Research Professional

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024


PSD Chemistry: Faculty Support

About the Department

The University of Chicago's Chemistry Department is renowned for its excellence in research, teaching, and fostering an environment that nurtures scientific curiosity and discovery. Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, driving cutting-edge research across diverse areas of chemistry. As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries and inspire the next generation of chemists.

Job Summary

The University of Chicago's Chemistry Department is seeking a Research Professional who possesses outstanding research skills. This role requires a history of impactful research, leadership, and the ability to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Effective communication is important for sharing findings, guiding junior researchers, and participating in interdisciplinary conversations. The role also demands innovation, ethics, adaptability, data analysis proficiency, technical expertise, and project management skills. The ideal candidate should value continuous learning, building networks, and upholding the university's academic excellence to make meaningful contributions to advanced research pursuits.


  • Conduct Research: Design and execute experiments, utilizing advanced techniques and methodologies, to address critical questions in synthetic chemistry and chemical biology. This includes, but is not limited to nucleic acid synthesis, nucleic acid labeling, genomics, and biochemistry.

  • Data Analysis: Analyze experimental data rigorously, employing statistical and computational tools as necessary. Interpret results and draw meaningful conclusions to contribute to the lab's research objectives.

  • Collaboration: Collaborate closely with other members of the lab, including postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and research assistants. Foster a collaborative and supportive research environment.

  • Publication: Prepare research findings for publication in top-tier scientific journals. Contribute to the development of research papers, presentations, and grant applications.

  • Mentorship: Provide guidance and mentorship to junior lab members, including graduate and undergraduate students. Share knowledge and expertise to facilitate their growth as researchers.

  • Lab Responsibility: Assist in the maintenance of lab equipment, reagent stocks, and laboratory safety protocols. Ensure that the lab operates smoothly and complies with all relevant regulations.

  • Innovation: Stay up to date with the latest advancements in the field and identify opportunities to integrate innovative technologies or approaches into our research.

  • Scientific Communication: Present research findings at lab meetings, conferences, and seminars. Engage in scientific discussions and networking to stay connected with the scientific community.

  • Grant Writing: Contribute to the development of research proposals and grant applications to secure funding for the lab's projects.

  • Performs experiments and collects and analyzes data. Participates in the promotion of a research project.

  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors/author's scientific research manuscripts. Provides peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.

  • 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


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or another related field.


  • Mentorship and guidance to junior researchers.

  • Design experiments and analyze data.

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Collaborate across interdisciplinary teams.

  • Foster innovation in research approaches.

  • Adhere to laboratory safety protocols.

  • Communicate research findings effectively.

  • Collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Competencies

  • Research Skills: Demonstrated ability to conduct high-impact research with a strong track record of scholarly contributions.

  • Leadership: Experience in leading research projects, guiding junior researchers, and fostering a collaborative research environment.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Willingness and capability to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle complex scientific challenges.

  • Effective Communication: Proficiency in communicating research findings, mentoring junior researchers, and actively participating in interdisciplinary discussions.

  • Innovation: A creative and innovative mindset, willing to explore novel approaches and solutions.

  • Ethical Conduct: Commitment to ethical research practices and maintaining the highest standards of integrity.

  • Adaptability: Ability to adapt to evolving research objectives and methodologies.

  • Data Analysis: Strong data analysis skills, including proficiency in relevant software and techniques.

  • Technical Expertise: Expertise in specific research techniques or instrumentation relevant to the Chemistry Department's focus areas.

  • Project Management: Effective project management skills to plan, execute, and oversee research projects.

  • Continuous Learning: A dedication to ongoing learning, staying current with scientific advancements, and sharing knowledge.

  • Networking: Building and maintaining professional networks within and beyond the university to enhance collaborative opportunities.

  • Academic Excellence: Commitment to upholding the University of Chicago's tradition of academic excellence and contributing to advanced research endeavors.

Working Conditions

  • Work primarily in a laboratory environment.

  • Physically conduct experiments and operate lab equipment.

  • Occasionally lift or move equipment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

  • References (preferred)

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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