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Design of 1H high-field solid-state NMR and low-field DNP experiments by optimal control

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Nanoscience programme. The position is available from November 2022 or later.

Design of 1H high-field solid-state NMR and low-field DNP experiments by optimal control

Research area and project description:
The project involves application and development of effective Hamiltonian and optimal control methods for systematic design of experimental methods within high-field 1H magic-angle-spinning NMR and low-field dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). The aim is to boost sensitivity and resolution of experiments for structural biology and materials science applications on state-of-the-art 950 MHz solid-state NMR and X-band pulsed DNP instrumentation. These “hot areas” of magnetic resonance have in common that they are challenged by large anisotropic spin interactions and large spin systems. This calls for new experiment design procedures optimally exploiting the experimental opportunities offered by ultrafast magic-angle-spinning (MAS) in 1H-based solid- state NMR and arbitrary waveform generators in EPR and DNP-enhanced NMR. In the project, we will develop design procedures, design novel experiments in the two areas of application, and form representative demonstrations within areas of structural biology and materials science.

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Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants must have a completed a Master’s degree (or at least 4 years of education) in Nanoscience, Chemistry, or Physics, Engineering, Data Science, or Applied Mathematics. The project involves theory, computation, and experimental work.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 14, DK-8000 Aarhus C., Denmark. 

iNANO, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (www.inano.au.dk), was established in 2002 and at present is a major research and education center based at Aarhus University hosting 60 senior scientists, ~100 PostDocs and ~100 PhD students. The center combines expertise and faculty from Physics, Chemistry, Molecular biology and Medicine to carry out world class interdisciplinary research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The center gives access to a broad range of infrastructure, tools and expertise including clean-room facilities. With a 5 year undergraduate nanotechnology programme and nanoscience graduate programme (www.inanoschool.au.dk) the center provides a full educational environment. In addition to the large base of basic research, the center has a large number of ongoing industrial projects and partnerships. 

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:
Professor Niels Chr. Nielsen, e-mail: ncn@chem.au.dk

How to apply:
For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see the Application guide. Please read the Application guide thoroughly before applying.

When ready to apply, go to https://phd.nat.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/ (Note, the online application system opens 1 June 2022)

  1. Choose August 2022 Call with deadline 1 August 2022 at 23:59 CEST.
  2. You will be directed to the call and must choose the programme “Nanoscience”.
  3. Under the headline Study: In the dropdown menu, please choose: “Design of 1H high-field solid-state NMR and low-field DNP experiments by optimal control (D1hsNM) ”

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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