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#97453 Mass Spectrometry Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Thu 1/24/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/15/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/24/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, the incumbent will assist senior researchers with preparing samples for mass spectrometry analysis from collaborators participating in the SEED grant program as well as carrying out experiments to analyze food and human skin samples by mass spectrometry.

We have developed protocols in the laboratory for collection of food and skin samples, extraction and preparation for mass spectrometry analysis and the incumbent will be trained to use these protocols for the research projects.


  • Theoretical knowledge of chemistry or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience working with MZMine, GNPS, and Qiita.

  • Demonstrated experience using Jupyter notebooks.

  • Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting LC/MS instruments, preferably from multiple vendors.

  • Ability to perform basic analytical chemistry lab experiments such as preparation of solutions and reagents according to research project needs.

  • Communication skills to communicate in person, by phone, and in writing to diverse groups of persons who are laboratory staff, students, administrative staff, and academic faculty.

  • Ability to maintain inventories of laboratory reagents, solvents, glassware, and related items.

  • Ability to use computer software for large equipment, internet, word processing, scientific graphics, literature searches, and drawing chemical structures.

  • Ability to learn new analytical chemical techniques and adapt them to ongoing research projects. Ability to provide oral presentation and explanation of research methods and results.

  • Ability to keep detailed and understandable records of experimental procedures, results, and evaluation of research results.

  • Ability to organize experiments with controls to make progress on several related projects. Ability to make improvements on existing procedures that require troubleshooting.

  • Skill in working in a fast-paced research laboratory with deadlines for research results for grant proposals, manuscripts, and presentations at scientific meetings.


  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends, depending on needs of the research.

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Payroll Title:
Center for Microbiome Innovati
Hiring Salary Range
$43,305.10 - $47,188.88 /year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri