Head of Mass Spectrometry, ASSET Technology Centre

Belfast (City/Town) (GB)
£41,526 - £51,034 per annum
November 02 2020
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Queen’s University Belfast

Head of Mass Spectrometry, ASSET Technology Centre                    

Ref: 20/108444

Institute for Global Food Security

School of Biological Sciences

We are recruiting for a Head of Mass Spectroscopy who will play a major leadership role in the operations and expansion of the Mass-Spectrometry Unit within the ASSET Centre of the Institute for Global Food Security in the School of Biological Science. The ASSET Centre has a wide range of platforms to perform targeted and untargeted analysis for small and large molecules. The ASSET Technology Centre is a leading analytical chemistry research hub and is a designated ‘Centre of Expertise’ in food authenticity. Researchers undertake frontier measurement research is many areas of environmental and food security related sciences. The development of proposals to support the centre to gaining further national and international recognition as a centre of excellence will also be a key role as will the fostering of strategic relationships with key technology providers. The Head of the Unit will contribute to strategic planning to ensure the long term sustainability and expansion of the unit. They will provide high quality scientific expertise to support researchers obtaining the maximum benefit from the technology platforms available.

The successful candidate will support a large and dynamic group of researchers in terms of fostering collaborations and provide scientific and technical support. The post holder will ensure the success and sustained resourcing of the Mass-Spectrometry Unit by developing its ability to support the generation of grant income and contribute to high profile publications and societal impacts.

The successful candidate must have:

• A relevant degree and PhD

• Substantial relevant research experience in mass spectrometry that will enable further development of the unit and contribute to the Institute grand challenges

• Experience of developing new research methodologies, especially for small molecule analysis, with the aim of implementing new approaches, techniques and work flows for mass spectrometry

Salary: £41,526 - £51,034 per annum

This post is available for 24 months with possibility of extension. 

Closing date: Wednesday 02 December 2020

Anticipated interview date: Friday 11 December 2020

Informal enquiries may be directed to Ms Ciara Sarsfield via email to c.sarsfield@qub.ac.uk

The Institute aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.  We host an innovative scientific research team and contribute to genuine new discoveries and the development of new methods of practical use the Institute for Global Food Security GRI: The Institute is ranked No 1 in the UK for research intensity in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF 2014). 

Further information about the School, Institute and Group Leader can be found at https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofBiologicalSciences/




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