Accelerating the Implementation of Mass Spectrometry in the Clinical Lab


Job Posting


Location:Atlanta, GA


Position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health
Division of Laboratory Sciences

The Protein Biomarker and Lipids Reference Laboratories at the National Center for Environmental Health, CDC are performing research on biomarkers to detect human exposure to environmental chemicals and to diagnose and treat chronic diseases. This research involves the development of complex analytical methods for measuring biomarkers in body fluids and the application of these methods to determine people’s exposure to selected chemicals of public health concern, and to improve the diagnosis and treatment of high priority chronic diseases.

The research involves activities such as sample preparation using automated equipment, analysis of samples by mass spectrometry, data processing and analysis using complex software and data evaluation procedures, and presentation of results. These tasks will be performed in compliance with policies and regulations such as those outlines in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA).

We are seeking candidates at the Ph.D. level with a degree in science (Minimum GPA: 3.0) and experience in chemical and analytical laboratory work.

This position will provide the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in human exposure research and laboratory medicine. This includes operating state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and procedures, performing quality assurance tasks, pressing and evaluating complex laboratory data.

The following skills are desired:
• Ability to conceive, organize and carry out applied research directed towards expanding scientific knowledge and understanding of measuring biomarkers in human specimens.
• Aptitude to review scientific literature, formulate research plans, conduct laboratory experiments, interpret and evaluate results and other findings, and write reports describing the results and conclusions.
• Ability to interact with professional and technical laboratory personnel detailed to assist in accomplishing specifically designated program activities.
• Experience with HPLC, GC, and MS instrumentation is required.

Applications should be emailed to Heather Kuiper, Ph.D. ( by January 4th, 2017. The application should include a curriculum vitae or resume, copy of official transcripts, citizenship status, current pay stub or salary on letterhead (if applicable) and two letters of recommendation on letterhead (letters by E-mail are sufficient and should be sent directly).