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Postdoctoral Researcher – Mass Spectrometry


National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training


NIBRT – The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training based in Dublin, Ireland - is a centre of excellence for research and training in bioprocessing technology. The Complete Process and Product Characterisation Laboratory (CPPCL), which includes the Glycobiology Laboratory (PI: Prof. Pauline M. Rudd), is a central part of NIBRT's research strategy is seeking to recruit a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in mass spectrometry to work as part of the contract glycan analytics team. The appointee will join an existing team who carry out custom glycan analytics for biopharmaceutical clients using a combination of HPLC and mass spectrometry based methods. The appointee will also be involved in the design and delivery of NIBRTs new bioanalytics training programmes.

The appointee will be responsible for the successful completion of contract research projects for NIBRT’s biopharmaceutical clients. The appointee will also be involved in the development of new glycan and protein analytical workflows, specifically mass spectrometry based, with the existing team. This work will require a significant amount of analytical expertise in both HLPC/UPLC and mass spectrometry. The successful candidate will also be required to contribute to the design and delivery of NIBRTs new bioanalytics training programmes.


Essential qualifications:
The ideal candidate should hold a PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science. Knowledge of HPLC is considered advantageous but not essential as training will be provided. Mass spectrometry experience is required. Experience with protein chemistry and glycobiology is also highly advantageous. Applicants must have strong documentation skills, both oral and written. The appointee must be capable of presenting complex scientific topics to academic and industrial partners, be highly numerate and possess good problem solving skills. The ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team and to prioritise and manage varied and complex projects is essential. Knowledge of glycobiology is beneficial but not essential. Previous training experience is beneficial

Additional qualifications:
Protein and glycan analytics will be a central theme to this role and experience or familiarity with related methods would be considered an advantage.

Further Details

The position is for 18 months initially and a competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant. NIBRT is an equal opportunities employer. For further information and/or informal discussions on this position, please contact: Barbara Keegan at NIBRT on +353 (1) 215 8143 or by email: Barbara.keegan@nibrt.ie.
Applications can be submitted by email or mail (including all relevant supporting documentation) to: Barbara Keegan, NIBRT, Fosters Ave, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. A competitive package is on offer for the successful applicant. an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date

30 March 2012