Staff Scientist, Electron Metrologist for Energy and Quantum Materials

Job Description


PME Meng Lab

About the Department

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME; 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 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 Electron Microscopy.


  • 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 scientific manuscripts.
  • 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 and scientific manuscripts.
  • Maintains relevant scientific operations, equipment ordering, including activities of students, postdoctoral researchers, and research staff.
  • Uses specialized depth and breadth of expertise to lead and conduct research experiments.
  • 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 and nationally.
  • 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 Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Doctoral degree with established track record in chemistry, physics, materials science or environmental engineering.


  • A minimum of seven years of significant work experience; postdoc experience.
  • Working within an academic and laboratory environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Project Management skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • 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 report 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.

Working Conditions

  • This is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week.

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 (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


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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