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Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Laboratory Coordinator (Analytical Chemist) for the Metabolomics Unit, FIMM Technology Centre


The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research institute focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute for Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki. FIMM integrates molecular medicine research, technology centre and biobanking infrastructures under one roof, promoting translational research in grand challenge projects, specifically, the impact of genome information from the Finnish population in personalised health and medicine, individualised cancer medicine, and digital molecular medicine. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community.


FIMM is currently seeking an outstanding candidate for the position of

Laboratory Coordinator (Analytical Chemist) for the Metabolomics Unit, FIMM Technology Centre


The FIMM Technology Centre has state-of-the-art infrastructures for genomics, medical bioinformatics, metabolomics, high-throughput screening, biobanking, biomarker discovery and other translational research platforms. FIMM Metabolomics Unit was launched in 2011. The unit has cutting edge equipment including UPLC systems coupled to QQQ mass spectrometer (MS), QToF-MS, and QTRAP-MS (5500 and 6500+), ORBITRAP-MS and a robot, Hamilton’s Star liquid handling system. The unit offers services for high-throughput untargeted, and targeted quantitative metabolomics and lipidomics, and also metabolic flux analyses for biomedical applications.


  • The responsibilities of the position will primarily include the development and validation of bioanalytical methods/workflows in metabolomics and lipidomics.
  • Main tasks involve analysing the customer samples, documentation, and maintenance of the instruments and the lab.
  • The applicant will also be involved in the daily operations of the core facility including project discussions and experimental planning, developed method manuscripts preparation etc.

Qualification and experience:

  • The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in Analytical chemistry or Chemistry or Biochemistry or a related field with proven expertise (1-3 years of experience).
  • Solid knowledge and working experience in different sample preparation (SPE, LL etc), ultra pressure liquid chromatographic (HILIC, Reverse and normal phase etc), mass spectrometry (QQQ, Q-TOF, QTRAP, ORBITRAP etc) systems, and prior experience in quantitative/qualitative metabolomics is required.
  • Experience in global lipidomics and global metabolomics analyses, and familiarity in handling 2D LC systems and liquid handling system for metabolite extraction are considered advantageous.
  • The ability to effectively interact with the group members in a team-oriented manner is a must.
  • A service-minded and customer-friendly attitude is a must.
  • The successful candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated and responsible with excellent scientific, problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills. 
  • In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

We offer an exciting international working environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure as part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

Salary and contract:

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University salary system.  A contract will be offered initially for 2 years and long-term extension is possible. The position is a full time position starting 1st of January 2019 or upon mutual agreement.

Application should be written in English and include a 1 page cover letter with motivation and 3-4 pages CV, a list of publications, contact information for three referees (no need to send copies of transcripts or any other documents). Please submit the application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking the Apply link. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal. Please apply no later than 15th October 2018. 

For further information please visit our website and/or contact the Head of the Metabolomics Unit, A/Prof. Vidya Velagapudi (vidya.velagapudi(at)



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