Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technician

Perth, Australia
22 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Australian National Phenome Centre

  • Fixed term, full time position for 12 Months (with the possibility of extension)
  • Level H0708 $82k-$109k plus 9.5% employer superannuation contributions
  • Salary Packaging opportunities
  • Ref: 2328A01/202569

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an experienced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Technician to join the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) – a newly established metabolic phenotyping facility involved in revolutionizing precision medicine and personalized health. The ANPC is focused on the application of advanced spectroscopic technologies and methodologies to research areas in clinical health including diabetes, obesity, autism, healthy ageing and the microbiome.

Based at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (adjacent to Fiona Stanley Hospital), the ANPC is a powerful resource that enables research to examine the complex interactions between genes, lifestyle and the environment.

The ANPC is the first dedicated metabolic phenotyping facility in Australia and the largest in the world. It supports an extremely diverse array of spectroscopic instruments, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers (600MHzIVDr, FoodScreener and cryo-probe NMR) and Mass Spectrometers (UPLC-QTOF/MS, FT-MS, TQ-MS, GC-QTOF/MS, etc).

The Role

Responsible to the Senior Operations Manager, this position is an opportunity for an emerging researcher (PhD or near-completion) to be involved in the early establishment of a truly unique facility under the scientific leadership of Professor Jeremy Nicholson (Executive Director of the ANPC and the Pro Vice Chancellor Health Futures Institute) and Professor Elaine Holmes (WA Premier’s Fellow in Phenomics and Systems Medicine).

The NMR Technician is a highly-trained researcher proficient in the use of NMR spectroscopy for high-throughput metabolic phenotyping and small molecule analysis of biofluids, tissue extracts and other matrices of biological and medical significance. Previous experience in MAS-NMR, SPE-NMR and LC-NMR-MS is advantageous; advanced chemometric and statistical analysis is highly desirable. The post will be concerned with all practical laboratory aspects required to acquire high-quality NMR data, sample handling and preparation, instrument troubleshooting and maintenance as well as analytical method development.

Skills and Experience

The preferred candidate will be a highly motivated researcher who is passionate about the application of NMR spectroscopy to deliver translational outcomes in precision medicine and personalised health. Possessing a tertiary qualification (doctoral studies preferred) in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, metabolomics, phenomics or a related field, is a key requirement of this role.

 You will be experienced in the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with other NMR specialists in the development of new methods and the implementation of validated methods as part of routine work,
  • Considerable knowledge in operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of NMR spectrometers,
  • Data quality assurance and statistical modelling for metabolite annotation and identification,
  • Strong organisational skills required to coordinate projects, including the accurate maintenance of records,
  • Strong communications skills required to articulate technical objectives and translate findings to other researchers or a non-scientific audience,

Applicants should refer to the Position Description for further detail on the duties, skills and experience required for this role.Applicants must have valid work rights.

Think Murdoch

With strong links to government, business and the community, Murdoch University helps people discover how to make a difference. Our staff and students are committed to high quality education, innovative research, and strong community engagement both locally and internationally.

Prospective staff can expect to enjoy the lively, natural campus and dynamic work environment, as well as a range of benefits and services unique to employment at Murdoch. There’s never been a better time to join us.

For more information or to apply:

Please visit to view the Position Description and apply, or to find out more about joining Murdoch.

Please see the Applicant Guide for more information.Applications sent by post or email will not be accepted.Please note visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Murdoch University values workplace diversity, promotes inclusion, and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, and people with disability.

Applicants who have support or access requirements, are encouraged to advise this at the time of their application, to ensure appropriate assistance is provided throughout the recruitment process.

Closing date: 14 August 2020(11:59pm)

Murdoch University reserves the right to remove this vacancy before this date.