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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - FTMS in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311224

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Functional & Systems BIology

Job Description

The Functional and Systems Biology group at Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to aid in the development of next generation hybrid FTMS instrumentation and supporting technologies such as non-traditional MS/MS techniques or other MS experiments. EMSL, a national scientific user facility and research directorate, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is supported and stewarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The EMSL User facility is designed to provide innovative and breakthrough experimental and computational science that addresses BER programs.

The candidate will also be responsible for aiding in the development of a FTMS suite, which currently includes a wide range of FTICR and Orbitrap platforms. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the instrumentation along with supporting Users with these capabilities. User support may encompass proteomic, metabolomic, or organic matter/complex mixture research. We have a dynamic, world-class high performance mass spectrometry capability and this would be a fantastic opportunity for self-motivated individuals who want to continue learning and developing leading edge technologies and applications. We have a highly integrated work environment and work on many team and collaborative projects across multiple capabilities and disciplines. The candidate must work effectively within a preeminent research operation in the context of the EMSL User environment that takes advantage of the truly unique infrastructure present within the EMSL.

The candidate must have a record of accomplishment in the development of mass spectrometry instrumentation and methods. Additional expertise in FTICR and Orbitrap instrumentation and methodologies, Python computer programing language, tandem mass spectrometry, and proteomics, metabolomics, or complex mixture workflows is advantageous. Interest in automation, data analysis, and machine learning is also desirable. The candidate should possess good oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. The results of the successful candidate's work will be used to generate new intellectual property, peer-reviewed publications, presentations at national conferences, and new research proposals. Maintenance of laboratory equipment, organization, working conditions, and an accurate laboratory notebook are expected in addition to implementation of Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) Operations and security requirements, and directorate/group policies.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have direct experience and expertise in at least one MS-related field.

PhD within the past five years in Physics, Chemistry, or related discipline

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Functional and Systems Biology

Opening Date: 2020-09-23

Closing Date: 2020-11-26