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Postdoctoral position: “DNP NMR crystallography of functional organic materials at natural isotopic abundance”
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Location: Marseille, France
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Postdoctoral position: “DNP NMR crystallography of functional organic materials at natural isotopic abundance”

The solid-state NMR group of the Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (ICR) at Aix-Marseille University is seeking highly motivated candidates for a postdoctoral position to work on an exciting project for excellent research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) in solid-state NMR and dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP) of organic materials.

Project: led by Dr. Giulia Mollica, the project combines methodological developments in hyperpolarised solid-state NMR (MAS DNP), X-ray diffraction and computational methods (first principle calculations of NMR observable, crystal structure prediction) to develop an innovative analytical approach to solve the structure of functional organic powders at natural isotopic abundance. The candidate will mainly work on the investigation of organic systems of interest for pharmaceutical applications, electronic devices and energy using NMR. Computational work complementing NMR experiments will be supported through collaborations with theoretical chemists in France and abroad.

The candidate will:

  • conceive new DNP NMR experiments to access spin-spin interactions on natural abundance spin systems
  • optimise the methods through numerical and analytical simulations
  • implement the newly devised experiments on the DNP NMR spectrometer
  • realise DFT calculations on periodic systems to help interpret the experimental results
  • actively participate to the installation of the new MAS DNP apparatus (June-September 2019).

Host institution/group: The Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (ICR) of Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of MAS DNP both for the development of new DNP-based analytical methods for the characterization of organic solids and for the ideation of the most efficient polarizing agents for MAS DNP. Located on the St. Jérôme campus of AMU in Marseille, in the south of France, ICR provides a unique environment bringing together complementary expertise in radical chemistry, MAS DNP, and materials science. The solid-state NMR group of the ICR lab is interested in the characterisation of organic materials (pharmaceutical compounds, synthetic and natural polymeric materials) by a combination of NMR methods and computation.

The successful candidate will have access to a large range of liquid and SSNMR spectrometers located on the St. Jérôme Campus in Marseille. Two SSNMR 9.4 T spectrometers equipped with the latest developed hardware and numerous MAS probes (for rotor diameters of 1.3, 2.5, 3.2, 4 and 7 mm) are available on site. A MAS DNP spectrometer will be installed in our laboratory in 2019.

He/she will be initially recruited for 12 months (renewable depending on results) funded by the CNRS under an ERC postdoctoral fellowship. The net monthly salary will be between 2000 and 3200 €, depending on experience.

CNRS has the label HR Excellence for research (HRS4R) and promotes transparency of the recruitment process and equal opportunities.

Marseille is the second biggest town of France. It is a sunny and living city located in the beautiful south of France. AMU is largest University of France for students and budget.

Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a degree in physical chemistry or physics, and a doctoral experience in solid-state NMR/DNP and/or computational methods on materials. Knowledge in computational methods for NMR is a clear asset, as it is experience with diffraction methods and crystallography.

Starting date: asap

Application procedure: to apply, please send:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter including short description of expertise area
  • 1-2 names for recommendation


Recent selected publications:

-P. Cerreia-Vioglio, G. Mollica, M. Juramy, C.E. Hughes, P.A. Williams, S. Viel, P. Thureau, K.D.M. Harris, Insights into the Crystallization and Structural Evolution of Glycine Dihydrate by In Situ Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57, 6619 (2018).

-M. Dekhil, G. Mollica, T. Texier-Bonniot, F. Ziarelli, P. Thureau, S. Viel, Determining carbon–carbon connectivities in natural abundance organic powders using dipolar couplings, Chem. Commun. 52, 8565 (2016)

-G. Mollica, M. Dekhil, F. Ziarelli, P. Thureau, S. Viel, Quantitative Structural Constraints for Organic Powders at Natural Isotopic Abundance Using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 6028 (2015).

KEYWORDS: NMR, DNP, solid, structure, function, computation, DFT, functional materials, method development, hyperpolarization, chemistry, physics

Dr. Giulia Mollica,

CNRS researcher

Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (ICR UMR 7273)

Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS

Campus St. Jérome

Service 512

13397 Marseille (France)


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