Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus

Fixed Term (2 years)

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the research group of Dr Giuseppe Pileio, in collaboration with Prof Malcolm H Levitt. The project, funded by EPSRC, concerns the development of NMR hardware and methodology that combines supercritical fluids with long-lived states NMR and dissolution-DNP to prolong the storage of hyperpolarised spin order allowing its transport to a remote location.

The research fellowship involves the design and assembly of hardware including low-field NMR, supercritical-CO2 chromatography (this development is done in collaboration with Jasco – a UK-based company leader in this industrial sector), high-pressure systems, automation and control systems. It also requires involvement in the development of NMR methodology and experiments. The research fellow will help to develop new research ideas and applications exploiting singlet magnetic resonance and dissolution-DNP. 

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification in either Physics or Engineering or any related field and have experience in the design, construction and operation of scientific instrumentation (in particular electrical circuits and digital and mechanical controllers). Knowledge of spin physics and/or basics of NMR theory is also desirable. Successful candidate is expected to have an excellent work ethic and commitment to achieve the project aims, be open-minded to collaboration with the other scientists of the project consortium, and be confident and able to regularly present research results at consortium meetings. She/He will be involved in general running of the laboratory including supervision of undergraduate project students as required, and expected to adhere to our strict safety standards.     

The successful candidate will be part of the Magnetic Resonance Section within Chemistry at the University of Southampton. The section offers a huge expertise that spans from theory of spin dynamics to NMR methodology in solid and liquid state, microfluidics NMR, protein NMR in liquid and solid state and NMR at cryogenic temperatures. 

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Giuseppe Pileio ( The start date is 20th of Feb 2017 with initial appointment for 2 years but with the possibility of a further extension of one more year, upon mutual satisfaction

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.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please contact Anastasia Shikhareva on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 785816EB - R on all correspondence. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees who have been former supervisors/colleagues.

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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