Open Positions at University of Chicago's STAGE Lab

The University of Chicago’s STAGE Lab has open positions. Please find brief information about STAGE (Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration) and the positions below:

Executive Director Position

The Executive Director serves as STAGE’s head administrative staff member, and is responsible for executing STAGE’s operational and strategic plans, managing STAGE staff members, and providing excellent project and administrative management to STAGE in its current growth phase.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the sciences, engineering, or technology; PhD or master’s degree a plus

For more information and to apply:

Executive Director, STAGE; Job Requisition #: JR14807

Postdoctoral Scholar Position

STAGE Lab at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The STAGE lab is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in science or engineering with strong interdisciplinary interests in various fields of science and technology, and the ability to curate the research of a wide variety of scientific fields, in order to inspire topics of theatrical and film productions.

In addition to a core project with a focus on conveying science through a unique storytelling process, the postdoctoral scholar will be an active collaborator on theatrical projects and participate in several aspects of the development of the theatre work. They will take part in core lab research activities of theatre making, filmmaking, game design, curricular development, etc. related to specific scientific fields. They will mentor undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines, as well as assist collaborators from various backgrounds, in understanding the central principles of scientific themes underlying the theatre work. They will also initiate new collaborations by connecting with various other departments and centers at the University and beyond.

Familiarity with and/or a strong personal interest in the arts, particularly theatre and/or film, preferred. Proficiency in a foreign language and experience working in a multicultural environment is a plus.

The research will be conducted on the campus of the University of Chicago, and will provide the opportunity to work with scientists at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the University as a whole. Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter to Professor Nancy Kawalek (<>). Applications are due by July 15, 2022, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis after that date. As a general rule, therefore, applications should be submitted as early as possible.

About STAGE:

STAGE – Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration – is a full-scale laboratory embedded within a science and engineering school devoted to collaborations among scientists and artists. Specifically, it is at the helm of one of four core research themes, that of "Arts, Sciences and Technology," at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). The STAGE Lab's distinct research focuses on creating and developing new theatre and film work inspired by science and technology. Rather than science lectures disguised as plays or films, these are emotionally engaging, entertaining stories "that happen to be about science." STAGE harnesses the power of storytelling to promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena, catalyze the development of art that depicts the scientific and technological age in which we live, and cultivate appreciation and collaboration between the two cultures of science and art.