IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

Mass Spectrometry Specialist to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

Copenhagen, Denmark

Advanced mass spectrometry-based proteomics is a key technology to The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) ( at the University of Copenhagen. Therefore, a new position is offered to support and maintain the recently established proteomics platform.

The Novo Nordisk Foundations Center for Protein Research (CPR) promotes basic and applied research on proteins of medical relevance. The research scope spans in silico biology, proteomics, biochemistry and cell biology, and the unifying theme is the identification and functional exploration of proteins and protein pathways involved in disease mechanisms.

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CPR is located at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. This logistical configuration is ideally suited for seamless exchange of personnel, material and lively scientific communication. The research environment at center is vibrant, ambitious, and international, with many different nationalities represented.

Job descriptions and qualifications
The successful candidate is expected to work as a team member to provide mass spectrometry (MS) equipment support and expertise for maintaining and developing the MS instrument park and the associated IT and computational infrastructure at the highest international level.

The proteomics platform houses 13 high-end MS instruments coupled to Ultra-high pressure LC (UHLPC) equipment are all based upon the latest generation of orbitrap mass spectrometers. All MS instruments are used in a 24-7 mode of operation for both internal research projects as well as collaborations. The candidate will refer directly to the platform leader Professor Michael L. Nielsen, who can prioritize among the listed tasks when necessary.

Main tasks
Perform on-site repair, maintenance, qualification, and validation of advanced mass spectrometers coupled to upstream peptide separation by liquid chromatography:
– This may include: cleaning of instruments, trouble-shooting, refurbishing, ordering spare-parts and changing instrumental components such as electronic boards and critical mechanical parts of the instrument.
- The selected candidate will be responsible for MS and UHPLC services and repair; and for provision of advanced maintenance work.
- Should be able to analyze technical problems and recommend modifications to eliminate future problems.
- Coordinate problem resolution with MS manufactory customer service, or other personnel to expedite repairs.
- Responsible for performance assessment of the mass spectrometric equipment in the department and to automatically evaluate necessity of ventilation and cleaning.
- Implementation of services and documentation for performance assessment of mass spectrometric equipment.
- Train and assist individual users when performing troubleshooting and weekly MS maintenance.
- Maintenance and support of mass spectrometric IT-systems and data back-up solutions.

- We expect candidates with various technical, engineering or analytical educational backgrounds to apply.
- The practical and technical experience of the applicants will be one of the main criteria.
- Prior experience with technical or engineering support in mass spectrometry-based techniques is not required, but will be regarded a distinct advantage.
- Detailed knowledge and knowhow about repairing, maintaining and troubleshooting Orbitrap and/or TIMS TOF mass spectrometric instrumentation will be regarded an advantage.
- Service-minded and team player.
- Willingness to support multiple projects and interact with scientists throughout the Proteomics Program.
- Communication skills, fluent in English language.
- Experience in and training in the area of advanced mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

Terms of employment
The position as Mass Spectrometry Specialist will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and PROSA (association for organized IT Professionals) in salary group 3.1., or in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The agreement will be depending on the candidate’s background. To the salary is added a monthly contribution to a pension fund according to the collective agreement, and a supplement may be negotiated, dependent on the candidate’s experiences and qualifications.

Your application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Only online applications will be accepted and must include:

- Motivated application - Curriculum vitae - Copy of relevant diplomas.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 15 December 2019, 23.59 p.m. CET.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Michael Lund Nielsen by e-mail:

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7800 students, 1550 PhD students and 4400 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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