Particle physics laboratory

Laboratory Director, Undergraduate Quantum Education Laboratory in Chicago, IL for the University of Chicago


Job : 12-Jan-22

Site: Chicago, Ill.

Preferred education: 4 year diploma


Quantum physics



Work function:


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 SME integrates science and engineering to meet the challenges global from the molecular level. GPE’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 SME will continue to expand its team of world-class researchers and enable students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. The SME aims to bring solutions to pressing societal problems at the forefront while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.

Summary of work

The Lab Director, Undergraduate Quantum Education develops and oversees the new Undergraduate Quantum Lab course and provides innovative leadership and effective administrative direction that promotes undergraduate student academic success and supports the overall student experience . The director, in collaboration with the PME faculty, will design and implement advanced teaching experiences in a variety of quantum platforms, with significant opportunities for customization based on guidance from the lab director and faculty, including the rare opportunity to design an innovative new education system. program from the group and combine a background in advanced experimental techniques with a passion for quantum education.


  • Develop, build and improve experiences. Maintains the database of experience equipment lists.
  • Oversee day-to-day undergraduate student support activities, creating a framework and culture that ensures students have access to the information and help they need in a timely manner.
  • In coordination with PME Finance and Procurement, attends monthly meetings, manages part of the financial and budgetary activities, including the preparation of financial statements, reports, memos, billing letters and other documents.
  • In coordination with the PME Laboratory Safety Specialist, utilizes best practices and laboratory knowledge to promote safety when handling hazardous equipment and materials.
  • With the assistance of student teaching assistants, oversees the daily operation of Quantum teaching labs and lecture demonstrations.
  • Serves on the Teaching Activities Committee and works with undergraduate and graduate program chairs to develop policies and departmental requirements related to teaching laboratories.
  • Leads quantum education research efforts to develop and implement new laboratory pedagogy, including writing and administering grants. The teaching lab teaches undergraduate students about quantum concepts, data acquisition and analysis techniques, and safety procedures.
  • Initiates routine and non-routine correspondence and other materials written under own signature or on behalf of faculty instructor, including writing and editing laboratory manuals used by students.
  • Train and supervise student teaching assistants.
  • Provides support and resolves general audio visual issues. Recommends the purchase of computers, software, devices and technical supplies.
  • Acts as a resource and instructs teachers on the proper use of technical-scientific devices. Uses best practices and laboratory knowledge to promote safety when handling hazardous equipment and materials.
  • Prepares and tests course demonstrations to ensure consistency with course content. Works with faculty or staff to determine suitability of demonstrations for specific lectures. Informs faculty of new developments and demonstration materials.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Minimum qualifications


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

Professional experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills acquired through 5-7 years of work experience in a related professional discipline.


Preferred qualifications


  • Experience in teaching or teaching in the laboratory.
  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills acquired through five years of work experience in a related professional discipline.
  • Proven experience in a management position or other relevant administrative experience.
  • Must be results oriented, have a high standard of excellence, exceptional skills in planning, execution, analysis and judgment, strong analytical skills and exceptional commitment and proven ability to drive progress priorities of an organization.
  • Experience working within an academic unit and/or complex academic research environment.
  • Experience in advanced experimental techniques relevant to quantum experiments, including optics, cryogenics, ultra-high vacuum, RF electronics and instrumentation.

Technical skills or knowledge:

  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Expertise in data management and analysis.
  • Expertise in Python programming.

Favorite Skills

  • High level of collegiality in working with faculty, staff, students, departmental and university administrators.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively and cultivate positive working relationships with students, staff, faculty and the public.
  • Demonstrated skills in time management, proactive approach to problem solving, organization and coordination to manage multiple concurrent tasks with deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including exceptional judgment, discretion, a strong ethical approach to decision-making and a demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts fairly and diplomatically, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently, take direction and build consensus.
  • Excellent organizational skills, problem-solving ability and attention to detail, including the ability to edit and proofread documents at an advanced level.
  • Ability to handle public contacts with courtesy, clarity and diplomacy.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and courteous demeanor and work productively and efficiently despite a heavy workload, competing priorities, constant interruptions, complex issues and tight deadlines.

Work conditions

  • Occasional extended working hours and some weekend days.

Application documents

  • Motivation letter (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Referral contact list – 3 (preferred)

At the time of the request, the document(s) MUST be downloaded via the My experience page, in the section titled Application documents of the candidacy.

FLSA status


Payment Frequency


Planned weekly hours


Eligible Benefits


COVID-19 vaccination or approved medical or religious exemption required


Drug test required


Health exam required


Motor vehicle record investigation required


Release statement

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