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Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (Fixed Term) - Ultralow-field magnetic resonance technologies

The Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), part of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, invites applications for an Early-Stage Researcher to work on a project as part of the EU Training Network (ETN) entitled Zero- and Ultralow-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (ZULF NMR):

The MRRC has pioneered the application of magnetic resonance to characterize molecular diffusion, transport and adsorption processes in heterogeneous catalysts. Recently, we have explored the use of magnetic resonance at ultralow magnetic fields to mitigate two of the downsides of NMR measurements: (1) that NMR is often expensive and (2) the use of strong magnetic fields is not always compatible with materials that need to be studied. In this project, we aim to extend the technique to measure slow dynamic processes including surface adsorption, as well as obtain spatially resolved NMR measurements.

The post-holder will focus on the acquisition of NMR data and development of the instrumentation but is welcome to interact strongly with other researchers at the MRRC focusing on computer modelling and catalyst development.

The project will also involve a research secondment of approximately 6 months, where you will spend time working on the research project at a partner institute of our consortium. There will extensive opportunities to engage with the other groups in the network including scientific meetings and training workshops.

If successful you will be paid according to Marie Curie standards, providing a generous employment contract along with further support for research, training and career development. Fellowships for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are fundable for up to 36 months and the tuition fees for the successful applicant will be covered. The salary will comprise a living allowance of €44895.96 and a mobility allowance of €7200.00. An additional allowance of €6000.00 may be payable but is dependent on individual family circumstances.

Eligibility criteria Applicants must meet the Marie Curie eligibility criteria, which require a suitable degree for entry into a PhD programme. Please visit the Marie Curie Web site for details:

In particular:

  1. Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

  2. Early-Stage Researchers must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

The Early-Stage Researcher will normally be expected to enrol on a PhD programme at the University of Cambridge. However, eligibility rules also allow applications to be considered from candidates whom have already enrolled on a PhD program at another institution, provided that their full-time research career has not exceeded 4 years by the date of recruitment and that they have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Applicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria should provide as part of their application: - An academic resume, - A statement of interests - A reference letter from one academic or NMR professional - A covering letter.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

To be considered for the position, you must apply via the University of Cambridge jobs website. You must also send your CV and cover letter to

Please contact Dr. Michael Tayler for informal inquiries and further information.

Please quote reference NQ14936 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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