Postdoctoral training opportunity in translational and community-engaged scholarship

Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in Translational and Community-Engaged Scholarship to Improve Community Living and Participation of People with Disabilities 

The Departments of Disability and Human Development, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology and Nutrition, and Biomedical and Health Informatics Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) are inviting applications from qualified candidates in any relevant discipline for postdoctoral research training experiences in research to improve community living and participation outcomes for persons with disabilities. This interdisciplinary postdoctoral program emphasizes preparing scholars to conduct research that has real world impact (i.e., guiding and changing services, programs, organizations and policies that affect persons with disabilities).

The training program includes:  a) didactic preparation, b) close mentoring by highly qualified researchers, c) immersion in ongoing research, and d) field placement in carefully selected programs or organizations partnering with researchers on research projects that promote translational and community-engaged scholarship. Trainees undergo a closely-supervised training process with a range of opportunities for developing their own research program, didactic and experiential training, and with common expected milestones.  Each trainee’s program will be individually designed to assure that the trainee has access to the most rigorous and relevant concepts and research methodologies for his/her chosen focus for studying needs, services, and outcomes.

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, ScD) by the time of hire and within the past 3 years.  The length of the training program is one year with potential for extending to two years.  UIC offers a competitive salary and benefits to eligible employees including health, dental and vision insurance, and paid holiday and leave time. In addition, eligible employees will receive a small travel budget as well as tuition support for any courses taken at UIC.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita and contact information for three professional references. Copies of relevant publications and a letter including a brief statement of research experience and research goals must be provided for full consideration. For fullest consideration, please submit application by August 10, 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send application to Maura Zigmont at For inquiries about this postdoctoral training opportunity contact Tamar Heller at

The University of Illinois  Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.