Future Faculty Conference

The University of Chicago Department of Chemistry invites postdoctoral fellows to attend our 2021 Future Faculty Conference on May 24th-25th, 2021

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This conference aims to promote the early-career development of researchers working in exciting new directions in all areas of chemistry. As a participant, you can present your research to a diverse audience, network with researchers in your field(s), and learn about ongoing research at UChicago. The UChicago academic community places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity.

Eligible Participants

The conference welcomes postdoctoral fellows who have no previous affiliation with UChicago (Ph.D. or postdoc). The conference aims to attract people interested in academic/faculty careers in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, materials, chemical biology, biophysics, and other areas of molecular science. We also seek to increase the diversity of researchers in chemistry; therefore, we particularly welcome applications from researchers who come from any groups that are underrepresented in the physical sciences.


Travel and Funding

The conference is sponsored by the University of Chicago Department of Chemistry and will be held either in person or over Zoom, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. If an in-person conference occurs, the University will cover all travel expenses and meals during the conference.


The Application submission window closes: Monday, Mar. 1st, 2021

Applicants should complete the online application form and request a brief recommendation letter from their present advisor/mentor. NOTE: your advisor must send their recommendation letter separately, via email to lbaker@uchicago.edu, by the March 1st deadline.

The application form requires:

· A 1-2 page research summary (page limit not including references) with no personal identifying information. Do not include: your name, university name, or advisor names in the summary. This format will be used to evaluate the research summaries independently of the individual and their identity.

· A brief statement (300 words) that describes how your trajectory and growth as a scientific scholar is formed by your identity(ies), and what you perceive is the value of diversity and inclusion in science.

· A curriculum vitae (CV)

· Your recommender’s name and email

Be a part of vigorous discourse with scholars from around the world


Please send any inquiries to Laura Baker.

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