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Research Fellow in FTICR mass spectrometry (100316-088)

University of Warwick - Department of Chemistry

Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 9th September 2018
Job Ref: 1747257

Fixed Term Position for 2 years.

This project is a 2 year PhD-level project to implement Ultraviolet Photodissociation (UVPD) on FTICR mass spectrometers. We have purchased two ultraviolet lasers (a 193 nm Excimer, and a 213/266 nm Nd:YAG) and are in the process of installing them and testing them. We also have an infrared CO2 laser for Infrared Multiphoton Photodissociation (IRMPD), an Nd:YAG pumped UV OPO laser (for UV-photodissociation spectroscopy), and an alignment diode laser integrated into the IRMPD laser. All of these lasers are to be mounted in a laser enclosure (already built) and integrated into the lab’s laser safety interlock system (to be done). The lasers will be used initially on a custom built 12T FTICR mass spectrometer, and will also be implemented for use on the 12T SolariX FTICR mass spectrometer. The main goal will be to 1) get UVPD working with both lasers, 2) get combined IRMPD/UVPD experiments working, 3) get ECD/IRMPD/UVPD experiments working, and most importantly 4) get the 2-dimensional mass spectrometry experiment working with UVPD.

The key important skills will be:

Understanding of laser alignment techniques, understanding of FTICR mass spectrometers and tandem mass spectrometry experiments on FTICR mass spectrometers, and understanding and experience with 2-dimensional mass spectrometry (2DMS) experiments. Additionally, the successful candidate will be skilled at publication of these results in patents and manuscripts, presentation of group-meeting scientific lectures, and will be expected to attend conferences and present posters and/or talks discussing the research.

Additionally, as this project is part of a Horizon 2020 Networking grant, this person will be expected to engage in FTICR teaching, collaboration, and networking throughout the European Union H2020 FT-ICR-MS network.

Finally, the successful candidate will help Prof. O'Connor with teaching of mass spectrometry to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Help Prof. O'Connor with writing and reviewing grant proposals and manuscripts. Supervise research students and engage in outreach activities.

Skills/Experience required:

PhD (either already obtained or imminent), photodissociation tandem mass spectrometry experience, FTICR mass spectrometry experience, and 2-dimensional mass spectrometry experience.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799).

Interview Dates: 2-4 weeks after closing date.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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