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

Helmholtz Munich
Munich (Stadt), Bayern (DE)
Up to E 13 (TVöD)
Closing date
12 Nov 2023

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Applied Science, Biomedicine, Clinical, Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Research Assistant, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term



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.

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.

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.

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