Staff Scientist, Electron Metrologist for Energy and Quantum Materials – JR24217-3800
The University of Chicago
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PME Meng Lab
About the Department
The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME;
https://pme.uchicago.edu/) was established in May 2019 and evolved from
the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The
PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from
the molecular level up. The PMEs rigorous academic and research
programs are made possible through the University of Chicagos unique
partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of
Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of
Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to
molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME
will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and
empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in
cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent
societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation
of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.
PME is seeking a Staff Scientist to manage all aspects of research
projects and research facilities for the Meng research lab in the areas
of energy and quantum materials. The candidate should have experience in
the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation, software, and
techniques for electron spectroscopy, analytical, and scanning
transmission electron microscopy. The ideal candidate will closely
partner with the faculty to plan, oversee, and execute all aspects of
the research operation, particularly on aspects of student supervision
of research, and through grant proposal preparation and manuscript
editing. Through this position, the candidate will be part of a highly
collaborative research effort that seeks to enable quantitative
investigations of solid/liquid/hard/soft matter interfaces for
time-resolved, high-resolution in-situ environmental observations using
advanced PicoProbe Analytical Electron Microscope. These measurements
are critical to advance multiple frontiers in science and engineering,
particularly in areas of energy materials, engineered nanomaterials,
organic/inorganic heterostructures, macromolecular complexes, and
quantum phenomena. The candidate should have exemplary skills,
curiosity, and ambitions. Preference is for applicants with an
outstanding track record and background both in developing hyperspectral
analytical metrology, as well as applications of in-situ Analytical
– 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.
– Manages the preparation of presentations for scientific meetings and
– Collaborates and coordinates with other researchers in the group and
joint research efforts.
– Builds relationships crucial to the success of the lab, PME, and
UChicago and manages various special projects, some of which may
have organizational and research impacts.
– Serves as the primary point of contact and liaison for internal and
external constituencies on all matters for the Principal
Investigator and their associated labs.
– Creates and presents tutorials, hands-on workshops, and
documentation to educate the relevant research community, as per the
direction of the faculty lead.
– Reviews laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manages
complex data sets for research.
– Trains new laboratory personnel.
– Contributes to the preparation of presentations for scientific
meetings an scientific manuscripts.
– Maintains relevant scientific operations, equipment ordering,
including activities of students, postdoctoral researchers, and
– Uses specialized depth and breadth of expertise to lead and conduct
– Interprets and collects data and trains others in the interpretation
of data. Leads the dissemination of data and significantly
contributes to scientific publications and grant writing.
– Leads others to solve complex problems, providing expertise to the
team which includes of scientists and clinicians from the University
– Provides expertise to identify protocol problems, inform
investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts,
such as protocol revisions. Provides expertise to evaluate factors
such as sample collection processes, data management plans, or
potential subject risks.
– Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7
years of work experience in a related job discipline.