The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI-MP) invites applications for a Mass Spectrometry Data Analyst position.

The position is available immediately to complement efforts in an already well-functioning and very well equipped mass spectrometry (MS) facility.

Job description:

The MPI-MP is a world-leading institution in the study of cellular organization at the chemical, molecular, and systems levels. Its four departments combine a variety of approaches, including structural, chemical, and molecular biology, high-end imaging, and mass spectrometry to gain insights into how cells perform their complex functions and how these are modulated during signalling or perturbed in disease. Besides MS, the institute runs several excellent facilities, including X-ray crystallography, high-resolution electron microscopy, NMR, and protein expression and biophysics. Mass spectrometry research at the MPI-MP is integrated in numerous scientific projects of the Departments in applications such as quantitative protein identification, chemical proteomics, and post-translational modification. The facility is equipped with one Q-Exactive HF, one Q-Exactive Plus, as well as a Synapt G2-Si mass spectrometer and includes a Senior Scientist, an engineer and a technical assistant. The basic range of activities associated with the advertised position include 1) the implementation, application, and optimization of data evaluation methods resulting from mass spectrometry-based proteomics experiments; 2) Instruction, training and support of facility users, including preparation of material to be included in scientific publications.


Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in the area of mass spectrometry data acquisition and analysis. The ideal candidate will be “hands-on” on at least one high-level programming language (Java, C#, C++), will have experience in at least one script language (e.g. Python) and in applied biostatistics (e.g. R), and knowledge in the setup of relational databases (e.g. Oracle, MySQL). The official language of the institute is English and previous knowledge of German is desirable but not expected.


We offer a full-time employment in a modern, international work environment. The position is limited for a period up to five years. Remuneration is paid in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement of the public service (TVöD Bund), taking account of your qualifications and professional experience. In addition, social benefits correspond to those of the public service.


Application should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. The application deadline is 31th October. Please send applications by email in one PDF file to Dr. Petra Janning using “Mass Spectrometry Data Analyst” as the subject. Applications should be conclusive and complete, including the earliest possible starting date.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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