or environmental focus are particularly welcome.  The preferred area of regional expertise is open.

The successful candidate must have completed their PhD in Anthropology within the past five years – no earlier than August 15, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2023. 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

Purpose: The Bridge to Faculty Scholars 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 in our discipline. Bridge to Faculty is designed to recruit scholars with the goal of transitioning them to faculty members after two years. After the first year, and subject to satisfactory performance and University approval, this position may be re-appointed for a second year. Successful postdoctoral associates may have the opportunity to transition to tenure track faculty starting in the 2025-2026 academic year. Scholars will participate in a mentoring experience within the department, with the opportunity to meet other Scholars through cohort-based events and workshops organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement.

The Bridge to the Faculty Fellowship is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement.

To Apply: 

For additional information about the department, go to Inquiries can be sent to the Search Chair: Dr. Molly Doane (

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 3, 2022 (extended deadline).

Applicants should submit materials to

Please complete the on-line application with the names and email addresses of 3 references and also include:

  1. A cover letter which succinctly addresses the applicant’s interest in the position, their current scholarship, and a brief statement on their teaching philosophy.
  2. A full curriculum vitae that includes the names and email addresses of three academic references. Please note, for applicants who are currently ABD, and for whom we solicit letters we would expect the dissertation advisor to clearly certify that the doctoral degree will be conferred no later August 15, 2023.
  3. A research statement/research plan that addresses what the applicant plans to accomplish in terms of research and scholarship as a postdoctoral associate and early career assistant professor. This should outline the aims of your research beyond your thesis work.
  4. A diversity statement that addresses the applicant’s commitment to diversity and how the applicant would contribute to UIC’s goal of teaching and mentoring a diverse and multicultural student body.
  5. A writing sample not to exceed 40 double spaced pages.

Context: 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). UIC’s undergraduate population is currently 26.4% Hispanic, 23.1% Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander, 7.9% Black, 35.8% White, 9.3% International, and 4.3% other/unknown. 53% of UIC’s students are low income, and 36% are Pell eligible.

The University of Illinois Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer,
dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed
to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We are committed to equal
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Published: 12/28/2022