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Research Professional

The University of Chicago

Job Description



About the Department

ChemMatCARS, affiliated with the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), the University of Chicago and funded by NSF, is a national user facility for frontier research in chemistry and materials science using synchrotron x-rays. It is located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. The mission of ChemMatCARS is to develop and operate world-class synchrotron x-ray facilities in the areas of small-molecule crystallography, liquid interface scattering, and anomalous small angle scattering to serve the needs of ChemMatCARS users.

Job Summary

PME is seeking a Research Professional to support the day-to-day operational and administrative needs of a large and complex research user facility at ChemMatCARS. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting scientific users conducting research and providing mail-in services at ChemMatCARS. The candidate is also expected to initiate and engage in collaborative research with ChemMatCARS users and staff, and independent research is encouraged. Additional responsibilities include the development and maintenance of advanced crystallographic instrumentation as well as participation in the development and maintenance of the beamline control system.


  • Facilitates and promotes advanced technical/scientific research projects including data analysis. Recognizes the need for innovation and develops or incorporates advances in research concepts to help disseminate the results of research projects. Provides day-to-day operational oversight in support of the same.
  • Assists in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports. May help prepare presentations for scientific meetings and will provide help with preparation of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.
  • Works closely with the senior researcher to write documentation and disseminate computational methods and resources that support or advance their research.
  • Maintains group scientific operations, including activities of students, postdoctoral researchers, and research staff.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other researchers in the group and joint research efforts.
  • Creates and presents tutorials, hands-on workshops, and documentation to educate the research community, as per direction of the faculty lead.
  • Accurately and in a timely manner, maintains appointments, calendars, inventories, websites, grant-related documentation, financial projections (on grant, gift, and other funding sources), reports, and other information.
  • Reviews laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage complex data sets for research.
  • Trains new laboratory personnel.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Doctoral degree in materials science, chemical engineering, or a related area.


  • A minimum of 2 years of significant work experience; postdoc experience.
  • Experience with energy storage and conversion technologies.
  • Extensive experience in different anode materials, including Li metal, Si, and Graphite.
  • Expertise in handling batteries with different format and specifications, including high energy density pouch, prismatic, and cylindrical cells.
  • Advanced characterization techniques, such as cryogenic related electron microscope, X-ray related characterization, and analytical chromatography.
  • Initiating and guiding research projects with students and other researchers.
  • Experience working within academic and laboratory environments.
  • Supervisory experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Strong computer programming and instrumentation interface skills in Python and C programming languages.
  • Knowledge of Linux-based operating systems are highly desirable
  • Strong computer skills including calendaring, document management (e.g., Dropbox, Box, etc.), word processing, database management, and spreadsheet skills.
  • Knowledge of statistical/analytical software.
  • Familiarity with grant writing/submission and manuscript drafting, editing and review.
  • Knowledge and experience of related research techniques or methods.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with local and Federal regulations, guidelines, and procedures.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated administrative, problem-solving, organization and coordination skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple, concurrent tasks within deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Prioritize urgent tasks while ensuring established deadlines are met.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changes in workflow and procedures.
  • Handle stressful, sensitive, and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV including a list of publications (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Professional References Contact Information (3)(required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.


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