Research Fellow in Microfluidic Magnetic Resonance

University of Southampton - Magnetic Resonance

The team of Professor Utz in the School of Chemistry are looking for a postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop novel microfluidic NMR techniques for the study of living systems.

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities! We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. Magnetic Resonance is a research focus area at Southampton, with currently 7 academic staff members, and a community of 10 postdoctoral researchers and numerous postgraduate and undergraduate students. A range of world-class NMR systems are available, including a 600 MHz cryoprobe system, various state-of-the art solid- and liquid state NMR spectrometers, EPR, dissolution-DNP, and para-hydrogen hyperpolarisation equipment. The University of Southampton is home to the the Zepler Institute, which provides access to world-class micro- and nanofabrication facilities.

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices are increasingly used to culture living systems (cells, tissue slices, and small organisms) under highly controlled conditions. At the same time, NMR spectroscopy is ideally suited to study living matter due to its specificity, linearity, and its ability to provide detailed molecular information completely non-invasively. The aim of the current project is to bring the power of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to bear on complex microfluidic lab-on-a chip devices. In this position, you will develop novel NMR-compatible lab-on-a-chip devices, use them to culture mammalian cells, and develop NMR protocols and methods to study them. In particular, we are interested in applying novel hyperpolarisation approaches to microfluidic Lab-on-a-chip devices.

If you are a passionate and creative researcher looking for an opportunity to broaden your scientific portfolio, this mutli-disciplinary research opportunity is ideal for you. While the initial appointment will be made for one year, extension is possible subject to performance and availability of funds.

Applications 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 completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For additional information before submitting your application, contact Prof. Marcel Utz: marcel.utz@southampton.ac.uk.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Anastasia Shikhareva on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 807916EB on all correspondence.

We hold an Athena Swan Silver Award demonstrating our commitment to providing equal opportunities and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.

The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. We would, therefore, consider requests to undertake this role on a part-time or a flexible working basis. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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