Staff Scientist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024


PME Galli 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 PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s 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.

Job Summary

PME is seeking a Staff Scientist to participate in and manage research projects focused on electronic structure calculations and first principles simulations for the Galli research lab. The ideal candidate will closely partner with faculty to plan, oversee, and execute all aspects of the project including identifying the need for innovation and developing or incorporating advances in research concepts to help disseminate the results of research projects. In addition, the role will include student supervision.

The initial term of employment will be for a year.


  • Facilitates and promotes advanced technical/scientific research projects including simulations and data analysis. Recognizes the need for innovation and develops or incorporates advances in research concepts to help disseminate results.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other researchers in the group in 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 impact.
  • Manages complex data sets for research.
  • Trains new laboratory personnel.
  • Collaborates closely with the research team to disseminate research methods and support or advance their research.
  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors/authors scientific research manuscripts. Provides peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.
  • Collaborates on development of new research projects with academic and community-based organizations.
  • May present work at scientific meetings.
  • 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Doctoral degree with an established track record in chemistry, physics, or engineering.


  • A minimum of three years of significant work experience after the doctorate; postdoc experience.
  • Background working within academic and laboratory environments.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Project management skills.
  • Strong computational skills including software for electronic structure calculations and quantum simulations.
  • Knowledge of statistical/analytical software.
  • Familiarity with report writing/submission and manuscript drafting, editing and review.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated problem-solving, organization, and coordination skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and 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.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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