Rosalind Franklin Institute

PDRA in Atmospheric Pressure Ionization Mass Spectrometry (10309)

Rosalind Franklin Institute

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a national research centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology. The Biological Mass Spectrometry theme focuses on the development of new instrumentation for mass spectrometric imaging (MSI) allowing the visualisation of molecular distributions at subcellular level and the de-novo structure elucidation of chemical species detected by MSI techniques. The ultimate goal of the Theme is to understand the working mechanism of molecular interaction networks in health and disease and define novel diagnostic and prognostic targets for next generation healthcare.

The project will focus on the development of a novel atmospheric pressure ion sources for high-sensitivity and high-resolution mass spectrometry imaging of biological samples. This will potentially include desorption electrospray ionization (DESI), nano-DESI and laser desorption ionization (LDI). In addition to these primary desorption ionization methods, the ion source will incorporate various post-ionisation modules including, but not limited to, photo-ionisation, solvent-assisted heated impactor, and low-temperature plasma. A suitable stage and atmospheric interface will be designed to efficiently transport generated ions into the mass spectrometer and allow for coupling to Bruker, Thermo and Waters MS instrumentation.

The project will be hosted in the new Rosalind Franklin Institute facilities at Harwell but will also involve working with collaborator laboratories at Imperial College London. The post reports to the Franklin’s Theme Leads for Biological Mass Spectrometry and will also work with MS leads of the Franklin Member Institutions.

While this is a post-doctoral research associate role, we may be able to consider senior post-doctoral research associates, depending on their skills and experience.

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About us: The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology.

Location: The Franklin is based in Harwell Campus, UK’s innovation hub and well-established as one of the leading science and innovation campuses in Europe. 

The Franklin’s underlying aim is to produce the best science for research today, and this means resolutely embracing a diverse team, who have a wide range of experiences, skills, and knowledge to push forward on the innovative work our institution delivers. Both our work and our institution are better for it. For further information, view our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

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Closing date for applications is Tuesday 2nd January 2024; however, we reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier if we find the right candidate.

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