Postdoctoral Fellow position in Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics

Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana
October 19 2018
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Postdoctoral Fellow position in Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics

Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track
Department School of Public and Environmental Affair
Salary Grade RSP

Position Summary
We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics at Indiana University Bloomington to participate in an exciting, new collaborative project called PhyloTox, which seeks to identify the evolutionary origins of molecular toxicity pathways. Using transcriptomics and metabolomics data collected from a group of model species/cells exposed to a carefully selected suite of chemicals, biological insights will be drawn from the perturbation of entire genetic and biochemical networks via chemical ablation. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a novel precision environmental health program to help solve the enormous environmental health crisis caused by environmental pollution.

For this position, we seek a postdoctoral fellow in Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics to focus on the application of metabolic phenotyping across a six model organisms/cell lines, applying primarily non-targeted LC-MS strategies. The post-holder will perform sample preparation applying manual and robotic approaches, LC-MS instrument maintenance and operation to acquire highly reproducible data in a high-throughput laboratory, and metabolite identification. They will contribute to study design and analytical method development in cutting edge, biomedical computational and statistical analysis.

The project involves working with several PIs and laboratories and, thus, collaborative skills and results-oriented project management are required. The position is localized at Indiana University Bloomington in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Health, and Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering. The position also includes a unique training opportunity under the guidance of Prof Mark Viant in the world class metabolomics facility of the University of Birmingham, UK ( This position will either be assigned to the Department of Chemistry or the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, whichever is the best fit for the successful candidate.

Basic Qualifications
The candidate is expected to hold a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field with experience in bioanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, and metabolomics and in associated data analysis techniques. The successful candidate should be an enthusiastic scientist with experience and demonstrated success of working independently and as part of a team in a bioanalytical research facility in industry or academia.

Department Contacts for Questions
Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application online: The application should consist of a cover letter stating your accomplishments and interest in the project's research, curriculum vitae, and letters of support from at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by November 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Drs. Joseph Shaw ( or Stephen Jacobson (

Compensation is at NIH scale and access to the University's generous fringe benefits package, which includes enrollment in the University's group life insurance program and its medical plans.

The position is a 12-month appointment available from November 2018 and is funded for up to two years.

For Best Consideration Date 11/15/2018

Expected Start Date November 2018

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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