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NMR Metabolomics Specialist Technician

Phenome Centre Birmingham
Job Location
University of Birmingham
West Midlands
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
In the range £27,025 to £29,515. With potential progression once in post to £33,199 a year.
Job Description

Phenome Centre-Birmingham is a new major centre for providing national capability in state-of-the-art metabolic phenotyping (metabolomics) applied to stratified medicine. 

The post holder will contribute significantly to the day-to-day operation of the Phenome Centre Birmingham at the University of Birmingham, in particular conducting metabolomics analysis primarily using NMR spectroscopy and secondarily using mass spectrometry. 

The successful candidate will assist researchers in fulfilling the research objectives of the centre with a focus on the preparation of biofluid and tissue samples for metabolomics analyses, assisted by liquid handling robots, and the application of both NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry for metabolic phenotyping. Primarily the role is to conduct the sample preparation and data collection for NMR metabolomics studies, in collaboration with researchers, both within, and external to, the university (academic, industry, scientific instrument manufacturers), and secondarily a similar role in mass spectrometry metabolomics. This also includes liaising with and training other scientists. 


● Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject, ideally a higher degree in metabolomics. 
● In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods related to metabolomics research and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and formal qualification. 
● Extensive laboratory experience in NMR spectroscopy based metabolomics, and a sound understanding of the technique. 
● Proficiency in commonly used and specialized software packages for NMR metabolomics data acquisition and processing, with sufficient understanding of the processes applied to assist the development of open access data processing pipelines. 
● Previous laboratory experience of mass spectrometry based metabolomics, or a sound theoretical understanding of this technique and an aptitude to learn mass spectrometry based metabolomics. 
● Understanding of, and experience in providing, a metabolomics service to internal and external stakeholders. 
● A positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others both internally and externally. 
● Excellent communication skills with colleagues that are effective and succinct, both internally and externally. 
● Ability to organise and manage own work load and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements. 
● Ability to work under minimal supervision and function as part of a team to meet deadlines and solve problems. 
● Knowledge of current relevant H&S policies.