Research Professional

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 16-Mar-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR25660

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Helps in leading research and engineering projects involving in-situ measurements for atmospheric science.

  • Leads the design and implementation of instrument modifications, including creating specifications and budgets, meeting with engineers, and overseeing testing and validation.

  • Participates in airborne research campaigns, including acting as liaison to leadership and other research groups and supervising students and other researchers.

  • As part of research campaigns, travels to field locations with the instrument.

  • Conducts laboratory and field research using optical spectroscopy.

  • Develops scientific findings based on measurements, leads on peer-reviewed research papers, and presents results at conferences.

  • Develops new applications of isotopic measurements in laboratory and field settings.

  • Helps in preparing proposals and reporting for federal and other grants. Communicates with program managers.

  • Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing analysis. Contributes to facilitating and promoting a research project by providing scientific or intellectual information.

  • Leads the contributions to scientific writing and publications, including protocols and grants.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in Geosciences, Physics, Environmental Engineering, or related discipline.


  • Field work with an airborne or cloud chamber instrument.

  • Optical spectroscopy, including design of new instrumentation.

  • Atmospheric science: interpretation of measurements from in-situ (aircraft, balloons) and remote platforms.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Optics and optical spectroscopy.

  • Broad engineering knowledge, both mechanical and electrical, as is typical for a PhD in experimental physics or other applied physical science.

  • Signal processing and measurement interpretation, including error analysis.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring abilities.

  • Demonstrated scientific excellence at the level expected for a postdoctoral scholar or research associate at the University of Chicago.

  • Creativity and drive in developing new research applications and in interpreting data.

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, including in stressful field situations.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills.

Working Conditions

  • Office setting â“ 50%

  • Laboratory setting â“ 50%

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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