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The main purpose of this position is to perform analysis of clinical or other biological samples to measure metabolism. The Research Scientist (RS) will use mass spectrometry and assist with research in the metabolomics field within the Raftery group and its outside collaborators, as well as perform standard procedures and tasks related to the workflow of the Northwest Metabolomics Research Center (NW-MRC). Reporting to Dr. Raftery and working under the direct supervision of Dr. Danijel Djukovic or Dr. Nagana Gowda in his lab, the Research Scientist will be responsible for sample preparation and data acquisition using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) as well as either gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis as well as data processing on a range of metabolomics projects.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Research Scientist 1 will assist with metabolomics experiments involving the use of mass spectrometry, working under limited supervision to perform the following duties involved in sample preparation, LC-MS and GC-MS data acquisition and data analysis:
a) Prepare serum, plasma, cell, and tissue samples for either LC-MS or GC-MS analysis according to standard operating procedures.
b) Operate the GC-MS system and perform basic troubleshooting, cleaning and maintenance.
c) Operate the LC-MS instrument and process the data, including peak integration.
d) Assist in research method development by preparing samples and standards, optimizing MS instrument parameters and conditions, modifying and improving procedures, and general problem solving.
e) Assist with the design and execution of new approaches for metabolomics sample analysis.
f) Perform calculations to prepare solutions, calibration curves, and internal standards with accurate concentrations.
g) Determine total protein concentration using bicinchoninic acid assay (BCA assay).
h) Keep thorough laboratory records, maintain inventory and stock of laboratory supplies.
i) Organize data, metabolites and pathway groupings, and make calculations in Excel.
j) Assist with presenting research results in oral or publishable form.
REQUIREMENTS: Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field Type and Years of Experience: 1 years’ experience working in a health sciences, biochemistry laboratory
Knowledge and experience with laboratory practices and safety procedures
Ability to work under limited supervision
Strong ability to problem solve and attention to detail
Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft suite of products, particularly, Word, Excel and Outlook;
Some experience with data analysis
Professional presentation of materials, self and department in all matters
If no experience or if not proficient, individual is expected to attain technical skill using liquid and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.
Ability to work as a member of a research team a variety of personnel, including research collaborators, administrative staff and outside entities
Experience with chemistry research techniques
Prior experience working with liquid and/or gas chromatography mass spectrometry and biochemical reactants
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