Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Opportunities in Illinois Computer Science

Illinois Future Faculty Fellows
Get matched with an Illinois Computer Science faculty mentor to help prepare for an academic career in research and teaching!  Join our thriving community of creative, passionate, and innovative scholars for opportunities for career development, networking, and research collaborations. Apply below - be sure to include the names of 1-5 department faculty who you are interested in working with in your cover letter. 

Other Postdoctoral Opportunities at Illinois

Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Program at Illinois
The Beckman Institute offers three different postdoctoral fellow programs that support outstanding scientists and offer a unique opportunity for selected scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship focused on interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute.


Illinois Future Faculty Fellows - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




The Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the “Future Faculty” program. The Future Faculty Program is a selective program offering two-year postdoctoral positions whose goal is to mentor and prepare outstanding candidates for an academic career in research and teaching. Candidates will be paired with a faculty mentor who will serve as their research supervisor. In addition, interested candidates will have the opportunity to teach up to one course per semester with strong mentorship and logistic support that guides candidates in good pedagogical practices. Individuals in the program will be mentored through the faculty job search process and will have the opportunity to be considered for a faculty position at Illinois. Candidates in all areas of computer science are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this position are expected to have a PhD or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely related field.  ABD (all but degree) applicants may apply and confirmation of your completed degree requirements must be provided on or before the start date. 

The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with approximately 1,800 undergraduate majors and over 1,200 graduate students across seventeen different degree programs. In addition to our flagship undergraduate program in The Grainger College of Engineering, which includes a diverse class of over 30% women in our freshman class, our innovative CS + X programs incorporate a strong grounding in CS with technical or professional training in the arts and sciences across a dozen different disciplines. We seek applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department. Successful applicants will join the department’s thriving community of creative, passionate, and innovative teaching and research faculty who contribute to high-quality instruction and research. Our graduate program is ranked one of the top five in the country by US News & World Report. We are also one of the leading teaching units on campus, offering computing education to students in every discipline.

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

The start date for these positions is flexible. Application review will begin immediately. In order to ensure full consideration for a Fall 2021 start date, applications must be received by Monday, February 1, 2021. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing dates; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Applications should be submitted by visiting and uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants should indicate what their ultimate career goals within the content of their cover letter, as well as the Illinois faculty with whom they are interested in working. Applicants may also submit supporting material relevant to evaluating their teaching abilities. For inquiry, please call 217-300-3309 or

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.