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Research Fellow

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,799 to £33,518 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 1 year)
Closing Date:  Friday 10 August 2018
Interview Date:   Monday 10 September 2018
Reference:  1032518EB

Project: HyperStore: Singlet States and Supercritical Fluids for Storage and Transport of Hyperpolarised Spin Order

We are looking for a Research Fellow in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to work in the research group of Dr. Giuseppe Pileio and in collaboration with Prof. Malcolm H. Levitt on a project funded by EPSRC that concerns the development of NMR hardware and methodology to combine supercritical fluids, long-lived states NMR and dissolution-DNP in order to prolong the storage of hyperpolarised spin order and allow its transport from the production site to a remote location. 

The project is at its mid-point and we have already reached important milestones. We have built a lot of equipment to prepare and handle supercritical fluids in NMR and we have acquired an enormous quantity of data that clearly demonstrate the possibility to extend the storage time of spin polarisation when singlet-state methodology is coupled with the use of liquified gases and supercritical fluids. We entered now the second phase of the project where we will need to couple these methods to dissolution-DNP techniques, which will be the main outcome of the project and the purpose or the job here advertised.

In such context, you will help to develop new research ideas and applications exploiting the interfaces of singlet-magnetic resonance, DNP and supercritical fluids and will contribute to the design and set up of NMR experiments, numerical data analysis software and NMR methodology.  

You must have a PhD in either Chemistry or Physics or any related field and have a good experience in advanced liquid-state NMR techniques. Knowledge of singlet nuclear magnetic resonance and/or nuclear spin relaxation theory and/or spin dynamics theory and simulation is desirable. You are expected to have an excellent work ethic and commitment to achieve the project aims, be open-minded to collaboration with the other scientists involved in the project and be confident and able to regularly present research results at meetings. You will be involved in the general running of the laboratory including supervision of undergraduate project students as required and expected to adhere to our strict safety standards. 

You will be part of the Magnetic Resonance Section within Chemistry at the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Chemistry has been recently ranked 6th for research intensity and 8th for research power among all UK’s universities. The Magnetic Resonance Section offers a huge 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. We offer a variety of facilities including a 300MHz, two 400MHz, a 500MHz, three 600MHz and a 700MHz NMR magnets with equipment that allows solid-state, liquid state and micro-imaging applications. An EPR instrument is also available as well as a state-of-art dissolution-DNP polariser. We also have access to complimentary techniques including X-Ray, micro-CT, IR and MS.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality.  The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.  Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Giuseppe Pileio ( The start date is 1st of September 2018 with initial appointment for 1 years and with the possibility of a further extension of one more year, upon mutual satisfaction. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1032518EB on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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