Mass-Spectrometry Technologist - School of Chemical Sciences

  • Full-time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Position Number: 00002389
  • UoA Department Name: Technical Services

Company Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place a strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Applications are invited for the full-time position of Mass-Spectrometry Technologist, primarily tasked with operating and maintaining the instruments and facilities of the Mass-Spectrometry suite housed within the School of Chemical Sciences. If you are organised, hardworking and committed to providing high quality instrument support to our post-graduate students and researchers, then this may be the position for you.

About the Role 

We require an experienced technologist to work full-time in our research facility housed within the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland city campus. The Mass-Spectrometry Technologist will complement our instrument focused technical team.

The main function of this position is to operate our suite of Gas and Liquid Chromatography High Resolution Mass Spectrometers.

The work will include the development of new methods across all platforms and the utilisation of existing ones working in conjunction with our extensive post-graduate student cohort. A variety of sample extraction, separation and analytical techniques will be involved. 

This role offers variety and the opportunity to advance your skills through exposure to new challenges and research projects while working closely with our postgraduate students and experienced academic researchers.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will be an energetic and resourceful individual with an excellent work ethic, a well-rounded background in Chemical Sciences and several years’ experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting of mass spectrometers.

  • Experience with single quadrupole, triple quadrupole, time-of-flight, and/or orbitrap mass spectrometers is an absolute must.
  • Experience in bio-molecular and chemical separation techniques using gas & liquid chromatography is required
  • Experience analysing and interpreting large mass-spectral data sets is needed
  • Capillary electrophoresis knowledge would be beneficial.
  • A tertiary qualification in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related sciences is expected.

Excellent technical skills, a positive attitude and the ability to communicate to groups and individuals with clarity is key to making a success of this role.  If you are enthusiastic about being part of the technical team that supports New Zealand’s largest School of Chemical Sciences, then you need to apply now!

Why us?

The University of Auckland (45,000 students) is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 18 March 2022 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV and Cover Letter highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please contact SCS Technical manager, Mike Wadsworth [email protected]  for further details.  Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

Covid-19 Vaccination

The University of Auckland is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and students. All students, staff and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or medically exempt, in order to come onto our campuses or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment. You can read more about the University’s vaccination policy here.

Overseas Applicants

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed strict border restrictions but has now announced a 5-step plan for a phased reopening of Aotearoa New Zealand’s borders and welcomes the return of all nationalities. Step 1, from 28 February 2022, New Zealand Citizens, Residents, eligible travellers coming from Australia and other nationalities meeting specific criteria and exemptions will be able to travel to New Zealand and self-isolate on arrival.

Step 2, from 14 March 2022, the border opens to New Zealand citizens, residents and other eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world.

Please visit Immigration New Zealand or the Government’s official COVID-19 website for further information. 

This phased reconnection will take time, meaning the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. The University will negotiate an appropriate start date with the successful candidate.


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