Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 13, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 225524-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Research Specialist - Mass Spectrometry is responsible for conducting specialized experimental procedures, assistance with training laboratory personnel, and supporting other activities related to research within the Coon Metabolomics Laboratory. A successful candidate will collaborate with campus and outside investigators and their researchers.

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Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field is required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Well-qualified candidates will have 2 or more years of experience in the following:
1) Mass spectrometry experience including the use of liquid chromatography and/or gas chromatography preferably for metabolite, lipid, or small-molecule analysis
2) Expertise in the operation of mass spectrometer systems
3) Experience with liquid chromatography systems including basic maintenance and troubleshooting
4) Knowledge of chromatographic separations, gas and liquid
5) Basic understanding of metabolic processes (TCA cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, glycolysis, etc.) and organic chemistry
6) A working knowledge and understanding of laboratory equipment (analytical balance, pH meter, sonicator, speed-vac, etc.) and basic troubleshooting
7) Must have high analytical acumen with a particular emphasis on diagnosing instrument problems, identifying data irregularities, and combining metabolic and organic chemistry knowledge to measure/identify new and/or challenging compounds
8) Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
9) Must have the ability to work both independently and part of a dynamic research team
10) Must have strong organization skills and attention to detail

1) Experience in analytical separation techniques, including reversed phase chromatography, HILIC, ion-exchange chromatography, size exclusion chromatography, capillary zone electro?phoresis, capillary gel electrophoresis, capillary isoelectric focusing as applied to proteins, peptides, and lipids.
2) Expertise in capillary LC column fabrication
3) Experience with sample preparation for metabolite analysis by mass spectrometry, particularly from plant materials, mammalian plasma, serum, urine, cerebral spinal fluid, tissue, and cultured cells (mammalian, yeast, and bacteria)
4) Experience in label free protein quantification
5) Experience in processing large sample cohorts
6) Experience in the informatic analysis of mass spectrometry data

Additional Information:

Standing for long periods of time is required
Must be able to work in a fume hood and cold room (4 ?C)
Work is normally performed in a wet laboratory environment
Moderate physical effort is occasionally required
No or very limited exposure to physical risk
Evening and weekend may be required



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $32,056 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the "" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.


Joshua Coon
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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Applications Open: Aug 13 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 18 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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