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Venture Creation Lead

DPI is seeking a number of emerging entrepreneurs to take a central role in the development of startup companies based on innovative ideas and technologies developed at University of Illinois System campuses. Venture Creation Leads analyze innovations for technological merit, their ability to disrupt or expand markets, and the competitive business environment they serve. Innovation that exceed expectations and align with one or more of DPI’s investment strategies proceed on a path to new venture formation. The Venture Creation Lead then plays a key role in the company creation process, working with internal and external business, technical, and industry experts to create a sustainable startup company.

The Venture Creation Lead is responsible for aligning technology and innovations from across the University of Illinois System with a strategic industry thesis to identify opportunities for new products and businesses. Working with the Sector Directors on a project basis, the Lead will execute market analysis and opportunity evaluation to define and drive new ventures. There will be the opportunity for Leads to engage in launching the new businesses and possibly joining those new ventures.

The DPI New Business Ventures team is committed to increasing startup company development across the entire University of Illinois System. Our team includes entrepreneurs, senior executives, and experts in all aspects of company building who support, teach, and mentor Venture Creation Leads throughout the new venture development process.

Deadline: November 14, 2022

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Relationship Manager, R&D Industry Program

The Relationship Manager, R&D Industry Program will be a key member of the DPI R&D Industry team and is responsible for analyzing, cultivating, and managing select relationships with emerging industry partners. The R&D Team is comprised of the DPI Research Director, R&D Scientists and Science Team Directors, Sector Leaders and the R&D Industry Team this position requires interacting with all these colleagues to connect DPI research efforts with industry needs.

Deadline: November 15, 2022

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Assistant Director of Outreach

The Assistant Director for Outreach will support the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) with maintaining external relationships and disseminating research findings to external partners and stakeholders. The Assistant Director will join a team doing research on educational issues in the state of Illinois and ensure that the findings have the most impact they can. The role will help translate research into usable products and materials that educators, policymakers, caregivers, and the general public can access, understand, and put into practice/policy. The role will also maintain relationships with critical partners who can inform (and be informed by) IWERC’s work.

Deadline: November 21, 2022

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Software Development Educator

Reporting directly to the Director of Workforce Education, this position will play a critical role in implementing the software development instructional programs for adults within DPI’s Workforce Development unit, which is focused on expanding the diversity of our tech talent pipeline. At DPI, we are preparing adults with little or no tech experience to develop software development skills and launch a successful career in tech with an intentional focus on underrepresented and underserved populations. The ideal candidate has a passion for software development, beginner focused education, and social impact and is aligned with DPI’s mission to transform lives and diversify tech talent. Currently, this position is full-time in person in the downtown Chicago Loop.

Deadline: November 15, 2022

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Research Software Development Engineer/Senior Research Software Development Engineer – Remote

DPI invites nominations and applications for the position of (Sr.) Research Software Development Engineer. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity for versed engineers to build technology-based products and services. The (Sr.) Research Software Development Engineer will work closely with the system architect, other members of the cross-functional & cross-organizational teams, and external researchers/industry partners to create best-in-class scalable technology-based platforms and services, and solutions.

Deadline: November 28, 2022

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Visiting Research Specialist

The Visiting Research Specialist will advance research on the social and economic impact and roles of art and artists in the State of Illinois in support of a more arts-inclusive approach to workforce development, education, policy, and planning in the state and region.

We seek an experienced researcher with the core skills necessary for the quantitative analysis of the large data sets common to the study of workforce and economic development. Strong applicants will bring a vision for application of these and other skills to research into arts workforce development and other emerging questions in the context of a robust, multi-institutional network of scholarly, community, and corporate partners. Successful candidates will bring a record of accomplishment as evidenced through some combination of scholarly publication, funded research, or demonstrable service to non-profit or arts organizations through analysis. Applicants should bring facility in the datasets necessary to workforce analysis and in programming languages required for their manipulation, as well as the research skills needed for identifying and securing new data in service of emerging research.

The research specialist is based in the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and supported by a multi-institutional partnership through the Arts Impact Initiative in the College of Fine Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Champaign. This partnership brings together IWERC, DPI, and arts colleges at both the University of Illinois’ Chicago and Champaign campuses and Arts Alliance Illinois—the state’s only statewide organization focused on the strength of Illinois’ arts and culture. The goal of this three-year fellowship is to serve as “proof of concept” in support of deeper collaborations across these and other organizations toward achieving nation-leading and transformative improvements in how Illinois identifies, prepares, supports, trains, and employs creative workers.

Deadline: November 28, 2022

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Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist

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.

Deadline: TBD

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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

DPI invites nominations and applications for the position of Research Associate/Senior Research Associate. This role offers an opportunity to help shape and drive one of DPI’s core missions: Research & Development (R&D). They are expected to participate in research project design, development and execution through the production of independent research and by taking ownership of sub-projects within large multi-faceted R&D efforts. They should provide creative ideas and direction for their assigned projects and are expected to take initiative. Topics for research will vary but will be primarily related to computing and may include a range of approaches including AI/ML, IoT, cloud-based computing, statistics, simulations, and cybersecurity. DPI is especially interested in supporting research that is grounded in practice and has commercialization potential.

Research Associates must demonstrate independence in executing a particular research effort. They must be familiar with data collection, data analysis, programming (one or more languages), have subject-matter expertise in one or more areas, and have good verbal and written communication abilities necessary to produce scholarly work in scientific conferences as well as produce results that meet the professional demands of the industrial sectors. Research Associates are expected to work closely with both our internal R&D team members as well as collaborators in the University of Illinois and with other DPI partner institutions.

Deadline: TBD

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