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Research Fellow in the Field-Cycling NMR of Long-Lived Spin States

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,817 to £34,804
Full Time Fixed Term (18 Months)
Closing Date:  Friday 11 December 2020
Reference:  1307620EB

The project involves the study of long-lived nuclear spin states and their response to changes in magnetic field and to resonant audio frequency irradiation in the low magnetic field regime. You will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of equipment for performing field-cycling audio-frequency NMR experiments, and in the design and implementation of novel NMR experiments employing this equipment. The fellow will be responsible for interpreting the data in terms of nuclear spin dynamics and relaxation phenomena, and for preparing results for publication.

It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in either Physics or Chemistry or a related field. Practical experience of field-cycling NMR; NMR of long-lived states and  quantum chemistry calculations of nuclear spin interaction parameters: knowledge of NMR relaxation theory are essential. Experience of audio-frequency NMR experiments in low magnetic field and experience of using and programming SpinDynamica software is desirable. You will spend a small fraction of the time helping supervise student research.

You will join our Magnetic Resonance Section at the Department of Chemistry of Southampton University. The Section has a well-equipped NMR facility including one 700MHz, 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. The section offers wide expertise that spans from theory of spin dynamics to NMR methodology in solid and liquid state, microfluidics NMR, biomolecular NMR in liquid and solid state and NMR at cryogenic temperatures. An in-house mechanical workshop service is available.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017.  Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities.  For further information please visit

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Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Malcolm H Levitt (, University of Southampton. The start date is 14 December 2020 with an initial appointment for 18 months. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of three referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues.

*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.

 **subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

 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 Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1307620EB on all correspondence.

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