Research Fellow in microTesla NMR

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £35,326 per annum
07 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,309 to £35,326 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 July 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1789022EB-R

The project involves the study of nuclear spin states over 9 orders of magnitude in magnetic field. You will be responsible for design and implementation of novel NMR experiments employing ultralow magnetic fields in the nanoTesla range along with interpreting the data in terms of nuclear spin dynamical theories, 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 along with practical experience of advanced magnetic resonance experiments.  In addition, experience of designing and constructing magnetic resonance equipment and  experience of nuclear hyperpolarization are desirable. 

We will support your development by offering the opportunity to spend some time helping supervise student research.

You will be an integral member 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.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Malcolm H Levitt (, University of Southampton. The initial appointment is for 24 months subject to funding. 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, 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 through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

Applications 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 completion of PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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 Holly Shergold (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5719, or email Please quote reference 1789022EB-R on all correspondence

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