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Fiehn Assistant Project Scientist - Analytical Chemistry

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An Assistant Project Scientist position (APS) is available in the West Coast Metabolomics Center at the UC Davis Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility, In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator and other lab personnel, this position will be involved in multiple research projects.


The APS will lead the area of analytical chemistry research in the Fiehn Metabolomics laboratory. The appointee will participate in ongoing projects, design new studies and perform compound identification in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics data sets. The APS is expected to form a small team of young scientists and to develop this team through grant proposals and journal manuscripts.

Collaborative research activity (50% of total efforts)

The candidate will foster existing and develop new research collaborations by supporting metabolomics projects through advancements in chromatography-mass spectrometry based methods. The candidate will take responsibility to lead collaborative projects with external partners, including method optimizations, metabolomics data acquisition, data processing, compound identification, and manuscript writing. The candidate will develop, test, compare and validate new methods in analytical chemistry with the overarching goal to improve the state of the art in metabolomics. Specifically, leadership in compound identification schemes and improvement in automated scoring of confidence in metabolite structure annotations is required. Data or services from the West Coast Metabolomics Center are utilized as necessary. The appointee will perform metabolomic data annotations, specifically with respect to linking chemical structures to statistically different peaks observed in biofluids or tissues. The APS will seek new partners and projects in automation, mass spectrometry, ion mobility, chromatography, sample preparation, and data processing, and will take initiative when interacting with the laboratory’s collaboration partners and consortia.

It is expected that the candidate will be the lead author on publications and a supporting author on others. The candidate will write grant applications, progress reports, and present data at scientific meetings.

Self-directed research activity (40% of total efforts)

The candidate is expected to design studies and initiate self-initiated research projects in the broad area of metabolomics research that may lead to new journal publications or grant applications. This work specifically entails establishing a team of young scientists who work under the leadership of the APS within the umbrella of the Fiehn research laboratory. The appointee may select one or several areas of special interest that must include compound identification but can span to improved speed of data acquisition, better sensitivity, better dynamic ranges, greater metabolome coverage or more robust quantifications. It is expected that the appointee develops, or at least tests and validates, software that improves prediction of MS/MS spectra, compound ID workflows, or other schemes to predict analytical chemistry parameters.


The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will give presentations at conferences, seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions. The appointee will train, consult with and advise graduate students and researchers with regards to metabolomics, compound identification, mass spectrometry, biochemistry and related projects.


The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Participate in activities of committees within the Genome Center, campus and other University entities, as appropriate. The candidate will actively engage and lead professional instructions in courses given by the West Coast Metabolomics Center, including preparation of materials, discussing strategies and leading practical examples with course participants. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position but encouraged.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)