Research Fellow Magnetic Resonance

United Kingdom
Sep 28, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Research Fellow Magnetic Resonance

Location: Highfield Campus

Salary:  £29,301

Full Time Fixed Term

Closing Date:  Tuesday 25 October 2016

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

Reference: 785516EB

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Singlet-Diffusion-NMR to Probe Translational Dynamics in Porous Media

Applications are invited for a Researcher in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the research group of Dr Giuseppe Pileio. The project, funded by EPSRC under the First Grant scheme, will last 18 months and concerns the development of NMR methodology to probe translational dynamics in porous media by singlet-state NMR spectroscopy. 

The research involves the theory, simulation, and application of novel NMR and micro-MRI techniques that uses long-lived spin states to probe translational diffusion and in particular aimed at measuring tortuosity and anisotropic diffusion in porous media. You will help to develop new research ideas and applications exploiting singlet-diffusion magnetic resonance and are expected to contribute to the development of NMR pulse sequences, develop and run numerical simulations of diffusion in porous media, run NMR and micro-imaging experiments. 

You will  have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in either Physics or Chemistry and have experience of advanced liquid-state NMR techniques. Experience of NMR in porous media and knowledge of spin physics, singlet nuclear magnetic resonance, and spin dynamics simulation would be advantageous. You will have an excellent work ethic and commitment to achieve the project aims, be open-minded to collaboration with the other scientists of the project consortium, and be confident and able to regularly present research results at consortium meetings. You will be involved in general running of the laboratory including supervision of undergraduate project students as required, and expected to adhere to our strict safety standards.    

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

You will be part of the Magnetic Resonance Section at the Department of Chemistry of Southampton University. The Section has a well equipped NMR facility including three 600MHz, one 500MHz, two 400 MHz and a 300 MHz spectrometers. A variety of probes allow liquid-state and solid-state experiments as well as micro-imaging and cryogenic experiments. A custom-made state-of-art dissolution DNP polariser is also available together with custom-made hardware for the production of para-hydrogen gas. The section offers a huge and complimentary expertise that spans from theory of spin dynamics to NMR methodology in solid and liquid state, microfluidics NMR, protein NMR in liquid and solid state and NMR at cryogenic temperatures.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Giuseppe Pileio (, Department of Chemistry.

The position is tenable from 1 November 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter with appointment for 1 year but with the possibility of a further extension of one more year, subject to funding. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues. 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sarah Foster (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5070. Please quote reference 785516EB on all correspondence.

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