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Director of the Washington University Mass Spectrometry Center

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (WUSM) seeks an impactful scientist and leader to serve as the Founding Director of the Washington University Mass Spectrometry Center, with a faculty appointment in an appropriate department.  The incoming Director will have the singular opportunity to design, realize, and lead a mass spectrometry center for service, collaboration, and training at the School of Medicine, which currently ranks fourth in the nation in NIH funding. 

In 2021, WUSM will open a new facility for Mass Spectrometry Research. The Center is being constructed in space contiguous to the McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) and Informatics Institute.  This adjacency will facilitate novel combinations of proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics with established genomic efforts, genome engineering, high throughput cellular imaging, as well as the large computational efforts at both Institutes, thus empowering interdisciplinary multi-OMIC sciences at WUSM.  The Mass Spectrometry center will provide 8000 square feet of space for 12-16 new instruments, and associated spaces for sample preparation, computational analysis, and training.  A central mission of the Center will be training our students, postdocs and fellows in mass spectrometry theory, sample preparation, practical experimental procedures, data analysis, quantification, and visualization. 

The Director will be entrusted with the Center’s mission – to empower the WUSM scientific community with cutting-edge mass spectrometry approaches and expertise to interrogate the proteome, lipidome and metabolome.  Leveraging new state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation, the Director and team will provide expertise encompassing sample preparation, instrument operation, data analysis, collaboration, and teaching.  Over the coming year, the Director will lead the design and realization of the center.  She or he will recruit and mentor an increasingly distinguished and diverse staff of scientists and informaticians.  With support from the advisory board and the MGI administrative team, the Director will manage capital investment funds and center revenue for instrumentation purchases and maintenance, personnel recruitment and future growth.  The Director will create and support a vision for this interactive, technology-forward, innovative and supportive center for mass spectrometry.  In doing so, the Director will engage collaboratively with other Center Directors and investigators to help WUSM become a leader in mass spectrometry.

A PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science or related field is required.  The Director will bring a minimum of 10 years of experience in mass spectrometry and will have demonstrated strong interpersonal skills that empower leadership and mentorship.  The successful applicant will bring expertise in instrumentation operation, maintenance, repair and method development.  Moreover, the Director will be proficient in the full suite of mass spectrometry data analysis platforms for research in proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics.  The successful candidate is expected to have demonstrated success in project design and consultation for collaborators, teaching practical interpretation of mass spectrometry datasets, effectively communicating project progress, writing technical summaries, preparing presentations, and participating in publications and grant writing. 

Aleatha Harris



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Washington University seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty; women, minorities, protected veterans and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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