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University of Chicago
  • Position Number: 1297921
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Position Type: Engineering

Job Summary:

This position supports the research and teaching mission of the Physical Sciences Division at The University of Chicago. Performs mechanical/structural engineering and design tasks for a broad range of scientific and technical research projects. Facilitates the design and fabrication of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices and systems, as well as instrumentation for scientific experiments. Evaluates existing designs for performance, safety, and reliability. Prepares technical documentation of engineering tasks. Generates quotations, reports, and presentations.


  • Collaborates closely with faculty, students, and technical staff to design hardware prototypes and custom-fabricated equipment.
  • Interfaces with and collaborates with local professional machinist staff.
  • Identifies and maintains relationships with machine shops outside the university.
  • Provide design services for research projects, including consulting with faculty and technical staff on the design and fabrication of experimental set-ups, estimating costs, time, and equipment required to meet project objectives, and design specification.
  • Work with faculty and technical staff to facilitate the design and fabrication of various mechanical and electro-mechanical devices and systems.
  • Similarly, facilitate design, fabrication and installation of instrumentation for experiments, primarily prototype development or pieces with short production runs.
  • Work with students and postdocs on their research projects, helping them design and communicate their custom-fabricated equipment needs to professional machinists.
  • In addition, identifies and maintains relationships with machine shops outside the university.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to identify and implement creative solutions to technical research problems with atypical and challenging constraints.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with modern automated fabrication procedures and machining
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Strong interpersonal and (oral & written) communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of customers in a diverse community.

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field required. Advanced degree preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Engineering and Design experience. University or National Lab experience preferred.
  • Strong background in modern 3D CAD software (e.g., Inventor) and modeling with finite element analysis methods
  • Experience using thermal and/or mechanical finite element analysis software a plus
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with a strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of laboratory operations and/or procedures; plus, principles and procedures of scientific research.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Benefit Eligibility Yes
Pay Frequency Monthly
Pay Range Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours


Posting Statement
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.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: 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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