Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2010

Post-Doctoral position Solid-state NMR

Two-years Open Post-Doctoral position in Nantes (France)

Job description :Solid-state NMR characterisation of treated clays

Project details :

The job takes place in the frame of the well-established three years old
collaboration between the LCPC (Laboratoire Central des Ponts et
Chaussées) and the IMN (Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel UMR CNRS
6502). The global goal is a better understanding of the change of
macroscopic mechanical properties of soils after treatment with
additives (lime or cement) commonly used in earthworks and civil
engineering. This implies to understand precisely the effect of the lime
or cement on the soil minerals. In this frame, we are specifically
embarked in the precise characterization and a mechanistic description
of the reactants and products involved in relation to the preparation
conditions and the geotechnical properties of the treated soils. We
apply various techniques combining a global approach as X-ray
diffraction, Thermal Analysis and spectroscopies as IR, Raman and
solid-state NMR. Moreover, Scanning and Transmission Electron
microscopies are also used for microstructural and morphological
characterization of the soils and minerals.

The candidate will focus his attention on the solid-state NMR approach
(1H,29Si,27Al , 23Na nuclei …). The samples to be characterised are
lime, cement or mixed -treated clays prepared in various conditions
(curing time, temperature, water content). Clay samples include
kaolinite, smectite as well as mica families. Moreover, the selected
candidate will interact with all others people involved in the project
to discuss and match data.

The candidate should be chemist with high solid-state NMR skills. He
should be able to conduct advanced experiments and analyses by himself.
Experiments will be performed on 300 MHz and 500 MHz spectrometers. If
needed, access to higher fields is possible.

Information / Application :

The duration of the contract is 2 years and the estimated net salary per
month 2000 €.
For further information or for written applications, including
curriculum vitae, summary of research interest and experience, please
contact :

Pr. Guy Ouvrard Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (UMR CNRS 6502) 2,
rue de la Houssinière, BP 3229 44322 Nantes Cedex. France. Tel: +33 240
37 39 21 Fax: +33 240 37 39 95, E-mail:


Dr. Michaël Paris, Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (UMR CNRS 6502),
Tel: +33 240 37 39 01 Fax: +33 240 37 39 95, E-mail:


Dr. Dimitri Deneele, Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, Centre
de Nantes, Route de Bouaye, BP 4129 44341 Bouguenais Cedex. France. Tel:
+33 240 84 58 02, Fax: +33 240 84 59 93, E-mail:

Dienstag, 26. Januar 2010

Temporary Scientist Position CEA-Saclay (Paris/France)

Post-Doc / Temporary Scientist Position
CEA-Saclay (Paris/France)

One fellowship is currently available to join the group of Dr. Dimitris SAKELLARIOU in the Laboratory of Structure and Dynamics using Magnetic Resonance at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique of Saclay, close to Paris, in France. The research in the group is primarily directed at designing novel permanent magnet MR devices, MRI sensors and micro-detectors.

This fellowship is funded by the European Research Council. The project is to develop novel instrumentation for small animal in-vivo MRS applications and the research of the candidate should focus in this framework. The duration is 12 months (with the possibility to extend up to 36 months) and the net salary will be approximately 2000 - 3000 Euros/month (depending on the experience of the candidate).

Prospective candidates should have a physics or engineering background and demonstrated experience in any of the following areas: instrumentation, radio-frequency/electrical engineering, magnetometry, low-field NMR/MRI, magnet/probe design.

Our group is part of the Laboratory of Structure and Dynamics using Magnetic Resonance, which provides state-of-the-art research facilities in low-field and high-field NMR spectroscopy, in a highly collegial environment involving a large number of NMR spectroscopists and a very large variety of international scientists (The site of the CEA in Saclay is one of the largest multidisciplinary National Laboratories in Europe: Candidates must be fluent (written / spoken) in English.

Applicants should send:
1) a curriculum vitae including the list of their publications,
2) two letters of reference.
directly by email to:

D. Sakellariou,

solid-state NMR position in Australia

Research Scientist (Solid State NMR Spectroscopy, REF. 6872NET)
Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Salary Level A: A$54K - A$73K per year (plus up to 17% employer
superannuation plus leave loading).

Details at
Applications are invited for an experienced post-doctoral research scientist
with skills and knowledge in the applications of solid state NMR
spectroscopy. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the
University-wide NMR Facility ( which has recently
received ARC funding for a major initiative in solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
The appointee will implement advanced solid state NMR spectroscopic
techniques to enable research and collaborations in the areas of molecular &
life sciences, medicine, materials and engineering within UNSW and with
partner organisations, as well as train research staff and students in these
areas of specialization.

A relocation package is available for the successful inter-state or overseas

This is a fixed term position for a period of three years.

Applicants should systematically address the selection criteria in their
application and provide the contact details (phone/email) of 3 referees.

Having read the documentation, please direct relevant enquiries to the
manager of the Facility, Dr James Hook
on (61 2) 9385 4689 or

Dr. James M. Hook
Manager, NMR Facility Ph: 61-2-9385 4689
Analytical Centre Fax: 61-2-9385 4699
Chemical Sciences Building
Australia 2052

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Dr. James M. Hook
Manager, NMR Facility Ph: 61-2-9385 4689
Analytical Centre Fax: 61-2-9385 4699
Chemical Sciences Building
Australia 2052

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Mittwoch, 20. Januar 2010

Ph.D. student / postdoctoral fellow in solid-state NMR

Dear colleagues,

We have immediate openings for a Ph.D. student and a postdoctoral fellow in solid-state NMR at Utrecht University.
Researchers with a strong background or interest in NMR methodology and its application to bio-molecules/-materials are particularly welcome to apply.
For further information regarding the details of the research and of the appointments, interested candidates
should contact me ( directly.
best wishes
Marc Baldus

Montag, 18. Januar 2010

postdoc positions solid state NMR of membrane proteins

Two postdoc positions are available immediately in solid state NMR of membrane proteins in my research group at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Spectroscopy is conducted on a range of instruments from 400 to 900 MHz. Applicants with experience in NMR, preferably biological solid state NMR are encouraged to apply. This NIH funded science is focused on the characterization of potential drug targets for fighting TB and Influenza. While much of my lab's focus has been on aligned samples, I am also interested in pursuing magic angle spinning approaches for characterizing these important membrane protein targets. It has become increasing clear that these proteins must be characterized in lipid bilayer environment. Solid state NMR is becoming the key technology for the characterization of membrane proteins. Please send a CV and the names and addresses of three references to me if you are interested. Additional information is also available upon request.

Timothy A. Cross
NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging Program Director
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32310-3706
Tel: 850-644-0917; Fax:: 850-644-1366; email:

PhD position in Solid State NMR & Glass

PhD position in Solid State NMR & Glass

A 3-year PhD position is available at the University of Lille and CEA (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique). Requirements for the position are a master diploma (or related degree) in physics, chemistry, materials or related field.
The research program involves the synthesis and characterization of glasses for the Vitrification of high-sulfate content nuclear wastes. The aim is to study the structural effect of some selected oxides on the glass network, with the objective of maximizing the sulphate content in the glass.
The characterizations will involve thermophysical methods and multinuclear solid-state NMR. The NMR group at the University of Lille develops new NMR methods, that will be employed for the glass characterization. The student will have full access to high-field spectrometers (18.8 and 21T) at the NMR center of Lille.
The interested candidate may send an application to prof Lionel Montagne :

Freitag, 15. Januar 2010

University Lecturership in Biochemistry

University Lecturership in Biochemistry, Structural Cell Biology - in association with an Official Fellowship at Somerville College, University of Oxford

Salary £42,351 pa - £56,917 per annum

Applications are invited for a University Lecturership in Biochemistry, Structural Cell Biology - in the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, a permanent academic post upon the successful completion of a probationary period. A Tutorial Fellowship at Somerville College is attached to this position.

The successful applicant will join a team of biophysicists and structural biologists at the heart of a vibrant community of biomedical scientists within the attractive new Biochemistry Building in Oxford. The principal duty will be to establish and lead a world-class research programme in the area of structural cellular biology, exploiting multiple techniques, ideally including NMR spectroscopy. The successful applicant will have, or show promise of, developing an international reputation for scholarship and research, and will contribute to and benefit from a full role in the academic life of the Biochemistry Department and Somerville College.

Further particulars for the post are available on the university website at

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor
Kim Nasmyth, Professor of Biochemistry and Head of Department on: (01865) 613212.
Applications (seven copies except from candidates overseas who need send only one), should be sent to: The Head of Department, Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford
OX1 3QU, UK, quoting reference: AL09062.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 29 January 2010.

Anthony Watts, Managing Editor,
Oxford Biomembrane Structure Unit, European Biophysics Journal,

Biochemistry Department,
University of Oxford,
South Parks Road,

Postdoctoral Position in Protein NMR Rutgers University

Postdoctoral Position in Protein NMR
Rutgers University at Newark
Newark, NJ, USA

A postdoctoral position, funded primarily by an NIH grant, is available immediately to study by NMR the solution structure and inter-component interactions in pyruvate dehydrogenase and related multienzyme complexes from different sources. The complexes are important in metabolism and are excellent models for biological regulation as well. The suitability of solution state NMR for their study has been established. The group has more than 30 years of experience with thiamin enzymes with active collaborations in both solution and solid state NMR spectroscopy. The laboratory is located in the New York metropolitan area, an outstanding environment for research.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in biomolecular, triple-resonance NMR, especially the complete assignments and the solution structure determination of large proteins. Experience and interest in enzymology, molecular biophysics, and protein preparation and purification are welcome. The project is on track to yield information not available by x-ray structural studies to date. The candidate will be the major user of an in-house Varian Inova 600 MHz spectrometer and will have access to an 800 MHz NMR instrument as needed.

Please send inquiries, applications, and two to three letters of recommendation to:
Professor Frank Jordan at

Opening for PhD Student in biological Solid-State NMR at ETH

In the solid-state NMR group at ETH Zurich ( we have two openings for PhD students in the fields of:

1) MAS / HRMAS of "soft" material like cells and lipids: The project involves the development of NMR methods to investigate “soft” material (like cells, lipid systems, biopsies, solid-phase
synthesis beads) under MAS as well as the applications of such methods to the study of intact bacterial cells.

2) Protein Structure Determination by solid-state NMR: While the first de novo structures from solid-state NMR have been
published (for microcrystals and fibrils), much development is still needed in order to obtain meaningful
structures and judge the quality of the results. In our group, we address the methodological developments using crystalline proteins and apply the method to prion fibrils and membrane proteins.

For more information please contact Prof. Beat H. Meier at