Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Mass Spectrometrist)

Babraham Institute

The Babraham Institute is a charity which is world renowned for its research in life sciences to enhance lives and improve wellbeing.

A 3-year post-doctoral position is available immediately in Professor Michael Wakelam’s laboratory funded by a 10 centre collaborative Horizon2020 grant that aims to address the mechanisms underlying hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

The work in the Wakelam-lab will address the importance of lipid changes and lipid signals using mass spectrometry to determine lipid composition and changes aiming to define an HCC lipidome, in addition lipidomics will be adopted in a search for HCC biomarkers. The lipid signalling work will have a particular focus upon autotaxin and lysophosphatidic acid signalling.

We are looking for an experienced mass spectrometrist, ideally with some background in lipidomics who also has an interest in the biology of lipid signalling. The Babraham Institute is well equipped with lipidomics-dedicated LC-MS equipment and also benefits from extensive bioinformatics support.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to play a role in the ongoing developments in lipidomics at the Institute.

Applicants will have a PhD in an appropriate subject and have experience in separating and analysing small molecules by mass spectrometry. Experience in lipidomics and an understanding of lipid metabolism and signalling is highly desirable.

The position is available for three years in the first instance with immediate start.

Further information about the Institute can be found on our website.

Application forms and further details are available electronically (, or e-mail:

On applying please quote reference MC-MW-SIG 

Closing date for completed applications is Thursday, 8 December 2016.

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The Babraham Institute receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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