Post-doctoral Researcher in Metabolomics



Post-doctoral Researcher in Metabolomics

Deadline: 1. March 2018

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The Research Unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry / GEOMAR Centre for Marine Biotechnology at GEOMAR is offering a position for a

Post-doctoral Researcher in Metabolomics

starting on 1st April 2018.

Job Description:
Metabolomics has become an indispensable tool in natural product research for dereplication, chemical profiling and biological activity assessments of small molecule natural compounds. Comparative metabolomics is a powerful technique also in chemical ecology for analysis of the impact of fluctuations in marine habitats. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced candidate with demonstrated expertise in metabolomics coupled with intensive statistical analysis of natural products found in marine macro- and microorganisms. The holder of this post will use predominantly LC-MS-based secondary metabolomics methodologies (mostly non-targeted, comparative metabolomics) in the fields of marine natural product drug discovery and marine chemical ecology. Previous post-doctoral experience in metabolomics tools and statistical analyses is highly desired.
The holder of the post will participate in several on-going projects on marine invertebrates, marine plants and microorganisms. Interactions across a broad range of scientific disciplines with other research groups at GEOMAR, Kiel University and external collaborators will be expected. The successful candidate will be involved in new method development/validation, supervision of postgraduate/undergraduate students and preparations of third-party funding proposals.
Candidates with strong track records of accomplishment in terrestrial plant, terrestrial microbe secondary metabolomics are highly encouraged to apply, provided they have sufficient skills and experience.

The research unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry is equipped with state-of-the-art chemical facilities including UPLC-QTOF-MS-coupled with DESI Imaging Mass Spectrometry, HPLC-DAD-MS, HPLC-HRMS, GC-MS, accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) system, FT-IR, polarimeter and related databases, as well as microbiology/biotechnology facilities and over 50 in vitro biological assays. GEOMAR has full access to high-resolution (cryo-) NMR facilities at the Chemistry Department of Kiel University. We are members of several excellence clusters, such as The Future Ocean, and several EU research consortia.

Qualifications required:
•  A diploma and a strong PhD on metabolomics of natural products or a related field
• High competence and preferably several years of post-doctoral expertise in LC-MS-based metabolomics
• Proficiency in bioinformatics, databases and MS platforms, big data management
• High competence in in depth statistical analyses (PCA/multivariate analyses) and cheminformatics
• Previous experience in downstream chemical work (natural product fractionation, isolation by chromatography and structure elucidation by NMR, MS etc)
• Experience in writing publications, conference papers and research proposals
• Fluency in spoken and written English and excellent oral and written communication skills
• Planning and organisational skills, prioritisation of multiple tasks, meeting strict deadlines Demonstrated project and laboratory management skills in multiple tasks
• Independency, creative- and critical thinking, self-motivation and curiosity.

Hands-on experience on molecular networking, imaging mass spectrometry and metabolomics of multiple classes of secondary metabolites is highly advantageous. Previous exposure to NMR- and/or GC-MS-based metabolomics is desired.

The position is available for a funding period of two years, starting 1st March 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees.  This is a full-time position. The position can be split, flexible working times are possible. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

Working language in the group is English.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.
GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process

Please send your applications containing 1. Your CV, 2. Contact information for three references, 3. A cover letter explaining interest in the position and career goals, no later than 1st March 2018 by e-mail in a single pdf-file to : Bewerbung(at) .

Please put keyword „Metabolomics-MN-Tasdemir“ in subject line of e-mail when submitting application.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „Metabolomics-MN-Tasdemir“
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir by email (dtasdemir(at) and/or visit our website (

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at) . In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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