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Beamline Engineer

Chicago, Illinois
6 Sep 2022



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. ChemMatCARS, affiliated with the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), the University of Chicago and funded by NSF, is a national user facility for frontier research in chemistry and materials science using synchrotron x-rays. It is located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. The mission of ChemMatCARS is to develop and operate world-class synchrotron x-ray facilities in the areas of small-molecule crystallography, liquid interface scattering, and anomalous small angle scattering to serve the needs of ChemMatCARS users.

Job Summary

The Beamline Engineer will lead the technical support activities related to scientific research projects, beamline development, and user operations at ChemMatCARS. Activities include, but are not limited to, operating and maintaining UHV and HV vacuum equipment, troubleshooting electronic instruments, managing electrical cables, machining parts, and assembling equipment to facilitate users' experiments.


  • Manage the operation and maintenance of the ChemMatCARS UHV and HV vacuum systems and equipment.
  • Develops the procedure for testing, integration, and maintenance of mechanical assemblies and scientific equipment.
  • Troubleshoots electronics and mechanical equipment. Confers with research staff to identify and resolve operational problems.
  • Uses solid understanding of construction to install and repair new and existing electronic systems. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data and conduct experimental tests.
  • Conducts engineering studies and assigns work to technical staff. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Plans own resources effectively to ensure projects are delivered on time, to standard and to budget.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.


Work Experience:

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

Preferred Qualifications


  • Knowledge and skills developed through years of experience working in higher education, academic or industrial research environments.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Familiarity with UHV and HV vacuum systems and equipment.
  • Familiarity with handling power tools, hand tools, lifting equipment, and machine shop equipment, such as a lathe, milling machine, cutters, drill press, etc.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of machining and fabrication skills that utilize metallic and non-metallic materials.
  • Familiarity with technical machine drawings (CAD models and drawings) and the processes required to fabricate the drawn parts to specifications.
  • Familiarity with the mechanical construction, assembly, and maintenance of scientific equipment.
  • Familiarity with electronic wiring, soldering, and electronic cable making.
  • Familiarity with research laboratory environments and operations.
  • Working experiences with Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated problem-solving, organization, analytical, and coordination skills including attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to interact with a diverse workforce.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple, concurrent tasks within deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to prioritize urgent tasks while ensuring established deadlines are met.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes in workflow and procedures.

Working Conditions

  • Research Environment.
  • Occasional extended work hours.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to ascend ladders and work in narrow spaces.
  • Minimal outdoor work is required.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (Required)
  • List of three references (Preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

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.


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


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  • Job Reference: 705417165-2
  • Date Posted: 6 September 2022
  • Recruiter: University of Chicago
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application