Metabolomics Platform Director

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Hyde Park Campus

2010053 BSD Senior Administration

About the Unit
The Division of the Biological Sciences (BSD) is the largest operating unit of the University of Chicago. It includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, approximately 20 academic units, degree-granting committees, and research centers and institutes. BSD is located on the University's main campus in Hyde Park, ten minutes south of downtown Chicago. BSD's patient care operations are conducted primarily at the University of Chicago Hospital and clinics, which share the same campus.

Job Information

Job Summary:

  • We seek a Metabolomics Platform Director for the new Duchossois Family Institute (DFI) at the University of Chicago. The DFI seeks to accelerate research and interventions based on how the human immune system, microbiome and genetics interact to maintain health.
  • A large focus of the DFI is on advancing discovery through enabling cutting-edge technology.
  • This individual would have a leadership position within the DFI, reporting to the DFI Director, and a key role in establishing and developing the Metabolomics Platform at the University of Chicago.
  • The individual would interact with other DFI Platform Directors and University of Chicago core directors, with DFI faculty and trainees, and with staff from the Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • The successful candidate would collaborate with investigators in experimental design, development and validation of quantitative metabolite measurements as needed, and manage all aspects of the Metabolomics Platform operation.
  • The candidate should have expertise in mass spectrometry, quantitative global metabolite profiling and measurement, stable isotope tracing/metabolic flux analysis, analytical chemistry, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • This high-level staff scientist position would be ideally suited for someone who wishes to remain in academic research in a non-tenure track position and has a willingness to interact and collaborate with a broad range of colleagues.

  • Oversees all aspects of the scientific and intellectual development, management, training, and operations for the Metabolomics Platform of the DFI, reporting to the DFI Director.
  • Provide scientific expertise and leadership in performing and delivering LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, and other mass spectrometry analyses to generate quantitative global and targeted metabolomics data for a variety of research projects in collaboration with DFI investigators.
  • Work closely with and manage the Metabolomics research staff for timely completion of research studies.
  • Participates in scientific discussions and brainstorming regarding experimental design, and new technological development and innovation around research themes supported by the DFI, thereby ensuring the Metabolomics Platform remains at the leading edge to support scientific discovery.
  • Interact and collaborate with other Platform Directors, OSRF Director and OSRF core Directors, Polsky Center Staff, DFI Faculty and trainees.
  • Remains an active member of the scientific community by writing scientific articles, manuscripts, and reports for the research platform, as well as presenting research findings at scientific meetings and/or conferences.

  • Ability to analyze and understand complex issues required.
  • Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment required.
  • High degree of professionalism required.
  • Strong problem solving skills required.
  • Ability to win the trust and confidence of faculty and administrators required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • PhD required

  • Experience in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry required
  • Experience in metabolomics research required

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Research Statement

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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