Senior Analytical Chemist/Platform Manager in mass spectroscopy and chromatography – LC-MS and GC-MS

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 22 Aug 2021


The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Copenhagen is recruiting a Senior Analytical Chemist to head the LC-MS and GC-MS metabolomics platform embedded in the section for Plant Biochemistry. The position is full-time and is offered for three years (with possibility for extension) starting 01 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences is a large department (>450 employees) dedicated to plant, microbial, and environmental sciences ( ).

The position is affiliated with the Section for Plant Biochemistry (PBIO), which hosts ca. 70 employees divided into 8 research groups ( ).

Job description

If you enjoy being at the forefront of research in chromatography and mass spectrometry, and thrive on supporting diverse projects, we have a challenging and exciting position to offer. 

The aim of the position is to manage and strengthen the user-paid metabolomics platform at PBIO, which focuses on plant specialized metabolite profiling. The Senior Analytical Chemist will be in charge of running and developing the platform, assisted by a dedicated experienced full-time metabolomics technician.                                            

The unit encompasses state-of-the-art equipment within LC-MS and GC-MS, including three LC-MS instruments (two qTOF-and one ion-trap-MS) and six GC systems, see more here:

Platform Plant Biochemistry facilities_opslag.pptx (

Together with the technician, the Senior Analytical Chemist will advise and train the users advise and train the users on their analytical chemistry needs, assist in developing methods, analyze samples, manage booking and payment systems, as well as maintain current and future mass spectroscopy and chromatography equipment. The Senior Analytical Chemist will be responsible for the economy of the platform and the daily management of the staff allocated to the platform by the head of section.

We offer a stimulating and highly international research environment. The Senior Analytical Chemist will support, interact and collaborate with scientists at all levels (PhD students, postdocs, and professors at all levels). In addition, the Senior Analytical Chemist is expected to interact with other related analytical platforms at the department and across departments to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborations at all levels.


In connection with the appointment to the position, special emphasis will be given to the applicant’s professional and personal skills, as stated below:

  • Strong theoretical competences in analytical chemistry, especially mass spectroscopy and chromatography.
  • Strong hands-on experience in chromatography and mass spectroscopy of small molecules from complex plant samples.
  • Hands-on experience with hardware and software related to analytical chemistry.
  • Interest in keeping up to date with the newest developments in analytical chemistry instrumentation
  • Advanced analytical capabilities and problem-solving mind-set.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude towards interacting with a diverse, multi-cultural user group.
  • Ability to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.
  • Managerial experience is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants holding a relevant degree (MS or PhD or equivalent) are preferred.
  • English language proficiency

Terms of employment

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) as an Academic employee or special consultant depending on your qualifications.


For further information about the post, please contact Professor Søren Bak on tel. (+45) 3533 3346, .


The application must be submitted electronically. Read on a description of how to submit electronically.

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Application deadline: 22 August 2021.

Selected candidates will receive an interview invitation during week 34 (Aug 23-27). The interviews will take place during week 36 (Sept 06-10).

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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.

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