Beamline Scientist for the Advanced Crystallography

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The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago is seeking a Beamline Scientist in the area of single crystal small molecule X-ray diffraction to join NSF’s ChemMatCARS, a national synchrotron X-ray user research facility at Sector 15 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). The successful applicant for this full-time scientific position will be responsible for providing support for scientific users conducting research at ChemMatCARS. The candidate is also expected to initiate and engage in collaborative research with ChemMatCARS users and staff, and independent research is encouraged. Additional responsibilities include development and maintenance of the advanced crystallographic instrumentation as well as participation in the development and maintenance of the beamline control system. 

This position requires a Ph.D. in the Physical Sciences, with a minimum of two years of synchrotron experience in conducting independent experimental research in advanced crystallography at synchrotron facilities. Expertise in the full range of synchrotron X-ray techniques, including the use of high energy X-rays (3 keV to 70 keV), for studying dynamic, photo crystallography and time-resolved crystallography or high-pressure studies is especially beneficial. Strong computer programming and instrumentation interface skills in Python and C programming languages, and knowledge of Linux-based operating systems are highly desirable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are critical to planning work flow, supporting user groups, disseminating the work of ChemMatCARS in peer-reviewed and other publications, presenting findings at national meetings, planning and conducting workshops to train new scientific users and students in X-ray diffraction and scattering techniques, as well as publicizing and communicating the research and capabilities of ChemMatCARS to a broad audience including non-specialists during outreach activities. The ability to work well as a team member and independently is required, as is the capacity to work in an environment with strict safety regulations. The successful applicant must satisfy the requirements for access to Argonne National Laboratory.


Department

34465 Pritzker Inst for Molecular Engineering

About the Unit

About the Unit The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. PME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. PME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Job Family

ResearchResponsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level

ResearchOversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

Responsibilities

The job participates in scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.1) Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan., 2) Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates., 3) Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process., 4) Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities:

1) Provide support for scientific users conducting research in Advanced Crystallography program at ChemMatCARS

2) Development and maintenance of the advanced crystallographic instrumentation as well as participation in the development and maintenance of the beamline control system.

3) Expertise in the full range of synchrotron X-ray techniques, including the use of high energy X-rays (3 keV to 70 keV), for studying dynamic, photo crystallography and time-resolved crystallography or high-pressure studies is especially beneficial.

4) Planning and conducting workshops to train new scientific users and students in X-ray diffraction and scattering techniques

5) Ability to satisfy the requirement for access to Argonne National Laboratory

6) Attend research conferences and present findings at national meetings

Unit Job Function Competencies:

1) Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

2) Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

3) Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

4) Experience with Python and C programming languages.

5) Knowledge of Linux-based operations systems.

6) Analytical skills.

7) Problem-solving skills.

8) Attention to detail.

9) Organizational skills.

10) Verbal and written communication skills.

11) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

12) Ability to train others.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Education

1) PhD in Physical Science or related field.

Experience

1) A minimal of two years of synchroton experience in conducting independent experimental research in advanced crystallography at synchrotron facilities.

Technical Knowledge

1) Knowledge in relevant scientific field, research techniques and methods, as well as regulatory policies and procedures.

2) Capacity to work in an environment with strict safety regulations.

Required Documents

1) Letter of intention

2) Research Statement

3) Resume

4) Reference Contact Information (3)

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA Status

Exempt

Pay Frequency

Monthly

Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours

40

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Drug Test Required

No

Health Screen Required

No

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No

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