Metabolomics jobs

8/3/2018 1:13:23 PM

There has been an increasing trend in the biological research field to conduct large-scale -omics studies, especially as technology advances to enable single-cell analyses and processing of big data sets. In general, -omics refers to the collective characterization of a particular subset of biological molecules at the cellular, tissue or organismal level. Most people are familiar with the term as it relates to macromolecules directly tied to the central dogma of biology (i.e., genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics); however, there’s a number of other subspecialties.  

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One expanding research area is metabolomics, which creates a biochemical snapshot of all the small molecules (i.e., substrates and end products of cellular metabolism) present within a sample. Metabolomics can provide unique insights into the physiological state of a cell with important biomedical applications. For example, the metabolome helps researchers understand the cellular changes that occur during disease progression or to identify potential metabolites to target for drug development.  

And to highlight the important role of metabolomics, the ASBMB’s three research journalsrecently teamed up to publish a virtual issue entitled “ Omics of lipids, glycans and polar metabolites,” which features a collection of related studies published in the journals since 2016. This week, we were curious to also see what hiring trends are happening in the field of metabolomics. Here’s a sampling of the types of jobs we found.  

Weekly jobs roundup 

  • The Department of Chemistry at the Universityof Massachusetts–Lowell is recruiting for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in analytical chemistry. The faculty members will establish independent research programs in a number of areas of expertise with metabolomics specifically mentioned in the advertisement. Review of applications will begin Oct. 1 but may be sooner if an adequate number of applications are received before that date.  
  • The Center for Infection and Immunity in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist. (Note: Search job postings for “metabolomics” if you have trouble accessing this link). The scientist will work on research projects in a number of -omics specialty areas and in the context of studying the pathogenesis of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, neurodevelopmental disorders and/or tick-borne disorders. Minimum qualifications include an M.D. or Ph.D. with expertise in microbial genomics, immunology, epigenetics and data science. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar in cancer metabolism. The scholar will research metabolic vulnerabilities in small-cell lung cancer by analyzing proteomic and metabolomic data sets among other approaches. Minimum qualifications include an M.D. or Ph.D. in molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or a relevant field. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Ramanathan lab at the Buck Institute for Researchon Aging (Novato, Calif.) is hiring for both a research associate and postdoctoral position in metabolomics. The lab is focused on the application of mass-spectrometry-based metabolomics as it relates to skeletal muscle biology and brain aging. See the postings for details on qualifications. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • Agios (Cambridge, Mass.), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel drugs to treat cancer and rare genetic metabolic diseases, has openings for both a scientist(Ph.D. level) and research associate (bachelor’s or master’s degree level) to join its cell metabolism team. The team uses metabolomic assays to characterize the cellular metabolisms of disease states to inform drug-discovery efforts. See the postings for more details. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • The Health Sciences Metabolomics and Lipidomics Core at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for a metabolomics research specialist to maintain the facility’s small-molecule mass spectrometry instrumentation. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and two to three years of relevant experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Emory Integrated Metabolomics and Lipidomics Core at Emory University is hiring an associate scientist who will serve as the Metabolomics Division Lead. The position will be responsible for the daily operations of the metabolomics services offered by the facility and serve as a technical expert in this area. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or M.D., or a master’s degree and five years of lab experience. No application deadline is provided.  

  • The Integrative Omics group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.) is hiring a senior informatics specialist with experience in mass-spectrometry signal processing and data interpretation as applied to proteomics and metabolomics. The specialist will lead efforts to develop advanced bioinformatic methodologies for integration into its high-throughput analysis platform for various biological applications. Preferred minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. and a background in software development, computer engineering and informatics. The application deadline is Oct. 2.

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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