Research Fellow in Microfluidic Magnetic Resonance

Southampton, United Kingdom
£36,333 to £38,474 per annum
28 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £36,333 to £38,474 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Monday 24 April 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2234123EB

You will join the School of Chemistry in Microfluidic Magnetic Resonance in the team of Professor Marcel Utz.  The position is funded through a recent research grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to a team lead by Prof. Utz, Prof. Malcolm Levitt, Prof. Ilya Kuprov and Prof. Richard Whitby. The project is aimed at combining advanced nuclear hyperpolarisation techniques with microfabricated lab-on-a-chip devices, and poses multiple interdisciplinary research challenges.

The University of Southampton ranks in the top one per cent of world universities*, and as one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Magnetic Resonance is a research focus area at Southampton, with currently 8 academic staff members, and a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers and numerous postgraduate and undergraduate students. A range of world-class NMR systems are available, including a 700 MHz cryoprobe system, various state-of-the art solid- and liquid state NMR spectrometers, EPR, and para-hydrogen hyperpolarisation equipment. The University of Southampton is also home to the the Zepler Institute, which provides access to world-class micro- and nanofabrication facilities. 

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices are finding wider and wider applications in areas as diverse as the culture of cells and tissues, chemical reaction engineering, or medical diagnostics. Our aim is to bring the power of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to bear on complex microfluidic lab-on-a chip devices. In this position, you will lead a vigorous research program aimed at integrating hyperpolarised magnetic resonance with microfluidic systems. 

The position is a stepping stone towards an independent career for a researcher with a strong background in experimental physical chemistry or a related field with experience in nuclear magnetic resonance. Professional experience in lab-on-a-chip systems, flow chemistry, and computer simulations is desirable, but not a prerequisite. If you are a passionate and creative scientist with an emerging track record of original contributions in these areas and some experience in designing scientific instrumentation, this position is for you. 

Application procedure

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.

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days); subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme; a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University is one of the UK’s leading research Universities.  We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the University and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.  Our flexible working practices, including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people.

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.

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