Mass Spectrometry 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: 2329A01/202568

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an experienced Mass Spectrometry Technician to join the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) – a newly established metabolic phenotyping facility involved in revolutionizing precision medicine and personalized health.

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 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 experienced analytical chemist or researcher to join a truly unique national 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 role is suitable for a highly-trained analytical chemist or researcher proficient in the use of high-resolution mass spectrometry for targeted and untargeted metabolic phenotyping and metabolomics of clinical samples such as biofluids, tissue extracts and other matrices of biological and medical significance. Previous experience with high sample throughput in an accredited laboratory facility in compliance with ISO/IEC standards is advantageous. The post will be concerned with all practical laboratory aspects required to acquire high-quality MS 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 mass spectrometry to deliver translational outcomes in precision medicine and personalised health. Possessing a tertiary qualification (doctoral studies or near completion) or equivalent industry experience in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, metabolomics, phenomics or a related field, is a requirement of this role.

 You will be experienced in the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop novel, robust methods and the implementation of validated methods as part of routine work,
  • Extensive knowledge in operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of mass spectrometers, in particular, UPLC-QTOFMS and UPLC-TQMS
  • Data quality assurance and bioinformatics experience for analyte 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.