Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2008

Research/Teaching position

Research/Teaching position available in Marseille, Southern France.

This opening concerns a new kind of tenured position designed for
outstanding young scientists. The successful candidate will profit of a
reduced (-2/3) teaching load and of an increased (+30%) salary for a
period of 5 years, renewable once.

The research will concern an NMR methodology based on solid-assisted
diffusion measurements for the analysis of mixtures of small molecules,
which has shown comparable or even superior separation potential with
respect to chromatography. The candidate will be charged of extending
the methodology with a special attention to metabolomics study. Required
competences are in methodological high-resolution NMR, particularly in
fast acquisition methods. Knowledge of chemometrics would be an

Deadlines: Non-French candidates are welcome. However, candidates must
have succesufully enrolled in the French qualification list for teaching
positions. The deadline for application to this list is December
22nd 2008.

Contact: Please send questions, CV and reference letters to Stefano

- Simplified Analysis of Mixtures of Small Molecules by
Chromatographic NMR Spectroscopy, Guilhem Pages, Corinne Delaurent, and
Stefano Caldarelli, Angew. Chem. 2006, 45 , 5950-5953
- Chomatographic NMR in NMR solvents, C. Carrara, G. Excouffier, C. Delaurent,S. Viel, S.
Caldarelli J. Magn. Reson. 2008, 194, 303-306

Post Doctoral Position

Post-doc position available in 2009 at IRCELYON, Villeurbanne, FRANCE

Development of NMR methodologies to study zeolite crystallization

The following project is part of the CADENCED programme between the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Catalysis Center of Excellence and the ICE partnership (IFP/CNRS/ENS Lyon).


Hydrothermal synthesis of microporous catalytic materials occurs through a very complex and poorly understood mechanism. As a result, since the first descriptions of zeolites syntheses at the end of the 19^th century like Levynite's synthesis by St. Claire Deville in 1862, trial and error has usually been applied to obtain novel catalytic materials. Although structure direction by organic ‘templates’(or Structure Directing Agents, SDA) is an essential route to the preparation of many porous catalytic materials, it remains a challenge to choose a specific template for a desired topology. The understanding of organic/inorganic interactions in (alumino)silicate gels is of primary importance to understand the templating role of molecules in zeolite synthesis. NMR is one of the best tools to study interactions at the molecular level, both in the liquid and solid states.


The 12 months project will be devoted to the development of NMR techniques capable of giving information on the nature and structure of assemblies formed at the early stages of the zeolite growth. REDOR techniques (^29 Si-{1H}, ^27 Al-{1H},…) as well as correlation sequences (CP/MAS, HECTOR, COSY,…) will have to be adapted to the particular case of zeolite gels and precursors.

Experimental research will be carried out at IRCELYON (Villeurbanne, France) on a Bruker DSX 400 spectrometer equipped with various variable temperature probes. NMR developments will be used, in addtion to more conventional NMR techniques, to describe the template/(alumino)silicate species and to estimate distances in synthesis gels. This work will be done in collaboration with a PhD student working more specifically on systems containing N,N,N,N',N',N'-hexamethyl-1,6-hexanediammonium (or diquat-6) molecules.


Candidates should have a PhD in Chemistry or Physics, with a
specialization in Solid State NMR. Experience in the development of
NMR tools are also required. The candidate should also have excellent
writing and communications skills in English.


Please, send your candidacy letter, CV and recommendation letters to:

Dr Alain TUEL
Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l'Environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON)
UMR 5256 CNRS-Université de Lyon1
2 avenue Albert Einstein
69626 Villeurbanne Cedex France

E-mail :

Opportunity in Montpellier

The Center for Structural Biochemistry in Montpellier (a French research institute supported by INSERM, CNRS and the University of Montpellier) is interested in identifying candidates to support in the National Research Entrance Examination (Concours) at CNRS and INSERM, the French national research agencies. Our priorities involve establishing new research groups in biological atomic force microscopy and solid state NMR applied to biological systems. The limit for CNRS and INSERM applications being in January, interested parties should submit a CV, research plan and letters of recommendation to the CBS ( prior to January 1st.

Postdoc position on low-field NMR

The SpinChemPhotoChem group ( of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry invites applications for a

Postdoc position on low-field NMR (up to 3 years).

With financial support of the biological section of the Dutch Science Organisation (NWO ALW), we aim to study the solid-state photo-CIDNP effect at low magnet fields. It is intended to build up a low-field NMR spectrometer and to combine it with the existing optical equipment. Aim of the project is to investigate the occurrence of the solid-state photo-CIDNP effect at low magnetic fields.

The solid-state photo-CIDNP effect has been observed in various photosynthetic reaction centres (Diller at al. 2007 PNAS 104, 12843-12848; Roy et al. 2008 Biochemistry 47, 4629?4635) as strong enhancement of NMR signals (Prakash et al. 2005 JACS 127, 14290-14298 and 2006 JACS 128, 12794-12799). The mechanism of this effect is now understood in the high-field limit (Daviso et al., submitted). It is now planned to extend this studies to evolutionary relevant low fields.

Interested candidates should have a strong background in NMR, preferably in low-field NMR, knowledge of optical methods is desirable, interest on electron-nuclear spin dynamics and the ability to work independently within the network. The postdoc would be encouraged to build up his/her own line of research.

The project can start immediately but should be starting within 2009. The deadline for applications is the 1 Feb. 2009.

For information and application, please contact:
Dr. Jörg Matysik
j.matysik (at)
tel.: +31-71-527 4198

Dr. Joerg Matysik
Leiden Institute of Chemistry, University of Leiden
PO Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden (mail)
Einsteinweg 55, 2333 CC Leiden (visit/courier)
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31-71-527-4198
Fax: +31-71-527-4603
Biophysical Techniques in Photosynthesis, Vol. 2
T.J. Aartsma & J. Matysik, eds. (2008)



With support from the Stockman Family Foundation, Pratt Institute is offering a one-year post doctoral fellowship in Chemistry applied to the study of works of art. The fellowship includes an annual stipend and allowances for research related travel. The stipend is commensurate with the candidate's education and experience. The fellow will work in the department of Mathematic and Science, Chemistry for the Arts Laboratory. The laboratory is developing and optimizing unilateral Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques to address questions involving the degradation processes of works of art. This work is being done in collaboration with researchers at academic institutions and other research laboratories.

The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D, in Chemistry, Physics or Conservation Science. Knowledge of NMR techniques and a strong interest in art conservation science is a plus. English-language skills and a proven record of research and writing ability are required. Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, nationality, or race. Finalists who are not United States citizens must provide proof of their own health insurance coverage before starting the position.

Interested candidates must submit the following materials
1. A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current and permanent addresses, and telephone numbers
2. A short statement of the candidate's interests and intent in applying for the fellowship
3. Reprints of publications
4. Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate's work and one letter of personal reference

All application materials, including letters of recommendation should be received no later than February 1st, 2009 and should be submitted via email and regular mail to

Eleonora Del Federico
Department of Mathematics and Science
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Donnerstag, 4. Dezember 2008

Post Doctoral Fellow NMR Engineering

Post Doctoral Fellow NMR Engineering
School of Engineering & Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
An exciting opportunity exists for a physicist or electronics engineer to join a research group working on novel Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technologies, a project funded by the New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology.
The position of Post Doctoral Fellow is in the School of Engineering and will involve the development of new NMR electronic hardware, software, techniques and applications. Preference will be given to candidates who have previous experience in working on NMR instrumentation technologies.

For more information go to:

Montag, 1. Dezember 2008

Open position in Varian SA

VARIAN SA, the French subsidiary of Varian Inc., is looking for an
Application and Product Specialist, NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE,
Belgium and France with responsibility for supporting the commercial team and providing applications support to the core market sectors; universities, pharmaceutical clients, hospitals, etc.

The ideal candidate would be qualified in a scientific discipline, with a good working knowledge of NMR and a positive commercial attitude. This person will be required to work autonomously, using their own initiative and to have a great deal of motivation, an enthusiastic approach to work and for the projects entrusted to them.
A high level of English is required in order to participate in training programmes within Europe and the US.
Availability to travel is essential.

We offer an attractive package as a market leader in our sector. A rewarding package is available to the right candidate, including a company car, private medical insurance, pension plan and other advantages.
Interested candidates to forward a CV in the first instance by e-mail to