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Staff Scientist in Mass Spectrometry (f/m/x)

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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11 Nov 2023

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Life Science
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Full time
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Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

Our Mission:

At the forefront of scientific discovery, the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (iTERM) is committed to understanding the complex 3D structures and molecular identities of biological samples. We have a team-driven culture that encourages open communication, mutual support, and collective problem-solving. Our multidisciplinary team, consisting of experts from the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, and computer science, works in unison to gain a comprehensive understanding of interconnected biological systems, both in health and disease.

Our research revolves around the development of sophisticated experimental methods including deep learning algorithms (AI) for the generation and robust and unbiased analysis of vast imaging and molecular data. This pioneering work has been recognized by high-profile scientific journals including Nature Methods ,Pan…Ertürk, 2016, Nature Neuroscience, Cai…Ertürk 2018, Cell, Pan…Ertürk 2019, Cell, Zhao…Ertürk 2020, Cell, Bhatia…Ertürk 2022, Nature Biotechnology, Mai…Ertürk (in press), Cell, Kolabas…Ertürk (in press) and has been featured in prominent media outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

iTERM is situated in the vibrant Munich area, renowned for its high quality of life. Our team is international, interdisciplinary, and English-speaking. We are currently seeking highly motivated scientists to bolster our innovative institute.

Staff Scientist in Mass Spectrometry (f/m/x)102085

Full time

Neuherberg near Munich


Your responsibilities

We are in search of a dynamic and talented scientist (f/m/x) with proven expertise in mass spectrometry to develop and maintain a cutting-edge proteomics Bruker timsTOF SCP platform. The selected candidate will not only innovate and implement new advances in technology but also focus on the analysis of proteomics from cleared tissues.

Furthermore, they will be responsible for conducting bioinformatics relevant to proteomics to bolster our research efforts. Key responsibilities will include overseeing the proteomics platform, managing instrument maintenance, developing methods, and perform LC-MS workflow including sample preparation, method development and execution, data acquisition.

Your qualifications
  • Proficiency in handling LC-MS/MS with significant experience in method development and troubleshooting.
  • Experience in developing and establishing sample preparation methods for tissue-laser dissections.
  • Skill in implementing methods for Data-Dependent and Data-Independent Acquisition (DIA) mass spectrometry.
  • Knowledge in analyzing post-translational modifications (phosphorylation, oxidation, lysine-acetylation).
  • Competence in applying various protein quantification methods (stable isotope labeling/proteome-wide quantification techniques, including label-free, SILAC, or TMT).
  • Adept at data analysis with specialized software (Spectronaut, DIA-NN, MaxQuant).
  • Master Degree in a relevant field.
  • Industry experience is a plus.
What we offer you

work-life balance
flexible working hours & working-time models
continuous education and training
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
home office options
on-site nursery & holiday care
elder care company pension scheme discounted public transport ticket
Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited to one year, the position can be extended and become permanent.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

**Interested?**If you have further questions, simply contact Xiaoshan Hu,, who will be happy to be of assistance. **Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
ITERM Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Oberschleißheim**

Total E-Quality Award for excellent gender equality policy for women and men: Helmholtz Munich is particularly committed to promoting professional equality between women and men. It therefore aims to increase the proportion of the underrepresented sex in the respective field. Helmholtz Munich is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 43.000 people currently work in its 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 5 billion Euros.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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