Industry jobs in mass spectrometry and proteomics

7/19/2019 11:40:57 AM

In the introductory post of our job-search strategy series, we emphasized the need to take a multifaceted approach to finding career opportunities. That post outlines various components of a comprehensive strategy and includes an extensive listing of job boards.

Another tactic is to research the key players who are active within a specific research landscape you’re interested in being a part of. One good way to find industry key players is to look at the list of sponsors for research conferences and other events. This information typically can be found on the meeting website, program or other promotional materials. 

Conferences that are more specialized and focus on niche scientific topics are especially useful for this purpose. Those companies that have decided to sponsor such an event have done so because they have a vested interest in that area, whether it be to market relevant products to attendees or find research collaborators for future projects.

As a prime example, take the ASBMB’s upcoming 13th International Symposium on Mass Spectrometry in the Health and Life Sciences: Molecular and Cellular Proteomics to be held Aug. 18–22 in San Francisco. It will provide a forum to learn about innovative advances in mass-spectrometric technologies and applications for cell biology and medicine, with a focus on protein biology and proteomics. (Note: You still have time to register online for the symposium by Aug. 1. There is a reduced trainee registration rate for graduate students and postdocs.)  

Symposium sponsors include the ASBMB journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and multiple companies at the forefront of advancing MS instrumentation, software and related applications. For this week’s job roundup, we took a look at the career sites for each of the industry sponsors to see what types of jobs are available. We found lots of openings across sales, customer support and service, and R&D departments. Where possible, we looked for jobs specifically related to proteomics to narrow down the scope of searches at the larger companies.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • Bruker is a global manufacturer of analytical instruments that includes mass-spectrometry and separations technologies. The mass-spectrometry division is referred to as Bruker Daltonics and the primary office is located in Billerica, Mass. This location has a job opening for an application scientist in polymer and industrial chemical analysis. Responsibilities include pre-sales technical support with customer samples, product demonstrations and developing new applications. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in chemistry or analytical science (or an equivalent level of experience in industry) and extensive experience with LC/GC-MS instrumentation and MALDI, DART and ESI ionization techniques. No application deadline is provided.  
  • SCIEX specializes in mass-spectrometry technologies and solutions for a range of research and clinical-diagnostic markets and is headquartered in Framingham, Mass. It is part of the Danaher’s portfolio of science and technology companies that includes Beckman Coulter and Leica Biosystems. Current openings with the company include field-service engineers (multiple locations), production and quality assurance scientists at its manufacturing site (Carlsbad, Calif.), and a market-development manager (Boston). All positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and varying levels of related experience. See the job postings for more details. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • Evosep is a Denmark-based company that focuses on developing instrumentation and applications for clinical proteomics. Currently, the company is looking to bring onboard a product specialist who will based in North America and work remotely. In this role, the incumbent will provide customers with application support and serve as a technical expert for the sales team. Minimum qualifications include a scientific degree in the analytical sciences, biochemistry or a related field and at least three years of experience with LC-MS instrumentation for proteomics. No application deadline is provided.  
  • PreOmics is a startup based in Munich, Germany, that provides sample-preparation technologies for mass spectrometry-based protein analyses. The company has an opening for a technical/scientific sales specialist to be located in the Boston or San Francisco Bay Area. This position involves sales and outreach to customers through scientific presentations and product demonstrations at conferences and in other settings. Minimum qualifications include experience with MS-based proteomics and protein-analysis applications and strong communication skills. No application deadline is provided.  
  • Bioinformatics Solutions Inc. (BSI) is a company based in Waterloo, Canada, that develops software applications for LC-MS/MS-based analyses of proteins and antibodies. BSI has a number of openings listed to join both its sales and software-development teams. All positions are located at the company headquarters. See the job postings for more details. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a range of instrumentation, products and services in proteomics and protein mass-spectrometry solutions. As a large, global company with multiple brands and 70,000 employees, there are always lots of positions at any given time on its job board. In searching the career site for proteomics jobs within the U.S., there are at least five field- or lab-based application (development) scientist positions listed. Minimum qualifications vary by position but general preference is for a scientist with an advanced degree and solid experience with the MS instrumentation outlined in the advertisement. See the job postings for more information. No application deadlines are provided.     
  • Waters Corporation is a global company that designs, manufactures, sells and services analytical technologies in liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis. A search of the job board for the keyword proteomics resulted in two current openings. One is for a principal scientist to design new instrumentation and requires at least a master’s degree in physics, chemistry or engineering and five year of related experience. The other position is a market-development manager for its biomedical-research segment and requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and five years of research experience. Both positions are located at the company’s headquarters in Milford, Mass.  

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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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The summer sci-comm job scoop

7/12/2019 10:49:27 AM

The summer-recreation season is in full swing, as vacationers flock to beaches to bake in the sun and dip their toes in the waters to cool off. Warmer weather also means that environmental issues like water pollution can be more visible and even put a damper on the best of summer plans.  

As an example, the state of Mississippi recently closed all of its public beaches on the Gulf of Mexico because of the human-health threat from toxic cyanobacterial (aka blue-green algal) blooms. These blooms often are the result of an influx of nutrients (i.e., nitrogen, phosphorous) from agricultural and urban runoff waters that funnel into the Mississippi River basin and drain into the Gulf. All of this eutrophication kills off aquatic life, creates human-health risks and wreaks havoc on the local economy (i.e., lost tourism and commercial fisheries revenues).    

Such events also present a good opportunity to educate the public on environmental and human-health issues by telling science stories that are relatable and show the real impact on everyday lives. Science-trained communicators are needed across media outlets, research organizations and nonprofits to translate the science behind pressing societal concerns to gain public support for creating solutions and impact future behaviors to mitigate these issues.  

This week’s job roundup features sci-comm positions open in media relations and science reporting. If you’re just getting started in science communications, there are some sample internship and fellowship programs listed below.

Also, check out these careers blog posts on building a portfolio career in science communications and sci-art careers for even more beginner tips. Another good way to add to your science-writing portfolio is to contribute to the award-winning ASBMB Today magazine. There are open calls for submissions in several categories right now.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (Washington, D.C.) has an opening for a one-year, paid media intern position. The intern will work on media relations to promote the organization’s policy work to create science-based solutions that protect health, safety and the environment. Minimum qualifications include general communication skills and interest in science, the environment and media issues. The application deadline is July 14 or until the position is filled.  
  • The environmental-news outlet Grist is accepting applications for its news and politics fellowship program. Topical areas of news coverage include climate, politics, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice and a carbon-free economy. The paid program is open to early-career journalists, reporters and editors. Fellows can choose to work out of the Seattle office or remotely and must make a six-month commitment. The application deadline is July 22 for the fall cohort.  
  • The digital media company Axios (Arlington, Va., or remote) is hiring a science reporter to produce its weekly science newsletter and work on daily science coverage. The Axios science section covers a number of topics related to science and society from space news to environmental and biomedical health stories. Minimum qualifications include the ability to write, edit and report on science stories. No application deadline is provided.  
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland) is seeking a science writer/content producer to join its science and environment team. The science writer will develop digital, broadcast and social-media content at the intersection of science and culture across the Pacific Northwest. Topics may include technology, engineering, biomedical, astrophysics, genetics, chemistry, earth sciences and the environment. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, skills in visual-storytelling methods, and three years of journalism-related experience. The application deadline is Aug. 16.  
  • The Maryland Sea Grant program, located within the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, is hiring a science writer/editor to join the communications team. The program’s mission is to advance public understanding and management of Maryland’s natural resources. The science writer will have primary responsibilities for writing science narratives and technical content for various publications. Topics may include ecosystem dynamics, pollution reduction, aquaculture, fisheries management and climate-change adaptation. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and preferred is two years of writing experience. No application deadline is provided. 

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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Biomedical research jobs in observance of National HIV Testing Day

6/27/2019 12:42:13 PM

Today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing as a routine healthcare practice. In the U.S., nearly one in seven of the 1.1 million people infected with the virus aren’t even aware of their status. Plus, it is estimated that 40 percent of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who don’t know they have it. Early testing can lead to better health outcomes for patients and reduced transmission of the virus.  

For a personal take on why early HIV testing matters, read the commentary on the associated ASBMB health observance webpage penned by Communications Director Angela Hopp. Additionally, science writer Jonathan Griffin has curated a collection of recent HIV research news there as well.  

We all can play a role in spreading awareness by reminding friends and families to get tested, sharing out information on social media and advocating for continued HIV research funding. Here, at the careers blog, we are observing this day by bringing you a roundup of recent biomedical research jobs focused on HIV diagnostics, prevention and treatment.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The Clinical Pharmacology Analytical Laboratory within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is hiring for both a research specialist and research technologist. The lab specializes in the quantification of small molecules, which includes anti-infectives in biological specimens, using liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) analyses. It serves as a testing site for the HIV Prevention Trials Network. Both positions require a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemistry, molecular biology or a comparable biological or physical-science area, with the specialist position requiring two years of previous lab experience. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (aka HJF) is seeking a research assistant to support the Military HIV Research Program located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md. The research will focus on the analysis of both HIV vaccine-elicited immune and neutralizing-antibody responses. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline and up to two years of lab experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Duke Human Vaccine Institute located within the Duke University School of Medicine is on a hiring spree with at least 24 vacant positions currently listed on the university’s job board. The institute conducts R&D, clinical trials and manufacturing of vaccines and therapeutics for HIV and other emerging pathogens. The positions include functions related to laboratory research, clinical-research trials, manufacturing/process development, data management, program management, and grants and contracts administration. There are openings available for bachelor’s to Ph.D.-level scientists. Check out the listings for more info.  
  • The Structural Bioinformatics Core Section within the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Bethesda, Md.) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to develop new methods for computational vaccine and antibody design against HIV and other viruses. See the posting for details on qualifications. The application deadline is July 1.  
  • The Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Bethesda, Md.) has an open call for postdoctoral research fellows to study fundamental aspects of viral biology for a range of human viruses like HIV. See the LVD website for more information on research areas and a list of PIs. Applications must be tailored toward a specific PI and submitted to a general email inbox listed in the advertisement. More details on qualifications and application materials are provided in the posting.  
  • The Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens within the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University has a tenure-track faculty opening at the assistant or associate professor level. The center is specifically recruiting candidates with expertise in tuberculosis or tuberculosis and HIV research areas. See the listing for more details. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences is hiring a research scientist to design biomarker and diagnostic strategies in support of the HIV Cure Program at its Seattle location. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in immunology, virology or a similar field and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience. No application deadline is provided.

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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