Annual Research conference and MC meeting Heraklion, March 19-21


Draft programme


Sun 19th             

18:00                   Informal get-together in Heraklion (pre-dinner drinks)

20:00                  Informal dinner in Heraklion, self-organized


Mon 20th

9:30                    Coffee, IMBB FORTH

9:50-10:00        Welcome and introductory remarks
COST Chair, F. Sobott, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Local Organizer, M. Aivaliotis, IMBB Forth & University of Crete, Greece

10:00-10:30     Michael Kokkinidis
IMBB Forth & University of Crete, Greece

10:35-10:45    Session 1a introductory remarks
COST Vice-Chair, Sarah Cianferani, University of Strasbourg, France

10:45-11:05    Michal Sharon
Weizmann Institute, Israel

11:10-11:30   Nina Morgner
University of Frankfurt/M., Germany

11:35-11:55   Kostas Thalassinos

UCL London, UK

12:00-13:30   Lunch break & Posters

13:30-13:40  Session 1b introductory remarks
WG1 leader, Michal Sharon, Weizmann Institute, Israel

13:40-14:00  Michael Glocker
University of Rostock, Germany

14:05-14:20  Sneha Chatterjee
University of Antwerp, Belgium

14:25-14:45  Rita Grandori
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
14:50-15:05   Johannes Heidemann
Heinrich Pette Institut Hamburg, Germany

15:10-15:40   Coffee break

15:40-16:00   Edwin de Pauw
University of Liège, Belgium

16:05-16:25   Pol Ilag
University of Stockholm, Sweden

16:30-16:35   Daniel Driscoll
University College Cork, Ireland

16:40-17:20   Time for discussion (led by Sarah Cianferani & Michal Sharon)

18:30-19:30        Informal MC discussion (core group + interested MC members)

20:00              Conference (networking) dinner in Heraklion
Organized and paid by COST

Tue 21st

08:00            Formal MC meeting & vote on budget plan, IMBB Forth

10.00           Coffee, IMBB Forth

10:20-10:50   Nelson Barrera, Invited Speaker
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

10:55-11:20   Session 2a introductory remarks
Alex Leitner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

11:20-11:40  Elien Vandermarliere

University of Gent, Belgium

11:45-12:00  Elodie Grifnee
University of Liège, Belgium

12:05-13:00 Lunch break & Posters

13:00-13:15  Session 2b introductory remarks
Kasper Rand, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

13:15-13:35  Jonathan Philips

University of Exeter, UK
13:40-13:55   Esben Trabjerg
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

14:00-14:20    Session 3 introductory remarks
Justin Benesch, University of Oxford, UK
14:20-14:35    SKYPE Perdita Barran
University of Manchester, UK
14:40-14:55    Jean Haler
University of Liège, Belgium

15:00-15:20   Marta Vilaseca
IRB Barcelona, Spain
15:25-16:00        Time for discussion (round table)

From 16:00         Free time!


Wed 22nd



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Postdoctoral fellow at University of Oslo

The Group for Structural Biology and Chromatin (Sekulic group) investigates chromatin biology and epigenetics with biochemical and structural approaches. The project aims at understanding changes in chromatin during mitosis and kinetochore formation. We use various biochemical and biophysical approaches (X-ray crystallography, SAXS, SANS, hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to MS …). In addition, we collaborate with cell biology groups to link structure with function.

A three-year position is available from August 2017. We seek highly motivated individuals with an excellent track record and experience in protein purification and biophysical and biochemical characterisation of proteins and protein complexes. Knowledge of chromatin and structural biology and mass spec techniques is an advantage. Recently, our group has obtained a funding for new HDX-MS instrument that is intended to be installed in the fall of 2017 and recruited candidate will help with establishing HDX-MS methods.  We offer stimulating environment with excellent working and social benefits.

Please submit your application through the web-based recruitment system linked here:

Application deadline:  31.03.2017.

Best wishes,


HDX-MS Conference, 16-17 May 2017

On behalf of the organizing team, you are invited to the first International Conference on Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry (IC HDX) to be held at AstraZeneca R&D, Gothenburg, Sweden 16-17 May 2017 (with a workshop on 15 May). This conference is aimed at anyone with an interest in using, developing and exploring applications of HDX-MS. The conference includes oral and poster presentations, including several confirmed talks from experts in the field. Suppliers will also be present, offering demos of lab equipment and software.

Abstract submission deadline: 3 March 2017



Four Industrial PhD Positions in both Siena (Italy) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

VADEMA (Doctoral Industrial School for Vaccine Design through Structural Mass Spectrometry) aims at delivering industry-oriented PhD training in the field of structural mass spectrometry applied to vaccinology. The four selected early-stage researchers (ESRs) will experience an intersectoral training programme encompassing an 18-months internship in Glaxo Smith Kline Vaccines (Siena, Italy), and an 18-months internship at in the Protein Analysis Group of Assoc. Professor Kasper D. Rand (Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark). The scope of the projects are to develop a structural mass spectrometry platform, and exploit its application to compare conformation and dynamics of antigens in their native states (membrane) with their recombinant soluble forms (vaccines) and to get a better understanding of the humoral response raised against the two forms.

Read more about the positions and application procedures at

Application deadline: 28 February 2017

Minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,579 (taxable) + pension contribution + mobility allowance and family allowance (where applicable).


Postdoctoral Position at ETH Zurich / Chemistry

We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in our research group. The topic of the research project will be the coupling of a novel plasma ionization source for high-resolution mass spectrometry with solid-phase microextraction, characterization and further development of this hyphenated method, and development of promising analytical applications. This project is a collaboration with a major manufacturer and supplier of SPME and lab automation devices. State-of-the-art MS instrumentation is available in our group, and world-class departmental facilities (mechanical and electronic workshops, library services, computing facilities, etc.) are accessible at ETH Zurich.

Prerequisites: Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related area, strong background in analytical chemistry and instrumentation, motivated to work with an industrial partner. Further information: see Starting date: January 2017, or upon mutual agreement.

Applications with CV, publication list, and 2 letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Prof. Renato Zenobi, by mid September 2016.

Postdoktoranden-Stelle, ETH Zürich / Chemie

In unserer Forschungsgruppe ist eine Postdoktorandenstelle neu zu besetzen. Das Forschungsthema betrifft die Kopplung einer neuartigen Plasma-Ionisationsquelle für die hochauflösende Massenspektrometrie mit Festphasen-Mikroextraktionsmethode, die Charakterisierung und Weiterentwicklung dieser gekoppelten Analysenmethode sowie die Entwicklung vielverprechender analytischer Anwendungen. Das Projekt ist eine Zusammenarbeit mit einem wichtigen Hersteller und Lieferanten von SPME Materialien und Laborautomations-Geräten.

Voraussetzungen: Abgeschlossenes Doktorat in Chemie oder einem verwandten Gebiet, sehr gute Kenntnisse in Analytischer Chemie, Freude an Instrumenten-Entwicklung und an einer Zusammenarbeit mit einem Industrie-Partner. Weitere Informationen unter Beginn: Januar 2017 oder nach Vereinbarung.

Bewerbungen bis Mitte September 2016 mit CV, Publikationsliste, und 2 Empfehlungsschreiben direkt an Prof. Renato Zenobi

Postdoctoral Position at University of Liverpool

Have proteomics experience and interested in cell signalling/cancer research? A postdoc position is now available with Dr. Patrick Eyers and Prof. Claire Eyers (Centre for Proteome Research) at the University of Liverpool. Application deadline Friday 2nd September.

The laboratories of Dr Patrick Eyers and Professor Claire Eyers evaluate human phosphoproteomes using a variety of approaches, including biochemistry, transcriptomiccs, chemical biology and mass spectrometry. We are looking for an experienced cell signalling or MS-based phosphoproteomics researcher to lead a North West Cancer Research (NWCR) funded project to evaluate the Polo-like kinase 4 signalling pathway and its role in cancer. You will have a PhD in Biochemistry, Pharmacology or a related biological science, a strong interest in protein phosphorylation, and demonstrable knowledge and experience of mass spectrometry for cell signalling analysis. The post is available immediately for 1 year initially, with the possibility of a 2 year extension.

Top Down and Structural Mass Spectrometry: a practical course

Lisbon | December 19-21, 2016



This course will cover many of the modern methods of structural analysis of bio-macromolecules by Mass Spectrometry.

Specific topics that will be addressed include:

  • Native Mass Spectrometry
  • Structural MS instrumentation
  • Top-down Mass Spectrometry



Structural MS Workshop May 3-8, 2017

The David Lopatie Conference Centre, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

About the Workshop

Mass spectrometry (MS) is becoming increasingly popular in the eld of structural biology for analyzing protein structures and for mapping protein-protein interactions. Various MS-based approaches have been developed over the years to provide insights into the structural properties of protein complexes. Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to expose students and researchers interested in structural biology to the arsenal of tools o ered by structural mass spectrometry.

Registration deadline – February 15, 2017

Details: Structural MS Workshop

University of Bordeaux international post-doctoral program

The University of Bordeaux opened a competitive call for its international post-doctoral program (beginning of contract: July to December 2017).

Excellent candidates within 4 years of obtaining their PhD (+ parental leave conditions) are welcome to apply.

Call details:

The research project must be supported by a host lab in Bordeaux. My team is willing to support one candidate, with a project in the broad fields of structural mass spectrometry, nucleic acids structure, and/or non-covalent assemblies.

Call deadline: November 27th, 2016.

Interested candidates can email me a CV and a half-page project outline, preferably one month in advance of the call.

I would be grateful if you could forward this announcement to potential applicants.


Best regards,


Valérie Gabelica.



Dr. Valerie GABELICA
Research Director (DR2) – Team BiophyMS
ARNA Laboratory (Inserm U1212/CNRS UMR5320/Université de Bordeaux)
Tel. +33 (0)5 4000 2940
Institut Europeen de Chimie et Biologie

2, rue Robert Escarpit
33607 Pessac, France


Institute of Clinical Sciences RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Institute of Clinical Sciences 
Salary range: £33,860- £42,830 per annum 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Reprogramming and Chromatin Group headed by Dr Petra Hajkova at the Clinical Sciences Centre (CSC) in Imperial College London. The group studies molecular mechanisms underlying epigenetic reprogramming in vivo and in vitro (for further information, please visit
We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate scientist experienced in the field of mass spectrometry to join our efforts to elucidate molecular mechanisms implicated in the dynamic changes in nucleic acid modifications observed in early mouse embryo, developing germ line and pluripotent stem cells. Our group operates our own QQQ LC/MS instrument (Agilent 6490) and focuses on cutting edge, ultra-sensitive detection of DNA and RNA modifications in minute biological samples (see Amouroux et al, Nat Cell Biol, 2016) .For informal enquiries please contact Dr Petra Hajkova (