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Research Associate - NMR Spectroscopy (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Alexander Forse at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. This project will develop NMR spectroscopy methods to study the molecular mechanisms of carbon dioxide capture by electrochemical cells.

Research in the Forse group centers around the development of new materials for climate change mitigation. "Electrochemical carbon dioxide capture" is a relatively new strategy for capturing carbon dioxide at source, and offers an energy-efficient means to prevent carbon dioxide emissions. The overarching aim of this post-doctoral position are (i) to develop the first detailed molecular picture of how carbon dioxide binds and moves in electrochemical cells during the capture process, and to (ii) inform the design of improved materials.

Day to day, the project will involve developing NMR methods to study electrochemical adsorption, carrying out NMR experiments (solid and/or solution state NMR) on working electrochemical cells, data analysis and interpretation, and working with PhD and Masters level students. The successful applicant will benefit from access to 400 and 700 MHz NMR spectrometers, gas adsorption instruments and potentiostats, as required for this project.

Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD with a focus on magnetic resonance (e.g. in one of the following areas, or related areas: solid state NMR, solution state NMR, magnetic resonance imaging, hyperpolarisation).

We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested, and we are keen to see as many applications as possible from BAME applicants, women, applicants with diverse gender identities, and other underrepresented groups. We encourage good work-life balance, and accommodate flexible working arrangements.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a cover letter, and a full list of your publications in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding applying online for this post, please contact Dr Alexander Forse (e-mail:

Please quote reference MA24150 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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