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Science Editor/Lab Manager- Chemistry Department

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Compensation commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 13, 2022

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Full time

Job Details


  • Assist with grant proposal, manuscript, and annual report preparation and submission.
  • Track project expenditures and research data management.
  • Manage lab safety checklists, schedules, lab duty lists, lab maintenance and cleanup schedules.
  • Review laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage complex data sets for research.
  • Onboard new lab members, help with arranging/completing all necessary paperwork, set up orientation sessions and safety training.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot equipment and arrange instrument repair.
  • Order supplies.
  • Negotiate with vendors and manage laboratory inventory.
  • Manage the laboratory website.
  • Report expenses.
  • Host visitors and seminar speakers.
  • Assist with workshops and collaborative meetings.
  • Plan new educational outreach activities.
  • Draft letters and other routine communications.
  • Assist with needs of international visitors, students, and faculty: including visa applications and logistical assistance.
  • Reviews laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage complex data sets for research. 
  • Leads the contributions to scientific writing and publications, including protocols and grants.
  • Perform other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

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


  • Doctoral, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, or another related field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge in chemistry, physics, or materials science.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to interpret and present complex data.
  • Technologically savvy and skilled at learning new systems and processes.
  • Knowledge of federal grant and report requirements.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Experience with WordPress or other website content management systems.
  • Experience with collaboration tools such as Slack, Zoom, or Google Workspace/GSuite.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator or alternative graphic composition software.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover letter (required)
  • Three references (required)

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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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The University of Chicago is located in Hyde Park, eight miles south of downtown Chicago, with 136 buildings on 211 acres. Consolidated revenues: $2.1 billion (2004-05) Endowment: $4.1 billion (June 30, 2005) Research funding: $375.1 million (June 30, 2005) The U of C has 12,460 employees, including 2160 faculty members. Enrollment for 2004-05 academic year was 4,515 undergraduates in The College (offering 51 undergraduate concentrations) and 9,087 in graduate and professional schools: 4 Graduate Divisions, offering nearly 80 degree programs * Biological Sciences * Humanities * Physical Sciences * Social Sciences 6 Graduate Professional Schools * Divinity School * Graduate School of Business * Law School * Pritzker School of Medicine * Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies * School of Social Service Administration

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