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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research Mass Spectrometry (MS) Coordinator in Olsen Group

Advanced mass spectrometry-based proteomics is a key technology to The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) at the University of Copenhagen. A new position is offered to support, develop, apply and maintain the mass spectrometry equipment at the Mass Spectrometry for Quantitative Proteomics group for mass CPR. 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. Read about CPR at  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 centre 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) support and expertise to maintain and develop the MS capabilities and the associated IT and computational infrastructure at the highest international level. The Olsen Group currently maintain three high-end UHPLC-MS instruments, which 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 Vice Director of CPR, Professor Jesper Velgaard Olsen, who can prioritize among the listed tasks when necessary.  
Main tasks 
• Coordinate mass spectrometric and raw data analysis of proteomics samples within in the Olsen group. 
• In-charge of sample and data analysis of Olsen Group’s part of the FET-OPEN Horizon 2020 MSmed project and coordination with collaboration partners within the project. 
• Work hands-on with advanced orbitrap mass spectrometers coupled to upstream peptide separation by liquid chromatography.  
• Develop and maintain IT-infrastructure for performance assessment of mass spectrometric equipment for Group’s internal, national and international research projects. 
• Train and assist individual users when analysing samples, troubleshooting and weekly MS maintenance.  
• Quality control, maintenance and support of mass spectrometric IT-systems, including:  
         o Configuration and implementation of mass spectrometric software solutions and corresponding
            operating systems  
         o Planning and implementation of security measures for storage and backup procedures of mass
            spectrometric data  
         o Administration and maintenance of workstations for processing of mass spectrometric data  
         o Administration of license-, support- and service agreements related to mass spectrometric software
• Olsen Group Liaison Officer to the proteomics platform for all MS and UHPLC services and repair. 
• Maintain and develop highly sensitive mass spectrometric equipment including beta-testing new software and instrumentation. This includes trouble-shooting, refurbishing, ordering and changing instrumental components such as electronic boards and critical mechanical parts of the instrument.  
• Optimize and benchmark instrument parameters for best practice operation within the Olsen Group. 
• We expect candidates with various educational background, and the practical and technical experience will be one of the main criteria  
• Several years of experience with providing excellent technical support in mass spectrometry-based proteomics techniques and the associated software tools. 
• Certified Q-Exactive orbitrap training course for customer engineers will be a distinct advantage.  
• Detailed knowledge and knowhow about maintaining and troubleshooting orbitrap mass spectrometric instrumentation  
• Service-minded and team-player  
• Willingness to support multiple projects and interact with scientists throughout the Olsen Group and international collaboration partners.  
• Communication skills, fluent in English language.
Employment conditions for Mass Spectrometry Specialist 
The position as Mass Spectrometry Specialist will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and PROSA (association for organized IT Professionals) in salary group 3. To the salary is added a monthly contribution to a pension fund according to the collective agreement, and a supplement could be negotiated, dependent on the candidate’s experiences and qualifications. In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus we encourage all – regardless of their personal background and status - to apply. Informal enquiries about both positions can be addressed to Vice Director and Professor Jesper Velgaard Olsen;  
To apply 
Your application must be submitted in English via  or by clicking “Apply now”. Online applications must include: 
• motivated application  
• curriculum vitae  
• copy of relevant diplomas  
The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in the position to apply. 
The closing date for applications is 23.59 pm, 23 August, 2017.  

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.


Jesper Velgaard Olsen


Application deadline: 23-08-2017
Employment start: 01-12-2017
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

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