Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2008

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)