Research Specialist I/II

Requisition # 2021-13689
Date Posted 2 months ago(11/15/2021 12:52 PM)
Integrative Genomics
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Name of Lab


The Rabinowitz lab seeks a Research Specialist I or II in mass spectrometry to contribute to the operations and research efforts of their ~ 25-member team at Princeton University.


The Rabinowitz lab studies metabolism, with the overarching goal of applying this knowledge to the treatment of human disease (cancer, obesity, aging) and the production of biofuels. The lab is a leader in liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) and isotope tracing of metabolism. 


The rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. This position offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive suite of benefits including health, retirement, and life insurance.


Primary work responsibilities include:

  • Mass spectrometry instrument maintenance
  • Sample preparation and analyses
  • Organization and record keeping
  • Interfacing with instrument company representatives

For interested individuals, the position also offers the opportunity (but not requirement) to engage in method development, unknown metabolite identification, data interpretation, report writing, and organization of team research efforts, which will frequently include collaborators from U Penn, Rutgers, and other Princeton University labs.


Essential qualifications include:

  • Laboratory (or similar) work experience and skills; we are open to applicants with relevant skills from other disciplines
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related field, or equivalent experience
  • Desire and capacity to learn and master new tasks and techniques
  • Interest, skill, and care in hands on work
  • Communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, as well as independently
  • Reliability and attention to detail

Additional (not required) qualifications include:

  • General knowledge and/or practical skills in one or more basic chemistry disciplines (analytical, physical, organic, biological)
  • Ability to contribute to research projects and perform basic laboratory calculations
  • Relevant technical skills such as mass spectrometry, chromatography, metabolomics, NMR, biological research

We are looking for a candidate who has related work experience, is a passionate learner, and has the commitment and persistence to take on new challenges. We are open to applicants with alternative educational backgrounds who demonstrate a strong record of work experience. We are willing to train the right candidate.


Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.


The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal given satisfactory job performance and continued funding.


This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

90 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Comments Related to End Date

This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal given satisfactory job performance and continued funding.

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required




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