Research Fellow in the NMR of Long-Lived Spin States

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £35,326 per annum
04 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,309 to £35,326 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 18 months
Closing Date:  Tuesday 01 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1621221EB

The project involves the study of long-lived hyperpolarized nuclear spin states. You will be responsible for design and implementation of novel NMR experiments employing hyperpolarized nuclear spin states and responsible for interpreting the data in terms of nuclear spin dynamical theories, and for preparing results for publication.

You must have a PhD in either Physics or Chemistry or a related field or equivalent professional qualifications and experience. Practical experience of advanced NMR experiments along with practical experience of the NMR of long-lived states is essential. Experience of dynamic nuclear polarization is desirable. Experience of magic-angle-spinning NMR and two-dimensional spectroscopy is desirable. You will also have the opportunity to 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, 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

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Malcolm H Levitt (, University of Southampton. The start date is 1 April 2022 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.

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 2507. Please quote reference 1621221EB on all correspondence.

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