Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

A new opening postdoctoral researcher position in analytical chemistry is available at University of Cambridge, UK. The initial contract for this position is two years. The deadline to apply is November 04, 2018.

Are you interested in using state of the art mass spectrometry techniques to develop new diagnostic markers for diseases and understand their underlying mechanisms? An exciting opportunity to work in the area of mass spectrometry based metabolomics has arisen with the appointment of a Research Associate in the Griffin group at the Department of Biochemistry, Central Cambridge. Using state of the art Mass Spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy, human and other biological tissues are processed to obtain complex spectra which, through careful analysis can led to many important medical breakthroughs e.g. novel biomarkers, measures of drug efficacy (as part of precision and stratified medicine approaches) or the discovery of key underlying biological mechanisms to human disease. In particular the group has a strong focus on aspects of the metabolic syndrome and why the inappropriate accumulation of lipids can produce cellular and tissue dysfunction.

Working as part of a team, the post holder will primarily be responsible for developing methods for lipidomics, particularly for developing new assays for different classes of lipids either using high resolution or targeted mass spectrometry. In addition the post holder may be involved in cell culture and molecular biology experiments and so general experience in a biochemistry laboratory would be an advantage. This role will involve a wide range of biological applications and analytical approaches and would suit someone with a degree of independence and the ability to problem solve.

The candidate should have at least a PhD (or equivalent) in analytical chemistry, metabolomics, proteomics or another related field which makes use of mass spectrometry and/or chromatography separation. Practical experience of modern mass spectrometry techniques are essential for this post. Good team working skills will be essential as will excellent communication skills and ability to work to deadlines whilst maintaining a high level of accuracy.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Informal enquiries can be made to Julian Griffin at

Any enquiries relating to the application process can be directed to the HR team at


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