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(Seeking qualified applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Developing High-throughput Metabolomics Methods for Populations-based Phenotyping at the Gunma University Initiative for Advanced Research (GIAR) in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute (KI))

Recruitment has ended.

1. Position Offered One (1)Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship
Affiliation: Gunma University Initiative for Advanced Research
Work location: 3-39-22 Showa-Machi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-8511 JAPAN
2. Term of Employment Type of contract: Fixed-term employee
Contract period: From April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022
*The contract period has a possibility to be renewed yearly until March 31, 2026.
3. Overview Research: What is health? Despite our best efforts, biomedical science has failed to provide a concrete definition. It is clear that health is more than simply “free from disease”. However, traditional biomedicine focuses on identifying pathways and mechanisms associated with disease symptoms, not on understanding the processes that keep us healthy. It is not possible to understand deviations from health, whether disease-, environment-, or therapeutic-induced, without first establishing a definition of health. This project will develop and employ large-scale metabolomics-based molecular phenotyping at the population level to profile health. The successful applicant will be part of a team applying high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS)-based metabolomics to perform deep molecular phenotyping. The acquired phenotype profiles will be integrated with patient meta-data to identify relationships between metabolic trajectories and health, with a focus on respiratory disease. These efforts will require significant experience in mass spectrometry as well as sample preparation. Project tasks include the development and application of high-throughput methods for rapid molecular phenotyping. The project involves working with collaborators in the National Institute for Environmental Studies who are conducting the Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS). This longitudinal birth-cohort study includes 100,000 mother-child pairs and extensive environmental monitoring data. The access to large well characterized cohorts and cutting-edge equipment represent an exciting opportunity to explore the nature of health as well as investigate the relationship between environmental exposure and disease. Our vision is to provide a quantitative definition of health and the associated deviations due to disease or environmental stress.

Environment: The Karolinska Institute (KI) has developed a Molecular Phenotyping group at Gunma University (GU). The current post-doctoral position is being recruited to work in this facility under the supervision of Associate Prof. Craig Wheelock from KI. For the purposes of this project, the successful candidate will have access to a dedicated state-of-the art high-resolution mass spectrometer and extensive sample preparation equipment. Additional information on the group is available at:

4. Duties (1) Perform research in the field of metabolomics and analytical chemistry
(2) Promote formation of a research base for domestic and overseas researchers.
5. Salary and Benefits According to Gunma University Employment Regulations for Part-time Employees Salary: determined based on the successful applicant’s experience. The position includes health insurance, pension, and labor insurance.
6. Qualifications We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a Ph.D. in mass spectrometry or bioanalytical chemistry and experience in small molecule mass spectrometry as well as biological sample preparation techniques. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in LC-MS based metabolomics. We are especially interested in candidates with prior experience working with method development, sample preparation and large-scale data analysis. Excellent communication skills and an ability to interact with other staff in the lab and with collaborators in various networks are essential.
7. Deadline Mar. 14, 2021. However, applications will be evaluated as received and qualified candidates will be interviewed ongoingly.
8. Selection of Candidates (1) Initial screening will be performed by the examination of application materials.
(2) Selected applicants will be interviewed via Skype and may be requested to
interview in person at GU with a formal research seminar.
9. Starting Date From April 1, 2021
10. Application Materials (1) A Curriculum Vitae
(2) A List of Publications and Activities
(3) A list of persons to whom the applicant’s research and educational achievement can be referred (including name and contact information)
11. Send application to To Craig Wheelock, Karolinska Institutet
To Advanced Research Support Office
Research Promotion Division, Gunma University
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12. For further information, contact More information can be found at:
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Craig Wheelock (
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13. Other Gunma University promotes a society based on equal opportunity by actively hiring women when applicants are equally qualified in performance evaluation (research and educational achievement, social contributions and personality).
14. Application Forms