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How to Become a Beckman Institute Faculty Member

There are three levels of faculty membership at the Beckman Institute: full-time, part-time, and affiliate. Appointment renewal decisions are based on annual reviews by the director, research alignment with the Institute, participation in collaborative research and evaluations provided by the external review committee.

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Full-time faculty

Full-time faculty, with the permission of the head of the home department, receive a zero percent, non-salaried, non-tenured appointment that covers up to a maximum period of five years, and which will be annually renewed. Full-time faculty members are assigned a private office, office space for students, and, as needed, laboratory space at the Institute.

Part-time faculty

Part-time faculty, with the permission of the head of the home department, receive a zero percent, non-salaried, non-tenured appointment that covers up to a maximum period of five years, and which will be annually renewed. Part-time faculty members are assigned a shared office.

Affiliate faculty

Beckman Institute affiliate faculty appointments are made to individuals whose interests are complementary to efforts ongoing at the Institute but whose main research is conducted elsewhere on campus.

Affiliate faculty with the permission of the head of the home department, receive a zero percent, non-salaried, non-tenured appointment that covers up to a maximum period of five years, and which will be annually renewed.

Affiliate faculty members are expected to maintain a presence in the Institute in one or more of the following ways:

  • Collaborating with Beckman Institute full- or part-time members as indicated by grants and publications
  • Using the Beckman Institute’s shared facilities and supporting efforts to obtain funding for new, major research instrumentation of interest
  • Organizing an outreach event or conducting service at the Beckman Institute (e.g., at the biennial Beckman Open House)
  • Creating and leading new scholarly activities including educational and public engagement activities
  • Bringing the Beckman Institute into a new campus collaboration

Elements of Good Standing

Good standing at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology entails:

  • Research productivity (papers and patents/licenses)
  • Research excellence (honors and awards)
  • Research funding (productivity per square footage assigned at the Beckman Institute)
  • A strong record of collaboration that includes:
    • Having a regular presence at the institute
    • Publishing research that is co-authored with Beckman faculty
    • Submitting collaborative grants through Beckman for work done at the institute, with the general expectation that full-time members will have 50-100% of their sponsored research activity administered by the institute, and part-time members will have more than 25% of their sponsored research activity run through the institute. Collaborative grants administered by the institute are defined as grant proposals that are (1) multi-investigator teams that involve at least two different home departments and (2) submitted through the Beckman Institute grants office
  • Listing the Beckman Institute as an affiliated organization in publications and/or presentations in which a portion of the work presented was done at the institute and/or in its shared facilities
  • Acknowledging the Beckman Foundation on publications in which a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow or Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow is a co-author
  • Acknowledging the Beckman Institute in news releases for work done in the institute
  • Acknowledging the Beckman Institute centralized research facilities. When you publish the results of your work conducted in the centralized research facilities of the Beckman Institute, please remember to acknowledge us in your publications! We suggest the following wording and associated account acronym for each of our facilities:
    • For the Biomedical Imaging Center (MRI, microPET/SPECT/CT, IVIS, ultrasound): “This work was conducted in part at the Biomedical Imaging Center of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC-BI-BIC).”
    • For the Microscopy Suite (ESEM, AFM, TEM, CT, and more): “This work was conducted in part at the Microscopy Suite of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC-BI-MS).”
    • For the Visualization Laboratory (3D scanning, photography, image processing, and more): “This work was conducted in part at the Visualization Laboratory of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC-BI-VL).”