Website and Communications Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Midwest
  • Applications have closed

The University of Chicago

About the Department
The Center for Mechanical Excitability (CME) is dedicated to the study of the mechanobiome, the biological construct where forces are sensed, transduced, and exerted as part of a broad range of processes, both physiological and pathophysiological. Our approach covers a range of biological mechanisms both at the mesoscale and the nanoscale. We use an advanced toolkit that includes biochemistry, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, structural biology and imaging, as well as AI-driven computational modeling and bioinformatics; all within the context of evolutionary biology. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology studies how biomolecules function and interact to drive the complex, diverse, and adaptive behaviors of living systems. Our focus is on biological mechanisms described at the atomic level. We are highly collaborative and often employ multiple approaches to address otherwise intractable questions. We have particular strengths in membrane proteins and RNA biochemistry and are pioneers in all areas of biophysics, structural biology, biochemistry, and protein engineering and design. Please explore our programs further at
Job Summary
The Website and Communications will maintain the communications footprint of the Center for Mechanical Excitability at The University of Chicago; this includes our web presence (Website and social media), content management, and outreach.


Collaborate with CME leadership to compose and edit official documentation to develop and manage administrative governances and policies.
Serve as the web content manager for the CME. Update CME event calendars and link with the BSD Science emailer and UChicago Calendar.
Manage all the CME Social Media channels and develop mechanobiology community outreach and engagement strategies.
Create and distribute promotional materials and content for CME events and outreach.
Coordinate and collaborate with BMB, Neurobiology and the Neuroscience institute for joint academic activities.
Serve as liaison with the Office of Academic Affairs to manage center memberships.
Streamline organization processes for CME-sponsored conferences and meeting room scheduling and maintenance.
Engage with the BSD and broader University of Chicago’s Creative and Communications teams to develop new projects and streamline communications between the Institute’s units and the University. Includes but is not limited to, creating logo, website, sign creation, and development of cross-communication promotional materials; managing and soliciting research updates and publications from Institute faculty, students, and postdocs, and working with the BSD and University news & communication groups to develop articles for distribution across the community.
Develop and maintain Wikipedia pages for the center and members.
Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization’s programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
Accomplishes assigned duties through two or more of the following: written communications; visual/graphic media, which may include Web site development and maintenance; speeches and personal contact. The incumbent is still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills.
Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
Continues to build higher level knowledge of the University, processes and customers.
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.—


Working Conditions

Office environment with frequent interactions with lab personnel.
Weekend/Evening hours as needed.
Application Documents

Resume (required)
Cover Letter (required)

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