As a result of the imminent departure of the current position holder for a permanent position, the Durham Solid-State NMR group expects a postdoctoral vacancy of about 12 months (depending on appointment level) to be available from April.
The project ("Elucidating structure and dynamics in pharmaceutical solvates") essentially is show-casing the power of modern solid-state NMR to obtained detailed information about local structure and dynamics in complex materials of technological importance, and connects with innovative work in the group using molecular dynamics to relate molecular-level detail to bulk properties. A set of interesting systems (both from the NMR and applications viewpoint) has already been identified in the initial phase of the project. Since the systems are now familiar, the project is quite suitable for newly-qualified spectroscopists wishing to gain further experience in solid-state NMR, contacts with the pharmaceutical industry, and with specialist DFT-based code for calculating NMR parameters in solids (CASTEP).
But the project also offers opportunities for more experienced researchers to devise novel techniques for the characterisation of locally dynamic materials.
More information on the Solid-State NMR group in Durham can be found on our web pages (link below). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible for more information about this position (or life in the historic cathedral city of Durham) so that we can make a rapid appointment when the position formally becomes available.
T: +44 191 334 2019