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1 technical support scientist with experience in ICP‐MS

For its expansion, the Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry in the Biology Centre of the Academy of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic, searches candidates for 1 technical support scientist with experience in ICP‐MS

Position summary
We are looking for a person who wants to join the department long‐term and who will be responsible for reliable and efficient operation of the ultratrace analysis facility under supervision of the department. The support scientist will measure samples of various origins by GF‐AAS and sector field ICP‐MS, often coupled to liquid chromatography with additional diode array UV/VIS detection. Furthermore, the tasks include sample preparation for the measurements, as well as quantification of the measurements incl. validation. As an outcome of this kind of work, the support scientist will also become an author on publications where these measurements contributed an important part. Finally, the job also includes maintenance of the instruments for all tasks that do not strictly need maintenance by specialists from the manufacturer.

Workplace
The Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry (PBB, headed by Prof. Hendrik Küpper) as part of the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) within the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (BCAS). The department was recently awarded a 4.9 Mio € grant from the Czech Ministry of Education with co‐financing from the EU, which now allows for its expansion incl. additional team members and further high‐end research instruments (e.g. ICP‐sfMS, μXRF). The department is interested in the physiology, biophysics and biochemistry (incl. molecular biology) of photosynthetic organisms (terrestrial and submerged higher plants, algae, bacteria). The main focus is on metal metabolism (uptake, physiological use, sequestration, complexation, detoxification, toxicity) and photosynthesis regulation. It employs various biochemical and biophysical methods from the whole organism to the molecular level.

Further details: (a) BCAS: http://www.bc.cas.cz/en/ (b) IPMB: http://www.umbr.cas.cz/,
(c) PBB: http://www.umbr.cas.cz/~kupper/AG_Kuepper_Homepage.html
Conditions of contract Employment can start on 1 May 2017, or later depending on mutual agreement. The contract will be initially for one year (with 3‐month probation period). Afterwards, the contract may be extended long‐term. Wage will be internationally competitive, the exact level will depend on the qualification of the candidate.

Qualification
Candidates must have successfully obtained at least a MSc degree or equivalent and have at least 3 years of professional experience since then, or a PhD/doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. The person to be hired on this post should have a strong background in bioanalytical chemistry incl. handling and validation (incl. all necessary statistics) of data from quantitative analyses. Experience in elemental analysis techniques with particular emphasis on ICP‐MS is required, additional experience in high‐performance liquid chromatography of proteins and ideally also GF‐AAS would be a strong plus. Experience in maintenance of such instruments is highly desirable, strong experience in expert‐level handling of delicate high‐performance research instruments is a must. Ideally, the candidate should have previous experience in plant sciences, and an interest in environmental and/or agricultural questions and problems would be a further benefit, because many future users of the facility will likely be interested in such questions. This person needs to speak, read and write fluent English because of the international nature of the department.

How to apply
Interested candidates should apply no later than 28 February 2017, by submitting the following documents and information as one complete pdf file to hendrik.kuepper@umbr.cas.cz:
‐ A cover letter (max. 1000 words) explaining why the candidate believes to be suitable for this post
‐ A detailed CV including lists of publications, other achievements and previous professional experience
‐ Academic transcripts and diplomas (scanned copies)
‐ A list of minimally two referees whom we may ask by telephone or e‐mail before or after the interview.

Evaluation procedure and Announcement of results
The evaluation committee will invite (min. 1 week in advance) shortlisted candidates for an interview to be held as a Skype videoconference in March 2017, and candidates will be informed of the results after max. 1 week.

Location: 
Department of Plant Biophysics and Biochemistry in the Biology Centre of the Academy of Science, CZ
Deadline: 
28/02/2017

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