Research Associate II – Metabolomics

Buck Institute for Research on Aging

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We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Research Associate II to join our metabolomics core facility. As a Research Associate II, you will play a critical role in advancing our metabolomics research efforts through expert analytical and data analysis skills. The ideal candidate should have a background in metabolomics techniques, laboratory experience, and data analysis knowledge. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.


  • Perform sample preparation, extraction, and analysis using a variety of metabolomics mass spectrometric instruments.
  • Develop and optimize metabolomics workflows to improve sensitivity, reproducibility, and throughput while adhering to quality standards.
  • Collect, process data generated from metabolomics experiments, ensuring accuracy, reliability, and consistency.
  • With help and supervision of other MS Core scientists, utilize statistical and computational tools to perform data analysis, including multivariate analysis, pathway analysis, and statistical modeling.
  • Generate comprehensive reports, figures, and presentations summarizing experimental results for internal and external stakeholders.


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., biochemistry, analytical chemistry, metabolomics, or related disciplines).
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in analytical sample preparation (liquid-liquid extraction, SPE).
  • Knowledge of any metabolomics data processing tools and software platforms, such as Compound Discoverer, XCMS, MetaboAnalyst, is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with any data analysis software such as R to perform statistical analyses, multivariate data analysis, and pathway analysis.

Additional Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks effectively.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, enabling effective collaboration within a multidisciplinary team and the ability to convey complex technical information to non-experts.
  • Proven track record of contributing to research projects, evidenced by publications (preferable), presentations, or project outcomes.


  • Salary $65,000 – $85,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and retirement plans.
  • Opportunities for professional development and continuous learning in the dynamic field of metabolomics.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge instrumentation.
  • Collaborative and inclusive work environment fostering teamwork and innovation.

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