Dec 3, 2019

[NMR] PhD position in magnetic resonance at the University of Freiburg #EPR

Dear colleagues,

I would be grateful if you could forward the following announcement for a PhD position at the University of Freiburg to any students in your institution potentially interested in pursuing a doctorate in magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy.

PhD position in magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy

Applications are invited for a doctoral position to work in the group of Dr. S. Richert within the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg. The position is initially limited to three years and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project
The project aims at investigating the factors influencing spin-information transfer in organic multi-spin systems by combining modern optical spectroscopy, pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The long-term goal is to provide design principles for materials to be used for molecular spintronics applications. All of these future applications require the search for new materials, new devices, and design rules, to enable a fundamental understanding of the underlying physical processes and to reveal the importance of specific molecular properties for an efficient generation, transfer and storage of spin information.

What we offer
The successful candidate will work at the University of Freiburg, one of the leading research and teaching institutions in Germany. S/he will work as part of a small team, in direct contact with the members of other research groups at the Institute of Physical Chemistry. Through the work on the project, the candidate will be made familiar with (i) state-of-the-art pulse EPR methods, (ii) photo-induced NMR and (iii) modern optical spectroscopic techniques from the femtosecond to the microsecond time scale and learn about their applicability to current research challenges in the field of molecular spintronics.

Depending on the strengths and interests of the successful applicant, the focus of the individually designed subproject may either lie on the theoretical (programming, data analysis and simulations, method development) or practical (spectroscopic measurements, synthesis) aspects of the project.

The candidate
Highly motivated candidates with a master’s degree in either chemistry or physics are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have a solid background in physical chemistry (spectroscopy), good presentation and writing skills in English and/or German and must be able to work independently as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment. Previous experience with programming (MATLAB, Python), advanced optical spectroscopy, or magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is advantageous, but not required.

The application
Applications (in English or German) including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitæ, degree certificates and grades, and full contact details of at least two referees, should be sent in a single PDF document (no more than 10 MB) via email to sabine.richert@pc.uni-freiburg.de. Although the starting date is flexible, interested candidates should get in touch as soon as possible. For further information please also see: http://www.richert.uni-freiburg.de.

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