Postdoctoral fellowship in solid-state NMR spectroscopy
Postdoctoral fellowship in solid-state NMR spectroscopy at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Portugal within the Research Project PTDC/QEQ-QAN/6373/2014,financed by national funds through FCT/MEC and when applicable co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement, under the following conditions:
A 1-year postdoctoral position is readily available (with possibility for a 6-12 months extension) in NMR spectroscopy applied to functional sorbent materials at CICECO - Aveiro Materials Institute, University of Aveiro. We are looking for candidates with self-initiative and previous NMR background, preferably, in solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The post-doctoral researcher should be independent working at the NMR spectrometer and able to program or/and adapt pulse sequences to run specific experiments to study selected nanoporous inorganic-organic hybrid materials (e.g., zeolite, modified mesoporous silicas, PMOs, MOFs); the main goal lies in gaining an atomic-level understanding of the surface interactions formed between these materials and strategically labeled gas mixtures, mimicking industrial flue gas streams relevant in post-combustion CO2 capture applications. In exceptional cases, the lack of relevant NMR experience can be compensated with a demonstrated knowledge in porous materials or quantum chemical calculations. He will work between different projects with the opportunity to tackle industrially relevant problems related to catalysis, environmental or pharmaceutical sciences, involving CICECO researchers & industrial partners.
The successful candidate will take advantage of an interdisciplinary environment with privileged access to multiple solid-state characterisation equipments including 6 liquid/solid-state NMR spectrometers [Liquids: 300 and 500 MHz; Solids: 400, 500, 700 and 800 MHz magnets] with Bruker AV III HD consoles and a wide range of probes.
Materials Science; NMR spectroscopy
Academic Requirements / Qualifications:
- Prospective applicants should possess a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials, or related fields;
- Previous experience in NMR spectroscopy or pulse programming will be highly regarded (based on past peer-reviewed publications or any other equivalent indicator);
- Competencies in materials science or and/or computer modelling are also relevant skills for this position;
- Good English communication skills (oral + written) are mandatory;
- Applicants with experience in one or more of the topics below are greatly encouraged to apply.
a) NMR characterization or preparation/synthesis of functionalized/modified materials for gas capture applications;
b) Study of acid sites in crystalline and amorphous molecular sieves (e.g., zeolites);
c) DFT calculations of adsorbed molecules at surfaces and related computational methods.
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