Our Bridge Fellowship programme

The “Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education” (BRIDGE) agreement between the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign establishes a framework for creative knowledge exchange across disciplines through frequent, purposeful, face-to-face meetings between faculty, staff and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The Birmingham-Illinois BRIDGE Fellowship programme brings together international research teams in the UK and USA, offering Fellowships to contribute to the research and academic excellence of both institutions across key research areas that address major global challenges.

The Bridge Fellow in Water Sciences - advert live (close date 6 February 2022)

This 5-year Fellowship post will reinforce and extend existing research collaborations between the University of Birmingham (UoB) and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) by recruiting an internationally outstanding BRIDGE Fellow at the interface between water sciences and emerging pollutants (such as engineered nanoparticles, environmental plastics, pharmaceuticals and personal care products). To address issues relating to emerging contaminants, an interdisciplinary approach is vital. We are interested in applicants who can provide expertise that links: pollutant sources, fate and transport of emerging pollutants; technical/non-technical solutions; and education/outreach to potential stakeholders.

The Fellow will be expected to develop and lead a collaborative research programme that enhances the partnership between the two universities and builds on their strengths in these areas. At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be offered an academic appointment at the University of Birmingham, either at the Assistant Professor level or higher, subject to meeting normal expectations for appointment to such a post.

We are seeking an interdisciplinary water researcher with skills in areas such as large data analysis, experimental design, numerical model development, method integration and data fusion, risk-impact analysis, natural resources management, and water treatment that complement existing core research strengths at UoB and UIUC. This BRIDGE Fellow will leverage unique expertise, experimental, analytical and modelling capacities at UoB and UIUC, including the EcoLaboratory artificial river facilities (UoB), Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory (UIUC), the EcoHydraulics and EcoMorphodynamics Laboratory (UIUC), the Nanoparticle and Daphnia laboratories (UoB), Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Advanced Analytical Laboratory (UIUC) and supercomputing facilities at both institutions (BlueBear and BlueWaters).

UoB and UIUC are committed to excellence in education. Fellows must demonstrate their aptitude to deliver inspiring research-intensive teaching and learning at all levels. The role will support delivery of undergraduate and masters programmes, including the MSc in River Environments and their Management at UoB, and participation in graduate classes at UIUC, and will include delivery of lectures, workshops, field course teaching, dissertation supervision and tutorials, alongside associated assessment and marking.

The 5-year fellowship - with 2 years spent at UIUC - will provide the Fellow with the opportunity to integrate fully with UIUC research, as well as benefitting applicants that have family commitments, which are more fully catered for by a longer period in the USA. In addition, the 2-year Fellowship period in the USA will foster more intensive engagement with UIUC researchers. It is expected that the first year of the fellowship would be located at the University of Birmingham, with 2 years spent at UIUC in either years 2 and 3, or 3 and 4. 

Deadline to apply 6 February 2022 and more information can be found here