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PhD student: Solid-state NMR of organic shales

PhD candidates are invited for a project involving advanced solid-state NMR method development combined with multi-spin quantum-mechanical computation. The application is characterization of hydrocarbon-bearing organic shales for potential gas or oil production. A full assay requires evaluation of the immobile organic phases in heterogeneous, mainly inorganic materials. High-resolution magic-angle-spinning NMR experiments will be accompanied by NMR relaxation measurements in the time domain, involving proton-proton dipolar decoupling, different pulses shapes and cycling etc. This will be complemented by improved simulations of  the time evolution of increasingly complex spin systems. A proportion of the student’s time will be spent in the sponsor’s low-field NMR laboratory at Schlumberger Gould Research. The project starting date is 1 October 2017.

Are you interested, and do you already have some NMR experience? Please, contact Dr Pieter Magusin,


Research Associate - Battery Materials x 4 (Fixed Term)

The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. Applications are invited for up to four post-doctoral research associate to work in the group led by Professor Clare P. Grey on the development and characterisation of rechargeable battery materials. The project will involve the use of standard and elaborated (e.g. spark plasma sintering, SPS) synthesis and various techniques for characterisation, e.g. powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Projects could involve the study of redox flow, lithium air, sodium and all solid-state batteries.

Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in inorganic/materials chemistry or other related areas. Previous experience in either solid-state NMR spectroscopy/magnetic resonance imaging (as applied to inorganic materials), ionic liquids, or electrochemistry (of batteries fuel cells) is essential. Experience with operando/in-situ methods (such as Raman, IR, TEM), and/or solid state batteries, is desirable. Ability to work in teams is desirable.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click here.

For queries regarding the post, please contact Sharon Connor (