First listed on: 01 July 2019

Mass Spectrometry Specialist
Australian National Phenome Centre


  • 3 year fixed term, full time position (37.5 hours per week)
  • H0708 |  $82k -$107k plus 17% employer superannuation contributions
  • Salary Packaging opportunities
  • Ref: 2029A01/202311

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an experienced Mass Spectrometry Specialist 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 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 Mass Spectrometry Specialist is a highly trained 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 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 mass spectrometry 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 high resolution instruments, in particular, UPLC-QTOFMS.
  • 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.

For more information or to apply:

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

Closing date: 28 July 2019 (11:59pm)


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