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Manager, Analytical Mass Spectrometry

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Manager, Analytical Mass Spectrometry
Department Research, Discovery & Innovation (9906)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The office for Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) invites applications for an appointed Manager at the Staff Scientist level for the newly established Analytical Mass Spectrometry Services Core. The Manager will supervise a team of scientists to provide a variety of mass spectrometry services in a well-equipped University-wide core facility.

The Manager of the Analytical Mass Spectrometry Services Core (AMaSS) will provide leadership and all aspects of technical support for a wide range of mass spectrometry instrumentation and experimentation for research in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, materials science, physics and engineering. Primary duties include assistance and leadership to: operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment in the MS laboratory; carry out MS measurements on samples provided by researchers; train users and staff on the correct procedures and methods of operation of equipment and data processing. Additionally, the person would provide technical support for the design and execution of appropriate experimental protocols to enable collaborative research involving the application of modern MS methods. The ideal candidate would have: demonstrated skill in state-of-art mass spectrometry (e.g. multiplexing, PTM identification); demonstrated broad knowledge of research and development in MS instrumentation and applications to chemistry, biology, and medicine; strong communication skills and a commitment to training and educating a diverse group of researchers including students, staff and faculty.

The AMaSS is equipped for a wide range of chemical and biochemical experiments. The core facility provides a suite of analyses in proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and high-resolution accurate mass determinations of small molecules using a variety of instruments: multiple Q-Exactive Plus orbitraps for LC-MS/MS, an orbitrap Velos Pro, a Q-TOF, several ion traps for LC and GC analyses, and a 9.4 T FTICR.

Research, Discover & Innovation (RDI) supports world-class research and discovery by University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with particular attention to the University’s land-grant mission of service to the State of Arizona. RDI enables the research success of University of Arizona faculty through its support of University research centers, institutes, museums, and core facilities; provision of research development, compliance and safety services; and strategic external partnerships. The University of Arizona seeks to build on its great strengths in interdisciplinary research by expanding its fundraising program dedicated to securing philanthropic support for interdisciplinary campus-wide initiatives that cross multiple academic interests.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 42,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body. The University is one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and conducts significant scholarly and creative research. The National Science Foundation ranks UA as one of the nation’s top 20 public universities in research expenditures.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Lead a team of staff scientists with expertise in proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and small molecule characterization and determination
• Supervise and manage facility staff for optimal efficiency
• Act as an interface between the research community, facility staff and RDI administrators
• Keep abreast of new developments in the field and ensures the training of staff scientists in state-of-the-art skills, and seeks/recommends supplemental training to advance knowledge and facility capabilities.
• Assist users and facility staff in developing new protocols for sample preparation and analyses
• Recommend purchase of equipment and upgrades (hardware and software)
• Oversee the daily performance and maintenance of various mass spectrometers and related equipment within the AMaSS. Organizes training sessions and certifies new users for safe and proper use of core facility equipment.
• Provide support for ongoing and new research projects
• Participate in the educational mission of the university by assisting in the organization and teaching of MS techniques and applications via user training sessions and workshops
• Collaborate with users on developing new experimental protocol/method development and data interpretation, grant development and publications when appropriate
• Communicate (oral/written) results to facility users, and scientific community when appropriate
• Responsible for establishing and monitoring compliance with safe operating procedures within the lab as per University regulations
• Participate in University committees and leadership opportunities
• Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

• PhD or equivalent degree in a field related to mass spectrometry and 2 years of related research experience; OR Masters’ degree and 2-4 years related research experience; OR Bachelors of Science and 5-7 years related research experience
• Excellent interpersonal and oral/written skills to interact with a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
• Demonstrated history of mass spectrometry-based scientific success, including publication in peer reviewed scientific journals
• Demonstrated supervisory and lab management experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. and/or postdoctoral experience in the use of mass spectrometry with 5 years of related research experience
• Demonstrated state-of-the-art expertise in one of the following fields: proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, or small molecule structural analysis
• Strong fundamental knowledge in different types of mass analyzers, ionization sources, and analyte separation (e.g. LC, GC, ion-mobility)
• Basic knowledge and familiarity with the concepts and practices of the field of Bioinformatics as it relates to mass spectrometry and experience with MS-based Omics data analysis systems and software
• Ability to provide instruction and evaluation of scientific staff that are expert in diverse MS applications
• Demonstrated creativity and innovation in sample preparation and mass spectrometry approaches
• Experience in teaching new and experienced MS users
• Experience in grant applications
• 3-5 years of experience in personnel management and supervision

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21542
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Ken Nebesny
(520) 621-8240

Open Date 05/31/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 06/21/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

All applicants must apply through the University of Arizona’s online application process by completing an application with contact information for three references and attaching a letter of interest and resume.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a PhD or equivalent degree in a field related to mass spectrometry and 2 years of related research experience; OR, Masters’ degree and 2-4 years related research experience; OR, Bachelors of Science and 5-7 years related research experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference/Referee Contact Information
Optional Documents