Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, Specialising in Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy

Website Radboud University

  • 32 – 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,127
  • Faculty of Science
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 6 years
  • Application deadline: 27 September 2020

We are looking for

As a researcher, you will build up a research group that is able to attract research funding and provide supervision and guidance to undergraduate and graduate students and PhD candidates. Your teaching activities – with a focus on teaching physical chemistry and NMR methods – will be part of the Education Institute for Molecular Sciences, which is responsible for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Chemistry, Molecular Life Sciences and Science.

Your research must fit in with the research activities of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM). A unique aspect of the current research programme is that methods development is combined with realistic applications in materials science such as energy materials (Li-battery materials, hydrogen storage materials), catalysis, and polymers. We wish to expand this research to applications in soft matter, linking up with research in IMM on soft nanotechnology, self-assembly, and/or understanding the underlying principles of soft matter in a biomimetic context. A key aspect for unravelling structure-function relations in soft matter is the ability to probe local molecular interactions and dynamics. Characterisation at the molecular scale and the development of constitutive models are needed to aid new developments in this field. Novel NMR methodology and particularly the recent surge of methodological developments in solid-state 1H NMR and hyperpolarised magnetic resonance offer novel opportunities.

We ask

  • An enthusiastic scientist with research skills in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy, who wants to build up their own research group within IMM.
  • A lecturer who will participate in our faculty’s educational programmes.
  • A background in solid-state NMR demonstrated by publications and presentations at international conferences.

We are

The Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) is a research institute in chemistry and physics, which fosters interdisciplinary research. Its mission is to design and create functional molecules and materials to fundamentally understand their behaviour. IMM comprises 19 research groups active in areas ranging from condensed matter science to organic chemistry and chemical biology. We focus on fundamental research with an open eye for societal applications and educate the next generation of leaders in science and innovation.
IMM distinguishes itself from similar institutes by intense collaborations and interactions between chemists and physicists and between experimentalists and theorists. IMM has a strong infrastructure including large user facilities such as the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), the Free Electron Laser facility FELIX and part of the uNMR-NL facilities.

You will be part of the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, headed by Prof. Arno Kentgens, where research is focused on fundamentally new solid- and liquid-state NMR methodology and its application to functional materials and the analysis of complex mixtures. The centre hosts the national solid-state NMR facility for advanced materials science that is embedded in the national uNMR-NL facility. It has a range of state-of-the-art spectrometers at its disposal, including 300, 400, 600 and 850 MHz solid-state and 400, 500 and 600 MHz liquid-state NMR spectrometers. Dynamic nuclear polarisation capabilities are available at 400 MHz/263 GHz and 600 MHz/396 GHz. These spectrometers are equipped with a host of commercial and home-built probes, making it possible to detect numerous nuclei and materials. The centre has unique expertise on the development of miniaturised NMR probe technology. As of 2021, MRRC will house the uNMR-NL 950 MHz spectrometer, which has solid-state, liquid-state and micro-imaging capabilities. Furthermore the uNMR-NL consortium is among the first to get a 1.2 GHz spectrometer.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 – 40 hours per week.
  • A gross monthly salary from a minimum of €3,746 to a maximum of €5,826 based on a 38-hour working week (scale 11-12). The exact salary depends on your qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Further information on a tenure track at the Faculty of Science can be found here.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for a six-year period; after positive evaluation, you may be offered a permanent contract.
  • The intended start date is 1 January 2021.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Jana Roithová, Professor Spectroscopy and Catalysis
Email: roithova-office@science.ru.nl

prof. A. Kentgens,
Tel.: +31 24 365 52078
Email: a.kentgens@nmr.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. Jana Roithova and submit it, using the application button, no later than 27 September 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • A motivation letter.
  • Your CV including a list of publications and the names and contact details (including email addresses) of three potential references.
  • A selection of 3-5 of your most significant publications, along with brief descriptions thereof (please do not attach the original manuscripts).
  • A research statement, including a description of how your research programme will add novel aspects to, and align with, IMM’s research programme (maximum 2 pages).
  • A teaching statement (maximum 1.5 pages).

The first round of interviews will take place between 12 October and 18 October 2020.

To apply for this job please visit www.ru.nl.

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