Internal search- The Discovery Partners Institute provides a platform for people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with local and global research universities, DPI does two things: tech talent development and applied R&D. DPI prepares students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs. It also builds research teams helps them to identify and pursue new funding opportunities. With state investment and a new urban innovation district in development just south of the Chicago Loop, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer and keep them here. The Corporate Engagement Lead will initially work broadly to drive DPI’s initial R&D efforts, interacting with industry on behalf of DPI and helping to scale up of science teams with industry priorities and opportunities in mind. As DPI’s science teams grow the work is expected to become dedicated to one or several teams with a defined sector/science focus. The position will be responsible for generating industry sponsored R&D projects and to that end, will serve as liaison between industry and other stakeholders, and DPI to source, identify, and drive industry facing R&D efforts. They will work with the DPI Research Director, R&D Scientists and Science Team Directors to define and execute an industry communications strategy, and work with the R&D Director to create an overall operating plan to reach annual objectives and scale DPI into research engine that generates over $100M annually through industry sponsored R&D.
Deadline: September 30, 2023
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: September 30, 2023