Dec 2, 2019

[NMR] PhD position: Hyperpolarized and 1H Fast MAS NMR Spectroscopy - RU Nijmegen #NMR #DNPNMR


PhD Candidate for Hyperpolarized and 1H Fast MAS NMR Spectroscopy
32 - 40 hours per week
Maximum gross monthly salary: € 2,972
Faculty of Science
Job level: Research University Degree
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Application deadline: 31 DECEMBER 2019

We are looking for

As a PhD Candidate you will work on the project for Hyperpolarized and 1H Fast MAS NMR Spectroscopy. The main goal of the project is the development of hyperpolarized and 1H ultrafast MAS NMR spectroscopy for the study of performance polymers, in particular focusing on their surface functionalization. We will capitalize on two important methodological developments that can remedy shortcomings of NMR for studying complex polymer systems. We will develop Ultrafast(>100 kHz) magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR combined with sophisticated rf pulse schemes for high resolution NMR of protons in the solid-state. Furthermore, we aim to optimize and extend Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) methodology for the study of low gamma nuclei in polymeric systems and finishes.

We ask:
  • You have a MSc in Chemistry or Physics or a related discipline.
  • You are an enthusiastic candidate with a solid background in NMR spectroscopy and an affinity for out of the box methodology development focusing on potential applications in polymer science.
We are

The research will be part of the research program of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM). The IMMs goal is to provide world-leading research and training in the area of functional molecules and materials. For further information on the IMM see: The Magnetic Resonance Research Center of IMM offers a dynamic international research environment. The group specializes in the development and application of NMR methodology necessary in materials science and hosts the solid-state NMR facility for advanced materials science. It has a range of state of the art spectrometers at its disposal, including 300, 400, 600 MHz and 850 MHz solid state NMR spectrometers, equipped with various fast (1.6 mm, 1.2mm, 0.7mm >100 kHz) MAS probes, an ideal combination for high resolution proton NMR of polymeric systems. We are also well-equipped for DNP experiments, at present a Gyrotron mm-wave source operating at 395 GHz is available, coupled to the 600 MHz NMR spectrometer and a 263 GHz klystron (EIO) coupled to a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer. These setups will be developed further in this project, particularly in terms of probe technology and NMR approach. Dedicated technicians provide the necessary technical support and drive the in-house development of probe technology which has enabled the Solid State NMR group such as micro MAS probes for nanoliter sample volumes and thin films. The group is well embedded in the Dutch NMR landscape and will have access to the uNMR-NL 1.2 GHz spectrometer. The advertised position has been made possible by the Dutch Polymer Institute. DPI is an industry-driven international collaboration platform for pre-competitive research in the field of polymers (see

Radboud University has seven faculties, which together cover the full range of academic disciplines. Its teaching and research staff hail from more than fifty countries. With several brand new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities, the leafy modern campus in Nijmegen provides an open and welcoming environment with a personal touch, encouraging the sharing of knowledge among academics, across disciplines, and within and between research institutes. Radboud University firmly believes that a broad perspective is essential for generating new insights and solutions in both science and society.

We offer:

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 2,972 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale P).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience. the starting salary is €2,325 per month on a full-time basis, ththe salary will increase to €2,972 per month in the fourth year (P scale)
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended.
  • For employment conditions, see:
Would you like more information?For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof.dr. A.P.M. Kentgens,
Tel.: +31 24 3652078
Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof.dr. A.P.M. Kentgens and submit it, using the application button in the web advertisement (, no later than 29 September 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
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