Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Physical Science of Endofullerenes

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Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £34,804 per annum
08 Apr 2021
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12 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 18 months
Closing Date:  Monday 12 April 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1345621EB

The project involves the interdisciplinary study of endofullerenes, which are substances in which molecules or atoms are trapped inside carbon cages. We have unique access to a range of such molecules, which have unique physical properties since the trapped molecules behave as quantized "particles in a box". The project involves nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, infrared and terahertz spectroscopy, and inelastic neutron scattering. You will be responsible for gathering spectroscopic data in our laboratory and the laboratories of our collaborators, and involved in the interpretation of the data in terms of a consistent model for the dynamics of the encapsulated atoms or molecules. The project does not involve chemical synthesis.

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 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.

To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in either Physics or Chemistry or a related field. Practical experience of cryogenic equipment; NMR spectroscopy especially solid-state NMR; experience of terahertz or infrared spectroscopies are desirable. You will get the opportunity to enhance your skills by spending a small fraction of the time helping supervise student research. 

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Malcolm H Levitt (, University of Southampton. The start date is 1 May 2021 with an initial full time appointment for 18 months as a result of funding restrictions. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of three referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues.

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

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

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.

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 Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1345621EB on all correspondence.

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