Donnerstag, 20. September 2007

Ph.D. studentship, Leiden

The Solid-state NMR group of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC)
invites applications for a 4-year-term (full position)

Ph.D. studentship.

The solid-state photo-CIDNP effect allows for strong enhancement of
signals in the solid sate under sample illumination. For 13C atoms of
cofactors in photosynthetic reaction centers, an enhancement factor of
above 10000 has been observed (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 14290-14298
(2005); J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128, 12794-12799 (2006)). Furthermore, the
polarisation generation is faster than the T1 relaxation time and
allows for fast scanning (J. Phys. Chem. B 111, 10606-10614 (2007)).
The method is currently applied to study the photochemical machinery
of photosynthetic reaction centres (Biochemistry 46, 8953-8960 (2007),
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 12843-12848 (2007)). Until now, only
continuous illumination has been applied. Currently, a laser-flash
system is under construction. The project will be dedicated to the
application of this new set-up to various photosynthetic systems.

Interested candidates should have a M.Sc. or equivalent in chemistry
or a related field and expertise in either NMR or protein chemistry.
Applications should include a CV and can be sent to:

Dr. Jörg Matysik
Leiden Institute of Chemistry, University of Leiden
j.matysik (at)