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Facility manager in mass spectroscopy and chromatography

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering a full-time time 3-year position as facility manager of our LC/GC/MS metabolomics platform starting 1 June 2017. The facility manager is expected to head the metabolomics unit that will be embedded in the new laboratories of the Copenhagen Plant Science Center.

Description of the scientific environment
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences is a large department (>400 employees) dedicated to plant, microbial, and environmental sciences (

The position is affiliated with the Section for Molecular Plant Biology ( and Section for Plant Biochemistry ( The Sections are part of the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (

Job description
The aim of the position is to strengthen our newly established user-paid metabolomics platform within plant metabolite profiling with special focus on specialized metabolites.  The facility manager will be in charge of running and advancing our key metabolomics platform at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. 

The unit encompasses state-of-the-art equipment within LC-MS and GC-MS including three LC-MS'es (one single-quadrupole, a triple-quad and an ion-trap-MS), five HPLCs (of which one is preparative) and three GC-MS systems ( Advising the users, development of methods, analysis of samples, managing booking and payments systems, as well as maintenance of current and to be acquired mass spectroscopy and chromatography equipment is the major task within the position. Currently a research assistant is hired on the platform and the facility manager will be responsible for the daily management of the research assistant.

We offer a stimulating highly international research environment. The facility manager is required to interact and collaborate with scientists at all levels (PhD students, postdocs, professors), and will be an integrated and important part of many of the research projects at the department. If you enjoy being at the forefront of research within chromatography and mass spectroscopy and thrive through working on diverse projects, we have a challenging and exciting position to offer. 

In connection with the appointment to the position special emphasis will be given to the applicant’s professional and personal skills as stated below:
  • Strong theoretical and practical competences within analytical chemistry and especially mass spectroscopy and chromatography.
  • Have strong hands-on experience within chromatography and mass spectroscopy of small molecules.
  • Enjoy practical work with hardware and software related to analytical chemistry.
  • Possess excellent analytical capabilities.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Able to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.
  • Holding a relevant PhD degree would be advantageous, but not a requirement.
Terms of employment
Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Employment will be as senior consultant.

A supplement can be negotiated, depending on experience and qualifications.

For further information about the post, please contact Professor Poul Erik Jensen on tel. (+45) 6134 4637,, or Professor Søren Bak on tel. (+45) 3533 3346,

The application must be submitted electronically. Read on a description of how to submit electronically. Each application must include the following appendices marked with the stated appendix numbers:

Appendix 1:   curriculum vitae with documentation of education

Appendix 2:   a complete list of publications

Appendix 3:   a resume of relevant research experience which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment

Appendix 4:   documentation of additional research qualifications.

 Please send your application through jobportalen (apply by pressing "apply now" below).

Application deadline: 11 April 2017.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview end of April. You can expect an answer in the beginning of May.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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.


Poul Erik Jensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 11-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-06-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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