Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 26 Feb 2023

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Mass Spectrometry Imaging
Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Mass Spectrometry Imaging
Published Deadline Location
10 Feb 26 Feb Maastricht

A fully funded postdoctoral position in the field of mass spectrometry imaging instrument
development is available in the research group of Dr. Ian Anthony at the Maastricht
MultiModal Molecular Imaging (M4i) Institute, embedded in the Faculty of Health, Medicine
and Life Sciences (FHML) at Maastricht University.

Job description

Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is an exciting technique that is gaining popularity in the fields of biomedicine and medical diagnostics for its ability to chemically image tissues without the use of labels. MSI produces images of the locations of biochemical compounds that can help us understand and even better diagnose diseases such as cancer. Combining MSI with immunohistochemistry (MSI-IHC) is a new and rapidly growing technique that also enables targeted imaging of proteins at high spatial resolutions and can greatly improve the quality of the images; with much higher multiplexing than for example immunofluorescence microscopy [1]. Unfortunately, typical MSI instruments are slow, limiting the throughput and field of view for MSI-IHC experiments. For example, it can take many hours or days to image 1 cm2 of tissue at a high spatial resolution. Last year, researchers at M4i developed fast mass microscopy (FMM), a technique that enables speeding up MSI more than 1,000 times — now experiments that would take a day can be done in a few minutes [2]. The development of FMM poses challenges and opens opportunities for instrument and method development, validation, and optimization. One such opportunity is pairing FMM with IHC, which has not been done yet. With FMM-IHC, researchers could feasibly image hundreds to thousands of tissues in the time it takes to image a single tissue now while providing highly relevant biological information.

This postdoctoral position will improve FMM instrumentation so that it is capable of robust, reliable, and validated use with IHC-prepared samples. In particular, you will use and develop new FMM instrument modifications, experimental procedures and instrument parameters, and possibly instrument control and data processing software for the use of IHC with FMM. This position will work within a team of dedicated researchers at the M4i Institute and collaborate with partners at Penn State and ETH Zürich. At M4i, you will have a partner postdoctoral researcher who is dedicated to improving and validating the IHC portion of FMM?IHC. In the second half of the project, you and your partner postdoctoral researcher will collaborate to conduct a large screening of many biological tissue samples to demonstrate and validate the combined FMM-IHC technology. You will present your findings at leading international conferences at least once a year and will publish in peer review journals with open access unlocked for all publications.

The postdoctoral position will be supervised by Dr. Ian Anthony and co-supervised by Dr. Sebastiaan Van Nuffel and Prof. Ron Heeren. The anticipated start date is spring 2023, but reasonable accommodations can be made for the right candidate.

The funding for this position is provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) under the project title “Fast Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Immunohistochemistry”.

[1] Bodenmiller, B. Cell Systems 2016, 2, 225-38. 10.1016/j.cels.2016.03.008

[2] Körber, A. et al. Anal Chem. 2022, 94, (42) 14652-8. 10.1021/acs.analchem.2c02870

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Maastricht View on Google Maps

Maastricht University (UM)


Skills and qualifications


  • A PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related subject
  • Proficiency in English (C1 or higher)
  • Lab experience with chemical or physics instrumentation
  • Capacity to quickly acquire new knowledge and master new skills
  • Interest and ability in hands-on research activities
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team
  • Problem solving skills and creativity
  • A desire and ability to share your research through oral and written communication
  • A publishing record with at least one first-author publication submitted

Other skills that would be helpful for the project:

  • Mass spectrometry imaging or data processing
  • Mass spectrometry instrument development, method development, or optimization
  • Instrument control systems and software
  • Ion beams and ion optics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Programming

Conditions of employment

Contract: One year with funding for extension up to one more year.

The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position can be extended for nine months on the project.

The pay is commensurate with experience and corresponds to salary scale 10 (2,960 to 4,670 EUR per month). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website  > About UM > Working at UM .

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Additional information

For more information regarding this vacancy, you can contact:
Dr. Ian Anthony ( )

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Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, an up-to-date CV, copies of their tertiary degrees and the contact details of at least two references. Candidates should submit an application by 26 February 2023, through Academic Transfer. Please mention also the vacancy number/job number (AT2023.80) and the project name in your application. Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

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