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Job Description


PSD Chemistry: Administrative Staff

About the Department

One of the first departments founded at the University of Chicago was the Department of Chemistry. Since then, The University of Chicago has been the recipient of more than 73 Nobel Prize recipients, 15 of which came from the Department of Chemistry. Our current faculty have considerable strength in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary research that delves into biology, physics, and materials science.

Job Summary

The Park and Dong labs in the chemistry department of the University of Chicago are looking for a Lab Administrator who will facilitate the day-to-day operations and management of two research groups. Principal contributions for this position are intellectual, characterized by originality and creativity.


  • Serves as the lead administrator of the two research groups in managing administrative issues such as finances, academic personnel, and communications.

  • Assists PIs with coordination of all functions necessary to support a research group.

  • Serves as the 'front line' for requests for information from all members of the research groups.

  • Collaborates with Departmental and Deanís office staff to make sure that postdocs are hired and onboarded into the laboratory.

  • Coordinates initial orientation for new postdoctoral researchers, students, and other research staff in assigned labs.

  • Supervises undergraduate support positions including onboarding, approving time, and directing their work.

  • Manages lab safety checklists, schedules, lab duty lists, lab maintenance and cleanup schedules.

  • Resolves many office problems independently and facilitates solutions, conferring with the appropriate faculty members to resolve the most complex issues.

  • Oversees procurement and the processing of reimbursements, GEMS expense reporting.

  • Manages seminar speakers/visitors by arranging travel and visit schedules; manages workshops and collaborative meetings within the research group and with other research groups or researchers.

  • Manages PIsí travel itineraries and related calendar, obtaining appropriate visas, and submitting reimbursements for expenses.

  • Creates and updates content for the Group websites. The websites are critical, as they are the preferred channel for sharing news and results.

  • Manages and prioritizes with daily task lists via email and be able to respond rapidly during the workday to email, text, phone, and/or verbal requests as these daily priorities evolve and/or change.

  • Orders office and laboratory supplies, including chemicals, solvents, and small equipment.

  • May manage special projects as directed by the PIs.

  • Monitors equipment usage/conditions, manages equipment procurement & repair, negotiates with vendors, and manage maintenance of laboratory chemical inventory.

  • Performs some routine and complex assignments for the unit usually in the areas of finance, event planning or support services. Initiate the hiring process of students and staff for a unit, which includes the processing of payroll.

  • Responsible for training office staff on office procedures and compliance protocols. Coordinates special projects.

  • 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


  • Bachelor of Science or Advanced degree in Chemistry or related field.


  • Previous administrative experience.
  • Previous experience in an academic institution.
  • Previous experience in a scientific research environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Basic IT Knowledge.
  • Knowledge of Desktop Computer Software.
  • Knowledge of Google Drive.
  • Knowledge of social media.
  • Working Knowledge of the University of Chicago.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of web page design and maintenance or ability to learn.
  • Knowledge of the GEMS system; Ability to learn and use GEMS.

Preferred Competencies

  • Quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Self-starter who can operate in a complex administrative environment with limited oversight.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and promptly.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to train or teach others.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues.
  • Ability to work effectively across departments.
  • Collaboration skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Editing and proofreading skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • High degree of professionalism and emotional intelligence.

Working Conditions

  • Hybrid work schedule.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • References (required)

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

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the Universityís 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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at:†http://securityreport.uchicago.edu .†Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

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