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University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60684
Job Description
  1. Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.
  1. Department

22251 Astron/Astrophysics

  1. About the Unit

The South Pole Machinist operates and maintains the MAPO machine shop, which is in the Dark Sector Laboratory of the NSF Amundsen-Scott research station at the South Pole in Antarctica. The Machinist works as part of a team to provide on-site machinist services to scientists and engineers from several universities. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months, is required. The position begins 1/15/21 and ends 11/30/21.

  1. Job Family


Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

  1. Career Track and Job Level


Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

T2: Expands skills in own work area within an analytical/scientific method or operational process. Maintains appropriate licenses, training and/or certifications, as needed. Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within our area of expertise. Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods. Works with a moderate degree of supervision.

  1. Role Impact

Individual Contributor

  1. Responsibilities

The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Provides technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Assists with the installation, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) May assist recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Is developing skills in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities***

1) Maintain and operate the MAPO machine shop
2) Provide machining support for all science projects and the NSF Station.
3) Assist with the assembly and set-up of scientific equipment
4) Assist with the testing, integration and maintenance of electrical and mechanical assemblies, including the power, computer and electronic components
5) Able to climb, operate machines and power tools outside of MAPO machine shop
6) Able to operate other field work for instrument deployment and maintenance
7) The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

Unit-preferred Competencies***

1) A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months
2) Due to the job site, good physical health
3) Applicant must be able to work in a cold, harsh environment
4) Applicant must pass physical and mental qualifying exams before employment
5) Able to climb on telescope, bend, reach, lift and use of machines and power tools
6) Planning; attention to detail; analytic and quantitative skills; reading; self-motivation; problem solving; math; reasoning; oral and written communications; ability to manage time pressures
7) Competence with telescope and mechanical systems
8) Good problem-solving, organization and communication skills
9) Ability to work independently and as well as within a team environment

  1. Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

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

Preferred Qualification***

1) An undergraduate degree with background applicable to this position

1) Minimum three years of experience with machining and working with complex instruments
2) In addition, preference will be given to candidates with experience with telescopes and mechanical systems, including electrical systems, servo systems, and cryogenic systems
3) Experience with radio, analog, and digital electronics is advantageous

Required Documents***

1) Cover Letter
2) Resume
3) Reference Contact Information

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

  1. FLSA Status


  1. Pay Frequency


  1. Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

  1. Scheduled Weekly Hours


  1. Benefits Eligible


  1. Drug Test Required


  1. Health Screen Required


  1. Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


  1. Posting Date


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  1. 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.

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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR08333

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