• Full Time
  • La Jolla
  • Posted 2 months ago

Scripps Research

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The Huang Lab ( at Scripps Research in La Jolla, CA is seeking candidates for a Research Scientist that specializes in mass spectrometry. The Huang Lab is a chemical biology laboratory focused on understanding the biological functions of protein post-translational modifications called glycans. The lab develops and implements integrated chemical and biological tools to study the roles of glycans in protein glycoconjugates in various physiological or disease settings. The Scientist will work in supervision by Prof. Mia Huang, with opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in a variety of disciplines appropriate to the candidate’s interests.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.
At least two years of experience in academic or commercial high-resolution mass spectrometry (protein, metabolite, or post translational modifications) settings.
Proficiency in the routine operation and troubleshooting of Orbitrap systems, including instrument calibration and maintenance.
Proficiency in the implementation of mass spectrometry-related software for data analysis.
Solid theoretical and hands-on understanding of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Strong attention to detail, ability to follow and adapt technical protocols, and organization skills are key in this position.
Experience in the preparation of biological samples for mass spectrometry analysis and familiarity with routine protocols.
Ability to perform experiments reliably within time constraints.

Report to the Principal Investigator, support mass spectrometry (proteomics, glycomics) projects in the group by performing analytical experiments.
Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting on Orbitrap systems.
Collect, analyze, and interpret data. Modify procedures as necessary. Execute experimental procedures under general or minimal supervision.
Keep accurate and detailed records of experiments.
Assist in coordinating use of instruments.
Produce templated analytical reports stemming from data.
Provide some training to other personnel.
Experience with animal work is not required for this posting.
Use Microsoft Office products and other scientific software to present data.
Co-authorship in publications will be encouraged as part of this position.

Excellent communication and people skills.
Ability to recognize cultural differences and quickly identify situations to help prevent any conflict and resolve conflicts should they occur, including the ability to effectively interact with global colleagues and partners and provide creative solutions in a professional manner.
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
Strong project management skills, including ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines; versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work with constantly changing priorities.
Molecular biology and virology skills preferred.
Experience with next generation sequencing.

This position works in a laboratory environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

LOCATION: La Jolla, California 

COMPENSATION: The expected hiring range for this position is $69,000 to $82.800 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.

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EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.

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