Research Scientist

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Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

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Research Scientist

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physical Sciences Division
Position Type: Other

Chicago, Illinois

Jun 3, 2022


The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago invites applications for the position of Research Scientist, working in Associate Professor Jeff McMahon’s lab. The primary responsibility for this position involves day-to-day management of the development and fabrication of a novel anti-reflection coating for Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) instruments in the metamaterial laboratory at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Duties will include developing and optimizing the process and workflow, ensuring the design, fabrication, and testing of these optics meet the requirements. The Research Scientist will participate directly in this operation through calculations, fabrication, measurements, and analysis, as well as support the PI with mentorship of researchers who will collaborate on the project.

The Research Scientist will also have opportunities to collaborate more broadly in Simons Observatory and other CMB projects. This work could involve instrument development, instrument testing, calibration, and data analysis. The Research Scientist is expected to give public presentations at conferences and help prepare grants and reports on their research.

Expected project length is 2 to 4 years, with an initial appointment of 2 years. Expected start date is summer 2022.



  • A PhD in physics, astrophysics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering;
  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience;
  • and experience with precision machining and either CMB instrumentation, metamaterial fabrication, or silicon dicing.


  • Postdoctoral experience in experimental CMB or metamaterial fabrication or a related field.
  • Experience with machining or nano-fabrication, and microwave engineering. 
  • Experience with cryogenics at millikelvin temperatures.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online through the University of Chicago academic careers website using this link: .

Required materials are:

  • a current CV;
  • a cover letter;
  • three confidential letters of recommendation.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination .

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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