Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location
Champaign, IL
Closing date
Jul 29, 2021

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Title:Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist Job Category:Academic Professional Description:

Discovery Partners Institute

Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist

University of Illinois System - Chicago

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The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with some of the world's top research institutions, DPI does three things centered around economic development: tech talent development for high-demand tech jobs; applied research and development; and building a stronger tech ecosystem. DPI prepares students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs. It also builds research teams and matches them with new funding. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer - and keep them here.

DPI invites nominations and applications for Research Scientists and Senior Research Scientists. These roles offer an extraordinary opportunity to help shape and drive one of DPI core missions: Research & Development. These positions bring together research initiatives by coalescing teams of faculty and scientists across institutions and disciplines. Research Scientists are principal contributors in developing specific research project requirements and are responsible for all aspects of the project from conception to finding funding through execution.

Research Scientists must demonstrate leadership, for example, as principal investigator, as head of a defined research project, or as key interstitial members of research teams. They must provide overall program/project leadership and management, conduct and publish self-initiated research, conduct research across programs or projects, train and manage other researchers or staff, and participate in long-range research planning. Research Scientists are expected to work closely with both our internal R&D team members as well as the external members of our Science Teams. DPI is especially interested in supporting research that is relevant or provides economic benefit to the state of Illinois and has commercialization potential. Experience in commercialization is preferred.

Duties:

Duties:

  • Provide intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for DPI's R&D enterprise
  • Perform original research resulting in principles and methods, as well as development tools and artifacts and other forms of intellectual property, and document them in scientific publications
  • Identify and prepare research proposals to federal, state, non-profits, and industry partners
  • Bring scientific initiatives together involving faculty members and scientists from DPI institutions and extend these initiatives to include partners from industry and government organizations.
  • Plan, coordinate, implement and perform research using scientific methodologies in an efficient and ethical manner
  • Supervise research activities of research staff assigned to the project(s), including (but not limited to) a Project Director, Post-Doctoral Research Associates, Research Specialists and Graduate Research Assistants as well as Visiting Scholars and other research staff.
  • Manage the project throughout its life cycle, ensuring that the research objectives are on schedule in accordance with the sponsor's expectations.
  • Communicate personal and general DPI R&D research activities and results to industry partners.
  • Liaise with higher education partners to identify new opportunities and coalesce researchers around specific areas of interest.
  • Work closely with internal R&D Team members and external Science Teams
  • Additional duties as required
Qualifications:Qualifications

  • Candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree in a computing-relevant field
  • Minimum of four years' experience in managing a research program or team. (Severn years required for the Senior Research Scientist title)
  • Possess and apply advanced knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods.
  • Experience in leading externally funded research projects, building research teams, and conducting research across institutions strongly preferred.
  • The candidate should have an in-depth knowledge of the funding agency priorities and processes within their field.
  • Work well in a dynamic start-up like environment.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by July 29, 2021 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/.

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899

System Human Resource Services
(312) 996-5130
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The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date:07/29/2021

Organization

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.

Faculty

A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.

Research

Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference. http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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