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We are looking for a candidate to join the research group of Dr. Giuseppe Pileio to work on a project (Fixed Term for 3 years) funded by the Leverhulme Trust concerning the development of theory and methodology to study nuclear spins diffusing in porous media. The project runs within the Magnetic Resonance Section at the University of Southampton and is done in collaboration with Prof. Marcel Utz.

The project’s aim is to set up new diffusion-NMR based techniques to access structural information such as tortuosity in battery electrodes and 3D-printed scaffoldings for tissue engineering. To do so we will combine long-lived spin order methods with pulsed-field gradient techniques and field-cycling. The project is also supported by Bruker which will develop, together with us, ad-hoc low-field NMR hardware. 

    Our objectives are: 

  1. To develop a simulation framework to study spin relaxation due to magnetic inhomogeneities; 
  2. To develop a new methodology to perform diffusion-NMR experiments enhanced through its combination with long-lived spin order and field-cycling methods; 
  3. To test the developed methodology in model systems and porous media of factual importance, namely a 3D-printed scaffold for tissue engineering and the electrodes in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells.

Your primary role will be to take charge of the hardware developments and NMR experimental side of the project including: develop and assemble hardware in liaison with Bruker; set up NMR methodology and perform experiments and simulations on case studies. More information are available on request.

To be successful it is essential you have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or other project related subjects and experience with the NMR technique.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. Chemistry is ranked 6th for research intensity and 8th for research power among all UK’s universities. The Magnetic Resonance Section offers a huge expertise spanning from NMR theory to methodology in solid and liquid state, microfluidics and protein NMR. Our facilities include a 300MHz, two 400MHz, three 600MHz and a 700MHz NMR magnet with equipment for solid-state, liquid-state and micro-imaging applications.

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Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Giuseppe Pileio ( Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure
You should submit your completed application form at by midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44(0) 23 8059 4043 quoting the vacancy reference number 1233420EB-R on all correspondence.

Salary: £30,942 to £33,797
Employment Type: Full Time
Contact Information
Name: Dr. Giuseppe Pileio