(Senior) Experimental Officer for Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis (SYNBIOCHEM)

Job Reference : S&E-10865
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 19/11/2017
Salary : £31,604 to £47,801 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Hours Per week : full time
Contract Duration : available from 1 December 2017 to 30 June 2018

We require an ambitious and driven scientist to build and run a world-leading integrative data analysis platform, using untargeted metabolomics profiling and targeted analytics to guide the cutting-edge engineering of microbial cell factories for high-value chemical production. this position is a central part of Manchester's £12M investment into synthetic biology approaches for next generation biotechnology. 

The University of Manchester received major funding in 2014 for its synthetic biology centre (SYNBIOCHEM) as a UK/European Centre of Excellence for the Synthetic Biology of fine and speciality chemicals production (including new products and intermediates for drug development, agrochemicals and new materials for sustainable bio-manufacturing). Located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, the Centre is at the forefront of international developments in the emerging science of Synthetic Biology. In addition to major investment in capital equipment (including 5 state-of-the-art Mass Specs) the Centre recruited a team of Senior Experimental Officers to deliver the SYNBIOCHEM technology platforms. As part of this team, SYNBIOCHEM wishes to recruit a senior technology specialist to provide expertise in untargeted metabolomics, targeted data analysis and related areas of computational biology to support the delivery of the multidisciplinary discovery and implementation pipeline.

We are seeking a highly skilled member of staff with a PhD and extensive postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) and expertise to work effectively across the wider SYNBIOCHEM platforms and drive forward multiple science programmes. You will have expertise in the analysis of untargeted metabolomics and targeted datasets, including deconvolution, pre-processing as well as statistics, and related postgenomic data, preferably in the context of metabolic or signalling pathway engineering for synthetic biology, with additional generic skills that can be applied to the SYNBIOCHEM Design/Build/Test/Learn cycle. A strong ethos for team-based working will be essential for integration of the science programmes across the technology platforms. Also essential is a broad vision and experience to manage demands arising from multiple projects and a strong collaborative ethos. Appointments will be considered at an Experimental Officer grade for candidates with the clear potential to reach the SEO level but without the body of experience required.

For more information on SYNBIOCHEM see the website: http://www.synbiochem.manchester.ac.uk/

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit: http://www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the MIB and Synbiochem



Dr Rosalind Le Feuvre, Director of Operations SYNBIOCHEM


General enquiries:


0161 275 4499

Technical support:


0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.