Instrumentation Manager (Mass Spectrometry)

Instrumentation Manager (Mass Spectrometry)

We are seeking to hire an instrumentation lab manager with expertise in mass spectrometry.  This is a full-time position (renewable annually) with full benefits.

In 2017, WFU will begin offering a new interdisciplinary degree program (B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery) and anticipates offering new degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Engineering that will be housed at a new state-of-the-art 120,000-sq.ft. facility in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter IQ ( in downtown Winston-Salem, one of the fastest-growing urban technology innovation districts in the United States.  This position will provide support for that location, as well as for facilities maintained by the Chemistry department on the main (Reynolda) campus.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Chemistry. The candidate is expected to have a deep understanding in the proper acquisition of more complex MS experiments.  A proven track record in processing MSn data and extraction of complex relationships within data sets is desired. The position requires managing the shared departmental MS resources, providing MS training to undergraduate and graduate students and collaborating closely with faculty and research groups on MS data collection and analysis.  There will also be an opportunity to teach one class per academic year in general, organic, biochemistry or analytical chemistry (or other areas according to their expertise).

Knowledge, Skills, Ability

On a daily basis you will train new users in advanced mass spectrometry experiments in the area of protein/DNA modifications and metabolomics acquisition and processing.  Expertise should range from working with small organics (GC and LC) to protein digests. Candidates should be able to use advanced processing software such as Mass Hunter, Proteome Discover, Xcalibur, ChemStation, OpenLabs.  Background and experience with informatics software would be highly beneficial.  A portion of the job will require using and training students on modern chemical instrumentation (NMR, IR, GC-MS, HPLC, UV-Vis, etc.).  One needs the ability to clearly communicate (oral and written) to help write peer reviewed articles and teach.  Designing and delivering course materials for undergraduate or graduate instruction, and to evaluate student performance will be required.  Serving as a resource for members of a research team involving faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and other scientists will comprise a large portion of responsibilities.  Knowledge of current developments in the chemistry literature appropriate to the field of research will be beneficial.  Ideally, candidates should have experience with Agilent GC-MS and LC-MS, Bruker LC-MS, and Thermo Scientific Orbitrap LC-MS systems.  Performing routine maintenance/troubleshooting and keeping an operational lab will be a high priority.  The ability to work effectively with a diverse user group is essential, as is the ability to provide one-on-one and small-group instruction.

Wake Forest is a private collegiate university that balances the personal attention of a liberal arts education with the intellectual vitality and broad opportunities of a research university. Outstanding opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration exist with numerous WFU Centers ( and the WFU School of Medicine ( ).  At the heart of Wake Forest’s educational programs is the teacher-scholar ideal. For quick facts about the University, go to

Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: with a cover letter, CV, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts as well as the names and contact information of 3 references. Please note materials should be in either Word or PDF format and there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant.

Or by mail to: Chair of the IQ Instrumentation Manager Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Wake Forest University, PO Box 7486, Winston-Salem, NC  27109; or by email to:  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016 with a preferred position start date of December 1, 2016.