Donnerstag, 11. Februar 2010


The NMR and Structure Analysis unit of the Department of Organic Chemistry of Gent University (Belgium) is involved in research activities in the (bio)chemical and material sciences using NMR spectroscopy as the main investigative tool.

For this purpose, it has available a range of fully equipped Bruker NMR spectrometers, including Avance 300 and 500 MHz spectrometers, and an AVANCE–II 700 MHz instrument, housed within the unit and part of the Interuniversitary NMR Facility, jointly operated between Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Antwerp University (UA).
By the end of 2010, a new 500 MHz system including a high gradient diffusion probe head will be delivered. Within this context, a three year, University funded postdoctoral position is available starting no later than June 1st 2010, to perform research in one of the following areas: characterisation of colloidal dispersions from quantum dot to pigment particles, the investigation of supramolecular structure and self-assembly, the study of intermolecular interactions and investigations of biomolecular dynamics. Techniques and methods used include high resolution diffusion NMR spectroscopy, high resolution MAS, heteronuclear relaxation methods and advanced structure analysis.

The duties of the successful applicant include:
Scientific research within the context of NMR research projects within the department. Scientific support and co-manager of the Interuniversity 700 MHz high field NMR facility and the new 500 MHz facility within the department. Mentoring of Master and PhD students. Contribute to the educational activities of the department – a minimum of 70% of the appointee’s time must be spent on scientific research.

We offer:
• The opportunity to fully participate in current research projects of the unit, in one of the areas mentioned above.
• The opportunity to play an active part in the creation and exploitation of the highest field NMR facility in the region.
• A competitive salary amounting to 1800-21100 €/month (commensurate with age and experience).

To be eligible, applicants should:
• Demonstrate knowledge and practical expertise in solution NMR spectroscopy, as demonstrated by publications in international journals and/or oral communications at national or international meetings.
• Demonstrate technical knowledge in the operation of Bruker NMR equipment (hardware and software) including implementation of new and existing pulse sequences.
• Demonstrate outspoken interest for student mentoring
• Have acquired a PhD degree by the time of appointment.

The Universiteit Gent is an equal opportunity employer.
For further information contact Prof. José Martins as soon as possible and before February 26th via e-mail:

Prof. dr. José C. Martins
Eenheid NMR en Structuuranalyse
Vakgroep Organische Chemie
Universiteit Gent
Krijgslaan 281 S4
B-9000 Gent
Tel.: +32(0)9-264-44-69
Fax: +32(0)9-264-49-72