Working at the University of Illinois 

At the University of Illinois, you work for one of the preeminent public institutions of higher education in the world. Your dedication and service as an employee make the difference as we work together to achieve our shared mission of excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

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Faculty and Other Academic
World-class Faculty members at the University of Illinois teach, conduct research, and engage in public service projects. Tenure or tenure-track positions include Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor titles. Non-tenure positions may be available for adjunct, clinical, research, teaching, or visiting Faculty. Other Academic positions include instructors, lecturers, post-doctoral students, and others.

Academic Professional
Academic Professionals fill specialized positions in academic, research, healthcare, technical, and administrative areas. A minimum of a bachelor's degree, and often an advanced degree, is required for employment.

Civil Service and Extra Help
Civil Service clerical, technical, clinical, and professional classifications are governed by the State Universities Civil Service System. Individuals qualify for these positions based on examinations. Extra Help employment is similar to Civil Service, but completed on a temporary basis.

University Locations


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community of students, scholars, and alumni is changing the world.  Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.  It is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862.  

Champaign and Urbana are part of a micro-urban community. The term “micro-urban” applies to population centers of 250,000 or less that possess a highly uncommon set of desirable attributes normally exclusively associated with much larger metropolitan centers. Among these are an internationally diverse population, a strong technology base, a vibrant arts/culture/entertainment scene, an extensive park system, many urban shopping choices, a variety of living accommodations and is made up of a number of friendly neighborhoods, each with its own neighborhood school and park facilities. Located conveniently near Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, Urbana-Champaign is an easy place to visit on your next trip to the Midwest. 

Chicago and Hospital and Health Sciences System

The University of Illinois Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge. As one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country, UIC’s welcoming environment provides the chance to study, work and grow with colleagues who will broaden your perspectives and worldview. 

The University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics is a patient centered organization. Providing safe, high-quality and cost-effective care for our patients is our foremost responsibility. The care of our patients and their families will always be at the heart of our mission.

As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America's heartland-integrity, hard work and community and reflects the ideals in the social fabric of  its 77 distinct neighborhoods.  Chicago is a leader in reforming public schools, enhancing public safety and security initiatives, providing affordable housing in attractive and economically sound communities, ensuring accessibility for all and fostering, social, economic and environmental sustainability


Since joining the University of Illinois in 1995, UIS has continued this legacy while adding a residential, integrated, interdisciplinary honors program for lower-division students, and a doctoral program in Public Administration. UIS has become recognized as a leader in offering the newest generation of non-traditional students innovative education and individualized faculty attention through select, high-quality online courses and degrees.

Springfield is the largest city in central Illinois. The Springfield Park District operates more than 30 parks throughout the city and it also lies along historic Route 66. Outside of the country's largest cities, public transportation can be hard to come by. But, in Springfield, you can catch a bus, jump aboard a trolley tour or hail a taxi. Getting to Springfield isn't difficult either, thanks to Amtrak, various bus lines and Interstates 55 and 72.

Regional Campuses and Other Sites

The University of Illinois has regional campuses and other sites located across the state and online.

Employee Benefits

The University of Illinois offers competitive benefits to eligible employees, including Health, Dental, and Vision insurance; paid holidays and leave time; and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. See the Benefits section of our website for detailed information.

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