Technician Analytical Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Science
Department of Chemistry, Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Application deadline: 

Job description

As our new Technician you will assist in the general research projects, with emphasis on proteomics workflows consisting of sample preparation, chromatographic separation, and MS-based characterization and quantitation of peptides and proteins. In addition, you will support the group by measuring intact native proteins with specialized mass spectrometry instrumentation, like HDX, Orbi-traps and TOF’s. Part of your time will be spent managing and running a fee for service to biopharmaceutical companies, by solving ‘research’ questions using native mass spectrometry. You will support the proteomics research by maintaining analytical equipment such as the HPLC (RP, SEC, IEX, HpH), centrifuges, etc. Furthermore, you will maintain the stock of consumables and materials and where needed assist in testing and improving the used methodology and instrumental setup.


We are looking for a hands-on, flexible, self-motivated colleague who is also a team player, open minded and creative and last but not least: you are driven by knowledge and results through your passion and enthusiasm!

You also have:

  • a Bachelor’s or Master’s in science education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry or a related field;
  • good interpersonal skills and a proven ability to communicate effectively and work well with your colleagues;
  • self-initiative and you are eager to learn and to improve current workflows;
  • the ability to follow instructions and take direction;
  • skills in using standard productivity software;
  • a demonstrated knowledge and experience in mass spectrometric techniques like LC-MS/MS, proteomics and native mass spectrometry (considered a plus);
  • experience with analytical and biochemical methods such as liquid chromatography based fractionation of peptides and proteins (considered a plus);
  • good verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and/or English and you can maintain/build good customer relations.


  • A position for 1 year with a possible extension to 3-4 years or longer;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from €2,329 to €3,144 starting in scale 7;
  • Benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao).

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

About the organisation

Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics is an internationally oriented research group with access to a large range of state-of-the-art equipment. The research of the group is focused on analytical and biochemical technology development for important applications in the life sciences, covering for instance Cancer and Stem Cell Proteomics, Molecular Immunology and Structural Biology. The group consists of about 65 Researchers (Technicians, PhD-students, Postdocs and senior staff) and supporting personnel, who cumulatively publish around 50 research papers annually in peer-reviewed scientific international journals. We teach students at all levels in chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biology and medicine.

At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes which work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts Professors, Researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

Additional information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Corine Heuzer, via

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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The application deadline is 2 December 2020.