Post-doc position in MAS DNP, Marseille, France

Postdoctoral position on “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 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 DNP of organic materials.

Project: The project, lead by Giulia Mollica, will combine methodological developments in dynamic nuclear polarisation 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 work will mainly concern the study of organic systems of interest for pharmaceutical applications, electronic devices and energy. Computational work complementing 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 to help interpret the experimental results

Host institution/group: The Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (ICR) of Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of MAS DNP both for the development of new DNP-based analytical methods for the characterisation of organic solids and for the ideation of the most efficient polarising agents for MAS DNP. ICR provides a unique environment bringing together complementary expertise in fields like 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. Computational work complementing experiments will be supported through collaborations with theoretical chemists in France and abroad.

The successful candidate will have access to a large range of liquid and SSNMR spectrometers via the analytical facility of AMU Spectropole ( 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. Solid-state DNP NMR experiments will be initially performed at the Bruker application center located near Strasbourg. A MAS DNP spectrometer will be installed in our laboratory in Marseille in 2019.

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.

The successful candidate will be initially recruited for 12 months (renewable). The net monthly salary will be between 2000 and 3000 €, depending on experience.

Preferred starting date: February 2019.

To apply through the CNRS portal:

For informal queries about the position and/or the lab, please send an email to Giulia Mollica:

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).

Giulia Mollica – Chargée de Recherche CNRS – ICR Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (UMR CNRS 7273)

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