Research Specialist 1

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Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

About the Unit
The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Specialist 1 will work collaboratively with a principal investigator on varied research projects in the Institute for Molecular Engineering.


  • Assist with planning, development and execution of research in the laboratory
  • Assist in organizing and managing the laboratory
  • Participate in writing reports and manuscripts
  • Assist in management of animal colony and animal experiments
  • Conduct periodic training for current and new members of the laboratory
  • Contribute and sometimes leads, the writing of academic papers, reports and final summaries
  • Collect, records, and analyzes data
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Ensure compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
  • May serve as a lead research specialist on a research project
  • Present research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences
  • Other related tasks as required

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other data and research scientists on computational research in a fast-paced environment required.
  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments required.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under performance and time-related stress required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics required.

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant research experience preferred.
  • Experience with low temperature detectors (i.e. superconducting kinetic inductance detectors, etc) is required.
  • Experience with cryogenic equipment is required.
  • Experience with python, matlab, and labview including hardware interfacing of scientific equipment is required.
  • Experience with data analysis of pulse counting, photon statistics, and spectral analysis is preferred.
  • Experience with micro-controllers, soldering, printed circuit boards, and other electronics is preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of photonics, superconducting circuits, and basic quantum mechanics.
  • Knowledge of basic low temperature detector devices, techniques, and physics.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • List of 3 References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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