Research Fellow in Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics

University of Birmingham

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United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


£29,301 to £38,183

03 Jan 2017
22 Jan 2017

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Reference number: BIR-55220

Job Purpose

To contribute to the achievement of the School’s research strategy by undertaking specified research activities within an established research programme.

As part of a £8 million award from the MRC, industry and University of Birmingham, we have established a state-of-the-art metabolic phenotyping (metabolomics) facility to conduct medical research including the development of stratified medicine tools. Phenome Centre Birmingham (PCB) comprises eleven Thermo Scientific and Waters liquid chromatography-mass spectrometers (LC-MS), two Bruker 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, liquid handling robots and high specification computational infrastructure to better understand metabolic perturbations in human health, disease and ageing. The School of Biosciences, LES will house the sample preparation, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics sub-facilities within the PCB.

The successful applicant must be highly motivated to contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the PCB with a focus on the development and application of metabolic phenotyping to medical research and to enhance stratified medicine. The job will include study design, sample preparation, data acquisition applying mass spectrometry platforms, project management and training. The job will also involve extensive collaborations with researchers and clinicians within and external to the university (academic, industry, scientific instrument manufacturers).

Person Specification

  • • First degree in area of specialism and a higher degree relevant to research area: PhD (awarded) in metabolomics, mass spectrometry or (bio)analytical chemistry.
  • • Have worked in an industrial or academic research lab with a focus on small molecule analysis and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • • High level of analytical chemistry skills, in particular experience in the operation of mass spectrometry platforms
  • • Work accuracy, highly organised and have an attention to detail are mandatory
  • • Good team member who integrates easily and communicates very clearly across different fields of science including analytical chemistry, informatics and biochemistry
  • • Ability to communicate complex information clearly and efficiently
  • • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • • Detailed knowledge of laboratory safety
  • • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and research methods to work within established research programmes
  • • Good intellectual reasoning
  • • Able to assume responsibility
  • • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working within the large PCB team

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