Program Coordinator, Molecular Engineering @ University of Chicago

May 13, 2021

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 PME integrates interdisciplinary science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’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 PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs. The NSF NRT program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. The AIMEMS program trains graduate students in Molecular Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Science to become academic and industry leaders with convergent research strengths & professional skills required to solve global challenges in sustainability. More information about the project is available at The program has the potential to serve as a national model for training next-generation AI-empowered graduate student leaders through strategic, inclusive university-national laboratory-industry partnerships.

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Program Faculty Directors of the NSF-NRT (National Science Foundation) program to manage, coordinate, and oversee the day-to-day fiscal, administrative, and operational activities of the program and to develop program goals and to achieve the broader impacts that are sought in many major research programs. The AIMEMS program trains graduate students in Molecular Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Science to become academic and industry leaders with research strengths & professional skills required to solve global challenges in sustainability.



  • Develops and implements program elements related to the NRT program.
  • Provides analysis, planning, and communications with various audiences, including senior leadership.
  • Partners with senior leadership to develop programs and relationships to advance program initiatives, including coursework and professional development opportunities.
  • Engages in the assessment of learning and educational program outcomes.
  • Uses best practice and knowledge of the divisional vision and values to assess, evaluate, and recommend opportunities for collaboration with partners.
  • Coordinates, prepares, and monitors various financial and budgetary activities, including vendor contracts, annual reports, and evaluation to funding agencies.
  • Coordinates the proposal application, selection, and award process.
  • Contributes to the organization of various committee meetings, composing itineraries for visiting delegations, and the preparation of materials (including presentations, reports, etc.).
  • Contributes to program development, program administration, data analysis, communication about the program, and development economics research.
  • Coordinates program initiatives, ensuring unity of focus and purpose to attract talented students and supporting broader student initiatives.
  • Coordinates activities to engage various stakeholders of the program, such as Argonne scientists and industrial partners.
  • Plans and implements virtual and in-person events, including new courses, education, and outreach activities.
  • Forms graduate training program and to interact with talented graduate students at the University of Chicago.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of education outreach programs. May collaborate with teachers on implementing curriculum in the classroom.
  • Prepares program communications, including creating and coordinating dissemination of program materials.
  • 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



  • Master’s degree or above in engineering, computer science, social science, or a related field OR minimum of two years of progressively responsible administrative experience.



  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through a doctoral degree program or minimum of two years of work experience in a related job discipline.
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership skills along with progressively increasing project management.
  • Collaboration experience to facilitate work within a broad network of colleagues across disciplines and for engagement with the wider community. 
  • Experience with training and development of training curricula. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific information and concepts to a variety of audiences, including the public. 
  • Proven ability to respond to and collaborate with diverse constituencies.  
  • Must be result-oriented, have a high standard of excellence, exceptional planning, execution, analytical and judgment skills, strong analytical skills, and an outstanding commitment to and proven ability to advance an organization's priorities.    
  • Experience with program planning, business administration, or organizational development.
  • Experience working in higher education or an academic research environment.


Technical Knowledge/Skills

  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Familiarity with standard document, graphic design, publishing, and web content management software. 


Preferred Competencies

  • Strong interest in advancing science and engineering education and research, and interest in working with students.
  • Effective time-management and ability to balance competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively and cultivate positive working relationships with students, staff, faculty, partners, and the public.
  • Excellent organizational skills, problem solving ability, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including outstanding judgment, discretion, a strong ethical approach to decision-making and a demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts fairly and diplomatically, and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently, take direction, and achieve consensus.
  • Ability to create dynamic relationships across academic disciplines, the research community at large, industry partners, and other peer institutions.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes in workflow and procedures.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion & social justice and is culturally responsive.


Working Conditions

  • Some evenings and weekend work.


Application Documents

  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Professional Reference Contact -3 (preferred)

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


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