PhD student or Postdoc @ MPI CEC

The EPR research group at MPI CEC is looking for a
PhD student or Postdoc (m/f/div) in EPR spectroscopy
The position is available from September 1st 2022. The doctoral researcher will work on a 3-year-doctoral-program and the postdoctoral position is initially for 24 months, with the possibility of an additional one-year renewal.
Your tasks:
The appointed researcher will utilize and further develop advanced (in situ) EPR techniques to understand active sites in solid state and molecular catalysts, and the generation of radical intermediates during catalytic action. The EPR group at MPI CEC employs electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques to monitor and characterize paramagnetic states relevant in energy conversion and storage processes. We develop and apply state-of the art EPR spectrometers ranging from GHz to THz frequencies. This position thus provides the possibility to conduct pioneering research at the interface of spectroscopy and catalysis research.
Your qualifications:
For the PhD position, we require the Master’s degree certificate and for the postdoctoral position, we also require the PhD degree in physics/physical chemistry or a related discipline. The candidate should have a strong background in spectroscopy (ideally magnetic resonance), inorganic chemistry, and a sound foundation in basic concepts of quantum mechanics and the design of scientific instruments.
Our offer:
We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned research institute, family-friendly jobs and flexible working hours. The PhD will be remunerated according to the Max Planck Society´s funding guidelines for junior scientists and the postdoctoral position according to TVöD (Bund) in line with your qualifications and professional experience.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Your detailed application should include a cover letter with description of past experience, a curriculum vitae with the contact details of three referees and a copy of your degree certificate. If we have aroused your interest then please send your application preferably in digital form until 22nd of August 2022 stating the reference code AS014 to:
Dr. Alexander Schnegg Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion Stiftstrasse 34-36 45470 Muelheim an der Ruhr Germany

Post Doc @ Hoffman Lab

Post Doc @ Hoffman Lab


Post-doctoral positions in the group of

Professor Brian M. Hoffman of Northwestern University.

We determine the catalytic mechanisms of metalloenzymes through the development and implementation of electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy, a combination of NMR and EPR. This technique is uniquely able to determine active site composition and electronic and geometric structures, not merely for an enzyme resting state but, most importantly, for key trapped catalytic and photogenerated intermediates. Characterization of key intermediates reveals mechanism!

Among the array of projects reflected in recent publications are ongoing studies of multiple central issues at the intersections of Inorganic Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biology. (i) Biological ‘nitrogen fixation’ – the reduction of N2 to two NH3 molecules by the enzyme nitrogenase – the source of ~50% of the N atoms in humans today; (ii) catalysis of H-atom transfer by enzymes of the vast radical SAM (S-adenosyl methionine) superfamily, comprising over 500,000 members, which initiate radical reactions by homolytic cleavage of SAM to form the highly reactive 5’-deoxyadenosyl radical (5’-dAdo•); (iii) Cu methane monooxygenase, which oxidizes methane to methanol and is central to mitigating emissions of methane, the potent greenhouse gas; (iv) in vivo speciation of Mn2+ as determined by EPR/ENDOR, for this cannot be achieved by cellular fractionation,  thereby identifying Mn2+ complexes with roles as primary defender against radiation, in controlling vertebrate fertilization, and as indicators of the likelihood of the persistence of viable lifeforms on Mars(!).

            Parallel studies of synthetic, biomimetic complexes provide constraints that help identify intermediates trapped during catalysis, and that are moreover of intrinsic importance as Jahn-Teller active systems that exhibit novel dynamic properties.

Selected recent publication illustrating these projects and exemplifying our approach can be found at the Northwestern Chemistry Department core-faculty website,



Preferred background: Magnetic Resonance (EPR/ENDOR), and/or Biochemistry, and/or Computational Chemistry.

Contacts welcomed (bmh@northwestern.edu) with Skype/Zoom conversations to follow

Open PhD positions in the Bordignon group – University of Geneve

We have two open PhD positions starting in spring 2022!

1. ABC Transporters
Are you interested in biophysics and membrane proteins? Are you ready to tackle a challenging project which combines quantum mechanics with novel in-cell experiments in a highly interdisciplinary environment? The task: Using EPR to study the effect of point mutations in a multidrug exporter in vitro and in cells.

Your profile: MSc in physics, physical chemistry or biophysics. A very good knowledge in quantum mechanics is mandatory, some experience in magnetic resonance methodology is desirable.

What we offer: Successful candidates will get the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary collaborative project between my group at the University of Geneva and the group of Prof. Seeger at the University of Zurich. They will be using state-of-the-art in-cell EPR methods and build up a strong and versatile scientific network. Our group strongly supports gender and diversity in science.

2. Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation
Are you interested in physical chemistry and liquid-liquid phase separation? Are you ready to tackle a challenging project which combines EPR, imaging, fluorescence, THz and Raman spectroscopy? The task: Using spectroscopy to understand how proteins’ dynamics and solvation change during the formation of liquid droplets.

Your profile: MSc in physics, physical chemistry or biophysics. A very good knowledge in thermodynamics is mandatory, some experience in magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy is desirable.

What we offer: Successful candidates will get the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary project in my group at the University of Geneva. They will be using state-of-the-art EPR methods and build up a strong and versatile scientific network in the faculty of Science at UNIGE.

If you are interested, please send your CV, a motivation letter and reference letters directly to enrica.bordignon@unige.ch.

Postdoctoral position: Protein disorder in RNA-protein interactions: from dynamic structures to pathology

Postdoctoral position: Protein disorder in RNA-protein interactions: from dynamic structures to pathology
Jeschke group (EPR Spectroscopy). ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Project description:
In a Sinergia project funded by Swiss National Science Foundation, we address structure and functional relevance of intrinsically disordered protein domains (IDDs) of RNA-binding proteins. This includes liquid-liquid phase separation phenomena, which underlie formation of transient membraneless organelles, such as stress granules. We collaborate with the groups of Ben Schuler (University of Zurich, single-molecule FRET), Frédéric Allain (ETH Zurich, NMR), and Magdalini Polymenidou (University of Zurich, cell and tissue biology, superresolution microscopy).
Our part of the project uses continuous-wave EPR, Overhauser DNP measurements of water accessibility, and distance distribution measurements by double electron electron resonance (DEER) for obtaining information on structure and dynamics of (IDDs) in the dispersed and condensed state at ambient temperature and after fast freezing. We generate ensemble models by integrating information from EPR, NMR, small-angle scattering techniques and, potentially, FRET.
The successful candidate will design and develop spectroscopically orthogonal spin labelling methodology, use DEER and NMR paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) measurements to gather restraints for integrative structure modelling, and will be involved in further development of our modelling approach.
The candidate is either an NMR spectroscopist with experience in biochemistry and biophysics, who is interested in EPR spectroscopy or an EPR spectroscopist with interest in biological applications and in NMR. Candidates should have a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics.
Interested candidates should send a C.V., motivation letter and the names of two referees to gjeschke@ethz.ch. Deadline 15th May 2022.
Facilities and Competence: We are situated at the Hönggerberg campus of ETH Zurich, in easy commuting distance to the city campus of ETH and to the Irchel campus of University of Zurich. For this project, we have a share in wet-lab facilities and NMR spectrometers of the Allain group in the Department of Biology of ETH.
Our group operates fully equipped commercial pulsed EPR spectrometers at X-, Q-, and W-band frequency and home-built spectrometers at S-, X-, and Q-band frequencies, among them two unique ultra-wideband home-built spectrometers at X- and Q-band frequencies. We develop the protein ensemble modelling package MMMx (https://mmmx.info) that uses distance distribution information for specifying ensemble width.
Jeschke group:
Relevant publications of the group
G. Jeschke, L. Esteban-Hofer, Methods in Enzymology, in press, doi: 10.1016/bs.mie.2022.02.010 (2022) Integrative ensemble modeling of proteins and their complexes with distance distribution restraints
I. Ritsch, L. Esteban-Hofer, E. Lehmann, L. Emmanouilidis, M. Yulikov, F. H.-T. Allain, G. Jeschke, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences 8, 636599. doi: 10.3389/fmolb.2021.636599 (2021) Characterization of Weak Protein Domain Structure by Spin-Label Distance Distributions.
L. Emmanouilidis, L. Esteban-Hofer, F. F. Damberger, T. deVries, C. K. X. Nguyen, L. Fabregas Ibanez, S. Mergenthal, E. Klotzsch, M. Yulikov, F. H.-T. Allain, Nature Chemical Biology 17, 608-614 doi: 10.1038/s41589-021-00752-3 (2021) NMR and EPR reveal a compaction of the RNA-binding protein FUS upon droplet formation
G. Jeschke, Protein. Sci. 30, 125-135 doi: 10.1002/pro.3965 (2021) MMM: Integrative ensemble modeling and ensemble analysis
G. Masliah, C. Maris, S. L. Konig, M. Yulikov, F. Aeschimann, A. L. Malinowska, J. Mabille, J. Weiler, A. Holla, J. Hunziker, N. Meisner-Kober, B. Schuler, G. Jeschke, F. H. Allain, EMBO J. 37, UNSP e97089 (2018), Structural basis of siRNA recognition by TRBP double-stranded RNA binding domains
G. Jeschke, Emerging Topics in Life Science, 2, 9-18, doi: 10.1042/ETLS20170143 (2018) The contribution of modern EPR to structural biology
C. Gmeiner, G. Dorn, F. H. T. Allain, G. Jeschke, M. Yulikov, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 28360-28380 (2017) Spin labelling for integrative structure modelling: a case study of the polypyrimidine-tract binding protein 1 domains in complexes with short RNAs
G. Jeschke, Proteins 84, 544-560 (2016), Ensemble models of proteins and protein domains based on distance distribution restraints
O. Duss, M. Yulikov, F. H.-T. Allain, G. Jeschke, Methods in Enzymology, 558, 279-331 (2015) Combining NMR and EPR to Determine Structures of Large RNAs and Protein–RNA Complexes in Solution
O. Duss, E. Michel, M. Yulikov, M. Schubert, G. Jeschke, F. H.-T. Allain Nature, 509, 588-592. (2014) Structural basis of the non-coding RNA RsmZ acting as protein sponge

Research Fellow in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy

We have a 3 year postdoctoral research fellow position in EPR spectroscopy, available in the Pliotas Lab (pliotasgroup.org) in the Astbury Centre (astbury.leeds.ac.uk), at University of Leeds. The BBSRC-funded project involves the application of PELDOR/DEER distance measurements (Qband) on spin labelled protein complexes to elucidate their mechanism and dynamics. The application deadline is on the 7th of January 2022.

The project will involve regular trips to the national EPR facilities in Manchester consisting of Bruker cwEPR (L-, S-, X-, K- and Q-bands), pulse-EPR (X-band, 2K base temperature; Q/Sband, 2K; X-band 7K, with AWG technology) to set up and perform PELDOR/DEER experiments. The postholder will also perform PELDOR/DEER distance restrained Molecular Dynamics, using the Arc3&4 supercomputers in Leeds, complemented by CryoEM and HDX-MS measurements.

For more details on this post and how to apply please check the following link: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=FBSBM1160

Interested applicants should contact directly Dr Christos Pliotas (c.pliotas@leeds.ac.uk) for informal inquiries.

PhD opportunity: Next generation electrochemical EPR techniques to study redox flow reactions

Supervisors: Maxie M Roessler (Imperial College London), John JL Morton (University College London), Anthony R Kucernak (Imperial College London)

Unpaired electrons have an impact on our society on many levels, e.g. in IT/communication (the modern computer) and in fundamentally understanding enzymes underpinning disease or bioinspired technology. We will take advances in the field of quantum technologies and electrochemistry and apply them to electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to enable novel applications.

Electrochemical EPR is currently limited by the desire to use highly ionically-conductive solutions for electrochemical purposes with a preference for low relative permittivity materials for EPR, leading to a conflict in requirements. We recently demonstrated the first direct potential control of redox centres in molecules of any size through film-electrochemical EPR (FE-EPR). In this project we will use microresonators to generate spins at the point of maximum sensitivity, simultaneously acting as EPR resonator and working electrode (WE), enabling optimal conditions for both electrochemistry and EPR for the first time. Eliminating the ‘conductivity compromise’ and diffusion of the redox-active species to the WE through surface confinement should enable microresonator FE-EPR to investigate the formation, evolution and nature of very low-concentration radicals during (electro)catalysis and charge storage and hence have a far-reaching impact across many disciplines.

We propose to: (1) Demonstrate proof-of-concept of microresonator FE-EPR (using Au-coated micro-resonators, providing a versatile surface for functionalization); (2) Show its first application to charge generation and storage in battery-relevant non-aqueous and aqueous redox centres such as non-aqueous organic redox species for flow batteries; (3) Apply the technique to biomaterials, to understand how the bacterial protection system MsrP/Q, found in major human pathogens, functions.


Candidates must apply to the Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials in London (ACM CDT) in the first instance (deadline 14th of December, interviews in January): https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CKW470/epsrc-and-sfi-centre-for-doctoral-training-in-the-advanced-characterisation-of-materials-cdt-acm-industrial-phd-studentships

Informal enquiries welcome (m.roessler@imperial.ac.uk)

Post-doctoral position for the implementation of EPR spectroscopy in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry’s NMR Core Laboratory 

The EPR Post-Doctoral Scholar in the NMR Core plays a key role in implementing and expanding the use of EPR spectroscopy in the Core while also supporting NMR spectroscopy consistent with their expertise.  This individual will collaborate with faculty, post-docs and students in magnetic resonance as well as train users and assist with the maintenance of instrumentation.  The position is designed to enhance and develop managerial skills while expanding technical expertise in magnetic resonance.


The research role (50%) includes a heavy emphasis on developing standard and advanced operating procedures in EPR spectroscopy and sharing capabilities with students and researchers.  Training, seminars and advanced training workshops are expected along with simulations and direct consultation and collaboration with research groups.  EPR applications include low temperature, time resolved experiments and the monitoring of light induced chemistry.


The laboratory management role (50%) involves working with the laboratory team to maintain a readily accessible and reliable collection of instrumentation for the acquisition of EPR and NMR data.  This includes coordinating with core staff to support high throughput runs using the sample changers on NMR spectrometers, general maintenance of EPR and NMR spectrometers and associated magnets, diagnosing instrument issues and assisting and training users in both EPR and NMR spectroscopy.  Additional experience in managing a major magnetic resonance laboratory is possible, consistent with abilities.


Contact: Marc ter Horst, PhD.   NMR Core Laboratory Director

terhorst@unc.edu, 919-843-5802

f-Element Molecular Magnetism / EPR Postdoctoral Opportunity @ NHMFL

The position is funded by the US Department of Energy program “Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science”. The project, titled “Molecular f-Element Qubits with Controllable Quantum Coherence and Entanglement”, is led by Stefan Minasian at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), with collaborators at UC Berkeley and the MagLab. Work at the MagLab involves application of advanced high-field/frequency pulsed EPR methods to the study of molecular lanthanide and actinide complexes with a view to their potential use in quantum information science applications. The successful applicant would have access to world-class facilities and an outstanding network of collaborators.


Expectations include a willingness to learn new techniques and concepts, and an ability to contribute intellectually to the Department of Energy Project that will fund the position. Primary duties include: (i) operating advanced instrumentation at the MagLab and collecting EPR data on samples provided by collaborators, primarily molecular magnetic lanthanide and actinide complexes; (ii) spearheading efforts aimed at analyzing and interpreting the results of these experiments; and (iii) developing drafts of manuscripts describing this work, with a view to publication in leading journals. Funds are available within the project (and from other sources) that will allow travel to present research outcomes at regional, national and international conferences. The successful candidate is expect to be able to work independently, whilst also recognizing that they will be part of a larger collaborative team involving immediate group members, MagLab scientists and external collaborators.



Stephen Hill


Postdoctoral research positions at Argonne

The Solar Energy Conversion Group at Argonne National Laboratory is looking for two postdoctoral appointees to study quantum spin phenomena following light-induced charge transfer in photosynthetic proteins using advanced EPR spectroscopy – see link below for a detailed description. The positions are open until candidates are chosen.

Please, forward this message to qualified candidates which may be interested in this position.


Postdoctoral research position: Quantum circuits for ultra-low volume EPR spectroscopy

The post-doctoral project will center on developing and building an Electron Spin Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy tool based on quantum circuits technology. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the ability to detect and characterize samples with ultra-small volumes. The gain in absolute and concentration sensitivity will be based on earlier developments [1-2] based on quantum circuits techniques, in particular high quality factor small mode volumes superconducting resonators and quantum-limited amplifiers. The candidate will namely work on building fast tunable matching circuits and integrated broadband quantum-limited detection circuits to extend these early experiments to short-lived species. A successful implementation of these circuits will enable the applicant to measure target species encompassing typical EPR characterization species, nitroxide labels and other markers, and protein crystals. The post-doc will take place in the Quantum circuits group at ENS de Lyon, which is an expert in quantum circuit technologies for quantum sensing and quantum information processing.

An ideal candidate will thus have background in pulsed EPR (or NMR), and/or experimental superconducting circuits and/or quantum systems in condensed matter. Experience in the following will be appreciated: pulsed EPR schemes, nanofabrication, low-temperature measurements, and/or microwave instrumentation and design.

If you like experimental physics, want to enjoy living in one of the world food capitals and its nearby outdoors attractions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Audrey Bienfait (audrey.bienfait@ens-lyon.fr). Further details on the position and application process can be found on the application website. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, preferably in the Fall 2020. The position is for one year, with possible extension.

[1] A. Bienfait et al., Nature Nanotechnology, 11, 253–257 (2016)
[2] V. Ranjan et al., Applied Physics Letters 116 (18), 184002 (2020)

PhD and Postdocs to combine new methods at the interface between EPR and NMR spectroscopy

The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is one of the largest institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and conducts basic research to advance knowledge and benefit society. Innovative projects and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize research within the Max Planck Society. The research group of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy (Prof. Dr. Marina Bennati) invites applications for positions as

PhD and Postdocs(f/m/d)

The positions are funded by the ERC advanced grant Bio-enMR, which aims at establishing spectroscopic methods at the interface between EPR and NMR spectroscopy. Specifically, we develop electron nuclear double resonance and liquid-state dynamic nuclear polarization for the investigation of bio-macromolecules, for instance the interaction of enzymes with drugs. Work will include collaborative research at the national and international level.

Your Profile:

Master/PhD or equivalentacademic degree in Physics or Chemistry
background in magnetic resonance spectroscopy
experience in the field of either EPR or NMR (for a Postdoc position)

Additional Information: PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs of the Göttingen graduate schools with four years funding. Postdoc positions are limited to two years with possibility of extensions. The positions are available from October 2021 but the starting date is flexible.

Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your application including a short letter of motivation, CV, a list of publications, and email addresses of two referees preferably via e-mail as a single PDF file to

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Prof. Dr. Marina Bennati
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen

Information pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection and processing of personal data during the application process can be found on our website below the respective job advertisement.

Post Doc @ Goldfarb Lab

Post-doctoral positions in the Goldfarb group at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
I have a couple of post-doc positions in my lab on the development and applications of pulse EPR distance measurements on proteins inside cells. The aim is to probe structure of proteins in their native environment, to explore conformational changes due to interaction with other proteins and ligands in the cell, and detect response to cellular processes that may lead to conformational changes. This is based mainly on the use of Gd3+ spin labeling schemes, but not only, that are compatible with the reductive environment of the cell. This includes the development of new in-situ labeling schemes, expanding the measurements to include ENDOR (electron-nuclear double resonance) techniques. In terms of specific biological systems we are interested in the focus is the Hsp90 chaperon and its interaction with drugs.
Background required: Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and/or Magnetic Resonance (NMR or EPR).
Information about the Weizmann Institute and its post-doctoral program can be found at http://www.weizmann.ac.il/ and https://www.weizmann.ac.il/feinberg/admissions/about-program, respectively.
For those who are interested, or have any questions please contact :
Professor Daniella Goldfarb
Department of Chemical and Biological Physics
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, 76100 Israel
E. Mail : daniella.goldfarb@weizmann.ac.il

Professor on THz spectroscopy

A new open position for an associate or full professor on THz spectroscopy in high magnetic fields. at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.


PhD position in transient pulse EPR and optical spectroscopy

Applications are invited for a doctoral position to work in the group of Dr. S. Richert within the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

The project aims at investigating the factors influencing spin-information transfer in organic multi-spin systems by combining modern optical spectroscopy and pulse EPR. Through the work on the project, the successful candidate will be made familiar with (i) state-of-the-art pulse EPR methods and (ii) modern optical spectroscopic techniques from the femtosecond to the microsecond time scale and learn about their applicability to current research challenges in the field of molecular spintronics.
Depending on the strengths and interests of the successful applicant, the focus of the individually designed subproject may either lie on the theoretical (programming, data analysis and simulations, method development) or practical (spectroscopic measurements, synthesis) aspects of the project. For further details please see: https://www.richert.uni-freiburg.de

Highly motivated candidates with a master’s degree (obtained no longer than three years ago) in either chemistry or physics are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have a solid background in physical chemistry (spectroscopy), good presentation and writing skills in English and/or German, and must be able to work independently as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment. Previous experience with programming (MATLAB, Python), advanced optical spectroscopy, or magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is advantageous, but not required.

For details regarding the application process and possible starting dates please contact Dr. S. Richert.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020-00410)

Postdoctoral fellowship in biophysics and structural biology of signaling kinases and membrane transporters

We are looking for highly motivated applicants for a postdoctoral fellow in the Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University, beginning in the spring of 2020. Successful candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics, with research experience in structural biology/spectroscopy (EPR spectroscopy, Electron Cryomicroscopy, or X-ray crystallography). The lab focuses on the molecular understanding of the cellular release mechanism of the brain-type creatine kinase and sphingosine kinase isoforms 1 and 2 as key therapeutic targets in a wide variety of neoplastic, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, the lab investigates the structural dynamics of membrane transporters associated with the survival of metastatic cells. Projects will combine EPR restraint-assisted modeling with other structural studies. Applicants should be able to think critically and demonstrate productivity throughout previous research experiences. Compensation will be competitive based on experience.

The Doisy Research Center EPR facility is equipped with an EMX X-band continuous-wave (CW) EPR spectrometer, and a Bruker ELEXSYS E580 pulse EPR spectrometer capable of pulse and CW EPR spectroscopy at both X and Q-bands, as well as a variety of ELDOR and ENDOR spectroscopies. The candidate will have access to a Phoenix robotic instrumentation from Art Robbins Instruments for the preparation, screening, and imaging of crystals and two Rigaku X-ray generators for the collection of high-resolution data on macromolecular samples (https://biochem.slu.edu/facilities-resources/). Cryo-EM images will be collected on a state-of-the-art Titan Krios G3 300kV Cryo-TEM available at our affiliated WUCCI center (https://wucci.wustl.edu/facilities/cryo-em/).

Online Application Form:

PhD position: DNP/MAS NMR using photo-excited triplet states

The research group of Dr. Guinevere Mathies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Konstanz is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to join our international team. He or she will investigate if and how the high polarization generated in the photo-excited triplet states of organic molecules can be used for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP). This project is part of a larger effort in our group to develop new forms of DNP to enhance the sensitivity of high-resolution magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR.

The candidate we look for has a MSc degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related field and research experience in EPR spectroscopy is very welcome. He or she is highly motivated, driven by curiosity, and can work independently as well as in a team.

The PhD position is planned for 3 years with the possibility of extension and a salary according to the German TVL E13 67% scale. It is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, send a cover letter and a CV to Dr. Guinevere Mathies at guinevere.mathies@uni-konstanz.de.

For more information, visit our website: https://www.chemie.uni-konstanz.de/mathies

Postdoctoral Scientist Position (Biochemistry & ESR Spectroscopy)

The Macromolecular Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Spectroscopy group located in the Institute of Biophysics at Goethe University Frankfurt invites application to fill a Postdoctoral Scientist position as soon as possible. Our group investigates the functional mechanism of membrane-embedded heterooligomeric macromolecular machines using ESR spectroscopy as the primary research tool complemented with further structural and biophysical techniques. The Postdoctoral Scientist will work on elucidating the molecular mechanism of the lipopolysaccharide transport (Lpt) system. Please visit our homepage for further details of the project (www.in-situ-esr.de). The Institute has a diverse research program including IR spectroscopy, theoretical biophysics, and cryo-electron microscopy. Thus many opportunities exist for collaborative research in these directions.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in Biophysics, Biochemistry, or Chemistry. Experience in molecular biology techniques and membrane protein expression/purification is desired. Knowledge in ESR spectroscopy or another structural biology tool will be considered as a bonus. Scientific curiosity, good communication skills, and ability to work in an international environment are essential. The position is embedded within the framework of the Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), which hosts state-of-the-art EPR and NMR spectrometers. We offer a position for three years (further extension is possible) with salary and benefits according to the German collective labor agreement for public service (TV-G-U). Our Institute is located close to Frankfurt, which is a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. The University advocates gender equality and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. People with disabilities are given preference if equally qualified.

Interested candidates may send the application (including motivation letter, CV, names of referees, and copies certificates in one PDF file) to Benesh Joseph (email: joseph@biophysik.uni-frankfurt.de). Find more about us at www.in-situ-esr.de.

Postdoctoral research position in ESR quantum information processing

An open postdoctoral position at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo, focuses on the application of coherent control techniques in ESR to address challenges in the field of quantum information processing. Recent research in our group has spanned topics including algorithmic cooling, randomized benchmarking of quantum gate fidelities, and closed-loop (feedback) methods for quantum control. A successful candidate will have obtained a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or related fields with an emphasis in ESR spectroscopy. Experience with pulsed methods such as ESEEM and pulsed ENDOR is strongly preferred.

IQC is a world-leading institute for research and education in Quantum Information. Its 30 faculty members lead thriving research programs spanning the areas of Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Combinatorics & Optimization, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics & Astronomy. IQC has significantly expanded its infrastructure to support experimental research, with a state-of-the-art nanofabrication and metrology centre. Our laboratory facilities include low-temperature pulsed ESR and ENDOR capabilities.

Interested applicants please contact Prof. Jonathan Baugh (baugh@uwaterloo.ca) or Prof. Raymond Laflamme (laflamme@uwaterloo.ca) for more information on the position and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Position in Advanced EPR in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Millhauser Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar. The selected individual will use, oversee and maintain state-of-the-art Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) equipment, with research focused on collaborative studies among California Bay Area universities. The position is for one year but renewable for two to three years, contingent on research progress and availability of funds.

Background: The Millhauser lab will soon install a new, NIH-funded Bruker Elexsys E580 X-band and Q-band pulsed EPR spectrometer to facilitate Double Electron-Electron Resonance (DEER) studies relevant to important problems in structural biology. The instrument will be equipped with an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), cryogen-free temperature controller and a 300 W Q-band high power amplifier. The instrument is meant to serve researchers at UCSC, as well as UC Davis, Stanford, UC Merced and UC San Francisco. It will be the responsibility of this postdoctoral researcher to facilitate EPR DEER experiments with students and postdocs at these nearby universities. Beyond EPR experiments, the individual will also be responsible for managing the instrument calendar, helping researchers produce spin labeled proteins using conventional mutagenesis, as well as non-native amino acid incorporation. In addition, the candidate will have ample time to carry out their own research contrib uting to the Millhauser lab’s work aimed at understanding the structure and function of the prion protein.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field. Candidates must have prior experience with DEER EPR, analysis of complex DEER signals, as well as protein chemistry, protein mutagenesis and spin labeling. Excellent writing skills are also required, as evidenced by first author publications.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with incorporation of non-native amino acids; organic chemistry for the development of novel spin labeling approaches; computational molecular dynamics skills for determining protein structures with DEER distance restraints; ability to carry out other pulsed EPR experiments including ESEEM and HYSCORE; ability to understand and program new EPR pulse sequences.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.

Position Available: No earlier than October 1, 2018 and no later than January 31, 2019.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Professor Glenn Millhauser, glennm@ucsc.edu. Applications not meeting the Required Qualifications (above) will not be considered.

Laboratory Website: https://millhauser.chemistry.ucsc.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Postdoctoral research position in ESR quantum information processing

An open postdoctoral position at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo, focuses on the application of coherent control techniques in ESR to address challenges in the field of quantum information processing. Recent research in our group has spanned topics including algorithmic cooling, randomized benchmarking of quantum gate fidelities, and closed-loop (feedback) methods for quantum control. A successful candidate will have obtained a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or related fields with an emphasis in ESR spectroscopy. Experience with pulsed methods such as ESEEM and pulsed ENDOR is strongly preferred.

IQC is a world-leading institute for research and education in Quantum Information. Its 30 faculty members lead thriving research programs spanning the areas of Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Combinatorics & Optimization, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics & Astronomy. IQC has significantly expanded its infrastructure to support experimental research, with a state-of-the-art nanofabrication and metrology centre. Our laboratory facilities include low-temperature pulsed ESR and ENDOR capabilities.

Interested applicants please contact Prof. Jonathan Baugh (baugh@uwaterloo.ca) or Prof. Raymond Laflamme (laflamme@uwaterloo.ca) for more information on the position and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Scholarship Offer for PhD Student at Faculty of Chemistry, A. Mickiewicz University, in Project Opus 11

Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaÅ„ announces an open competition for the position of PhD student (Doktorant – stypendysta) in Faculty of Chemistry. The selected candidate will realize the research tasks in the project OPUS 11: “Rational design of molecular nanomagnets: synthesis, characterization, theoretical description and computational modeling of their properties” (financed by the National Science Centre under the terms of the Agreement for this project). Major task is to provide support for theoretical description and computational modeling leading to better understanding and prediction of spectroscopic and magnetic properties of molecular nanomagnets (MNM) using either semiempirical methods or density functional theory (DFT)/ab initio methods.

Institution: Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Position Name: PhD student (Doktorant – stypendysta) in the project OPUS 11: “Rational design of molecular nanomagnets: synthesis, characterization, theoretical description and computational modeling of their properties”.

Duration: up 18 months, initially for 6 months with possible extension after probation period.

Salary: negotiable but not more than 2300 PLN/month (gross).

Principal Investigator (and Supervisor): Prof. Czesław Rudowicz.


1. Familiarity with of physical foundations of optical and EMR spectroscopy, and magnetism of transition (3d/4f) ions in crystals, especially the effective spin Hamiltonian theory.

2. Substantial knowledge of solid state physics, quantum mechanics, and group theory.

3. Other qualifications required:

– good programming skills in computational and/or algebraic languages;

– high level of analytical skills and inquiring mind;

– publications in internationally refereed scientific journals would be an advantage;

– proficiency in English is a must, whereas in Polish would be an advantage.

Scope of work within project tasks:

Carrying out calculations using suitable computer programs. Comparative analysis and systematic categorization of experimental and theoretical data for selected molecular nanomagnets (MNM). Development of better theoretical framework for description and prediction of properties of MNM complexes. Individual literature searches. Active participation in group activities and preparation of publications.

Additional information:

– Application containing: motivation letter, CV (including photo), publication list (if any), copy of diploma (if available, or information on current status of MSc thesis), contact details of 2-4 potential referees, should be sent as a single pdf-file or zip-file. Please include in your application one page with the following phrase: “In accordance with Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation of 27 April 2016 (Journal of Laws of the EU L 119/1 of 4 May 2016) I agree to the processing of personal data other than those indicated in Article 221 of the Labour Code (name(s) and surname; parents’ names; date of birth; place of residence; address for correspondence; education; previous employment), included in my job offer for the purpose of current recruitment.”

– Selected candidates will be invited for the interview – the date will be communicated to the candidates individually.

Send applications by email to: <czerud@amu.edu.pl> with a copy to <kinga.roszak@amu.edu.pl>

The e-mail heading should be: “PhD student #1B– OPUS grant”.
Application deadline: 30.11.2018

For more information contact: Prof. Czesław Rudowicz by email: <czerud@amu.edu.pl>.

Assistant Professor in Experimental Magnetic Resonance

As part of a major faculty hiring initiative, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida (http://www.chem.ufl.edu) seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment at the level of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, in the general area of magnetic resonance, broadly defined, to begin August 16, 2018. The successful applicant will join over 40 Faculty in the Department, which is home to the Quantum Theory Project and the Butler Polymer Research Center. The Department has recently opened the Joseph Hernandez Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. Numerous opportunities exist for collaboration across the UF campus and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) and the Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (AMRIS) Facility. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a successful research program that utilizes or develops magnetic resonance methodology, preferably with applications at high magnetic fields.


Postdoc position: silicon and germanium nanostructures for nanoelectronics and spintronics

Department of Materials Science, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano Italy Prof. Marco Fanciulli Group

A post-doctoral position in experimental semiconductor physics and in particular on the production and characterization of silicon and germanium nanostructures for nanoelectronics and spintronics is available in the group of Prof. Marco Fanciulli at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in physics or equivalent field such as material science or electrical engineering. The candidate should have research expertise at least in one of the following fields: low temperature quantum transport, nano-fabrication, electron spin resonance, ferromagnetic resonance, and electrical characterization (IV, CV, DLTS, IETS,…).

The position is for 2 years with the possibility for further extension.

Applicants should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to Prof. Marco Fanciulli marco.fanciulli@unimib.it.

Available Postdoctoral Research Position

A postdoctoral position in bioinorganic chemistry is available for a skilled and enthusiastic candidate within the Lucas Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA (https://chemistry.vcu.edu/bios/heather-lucas/). The principal research topic will be centered around the employment of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) towards the investigation of cellular metal speciation, metalloproteins, coordination complexes, and associated redox mechanisms.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biophysics, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the collection and analysis of EPR (or ESR) spectra. Prior experience with the application of spin probes and/or spin labels is desirable. The selected candidate will also be provided with opportunities to learn new biochemical and/or synthetic characterization techniques. Applications from candidates with experience in other advanced methodologies, such as resonance Raman (rR) spectroscopy or laser induced photochemical processes are also encouraged. The appointment is for one year with renewal dependent on performance; shorter contracts will be considered under special circumstances.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing your experience, and the names and contact information of two references to hrlucas@vcu.edu. Candidates available to start by January 2018 or earlier will be given primary consideration; however, a later start date can be negotiated. The initial contract will be supported through existing NIH grant funds; opportunities will also be provided to the selected candidate to apply for external funding to further aid in their career development.

VCU has a large interdisciplinary research community with well-equipped instrumentation facilities as well as multiple career development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars; more info can be found at http://www.research.vcu.edu/postdoc/index.htm. Richmond, Virginia is also a vibrant, growing place to live with a vast history, great places to eat, wonderful museums, and unique outdoor places to visit.

Postdoctoral position in EPR, Overhauser DNP and/or solid state NMR applications

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the research group of Prof. Songi Han in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. This postdoctoral position is a one-year appointment with potential for renewal up to three years.

This research will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Susannah Scott in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara, as well as other chemists and chemical engineers in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Thus, the applicant should have a broad interest in the field of catalysis, while it is expected that the applicant be an expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and methods. While prior knowledge and skills in EPR, Overhauser DNP and solid-state NMR is appreciated, a general proficiency in magnetic resonance experiments and concepts, and willingness to perform and learn new experiments and methods, required to solve the scientific question at hand, will be valued most.

The responsibility of the researcher is to lead research projects on the characterization of heterogeneous catalyst systems with particular emphasis on one or more of the following subject areas:  (i) the study of modulators of the solvent-solid interface and its role in tuning the adsorption and chemistry at the interface, (ii) the application of state of the art magnetic resonance methods to identify species and study their confinements in micro- and mesoporous materials, (iii) the characterization of the structure and property of catalyst sites, and/or (iv) the development of methods to study the spatial arrangement of multiple catalyst sites at the nanometer scale. As such, an applicant with expertise and interest in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (ODNP) for the study of solvation dynamics and the solvent-solid interface, EPR hyperfine spectroscopy of transition metal centers, dipolar EPR of distances and distance distribution of paramagnetic sites at the nanometer scale, and/or solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of catalyst support surfaces and active sites, among others, will be sought after. A total of 1 to 2 positions may become available with complementary expertise in EPR, Overhauser DNP and/or solid-state NMR.

UCSB is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including publications, names of 2-3 references, and a 2-page statement of purpose to songi@chem.ucsb.edu  and sscott@engineering.ucsb.edu .

Review of applications will begin immediately, priority given to applications send by October 1, 2018, and will continue until filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Post-doctoral research associate

We are looking for post-doctoral associates interested in measurement/instrumentation development of EPR spectroscopy applied to energy and biologically-derived nanomaterials to join us at the Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology (http://cnst.nist.gov) at NIST, a highly interdisciplinary and very well resourced user facility. My laboratory contains a Bruker E580 EPR spectrometer (X-band) as well as a NIST-designed spectrometer (Q-band), both of which are equipped with arbitrary waveform generators for pulse-shaping.  UV and visible CW lasers have been interfaced with the instruments to enable photoexcitation of samples.  Current work is in the areas of spectroelectrochemical EPR spectroscopy development for solid catalyst materials and nanoscale structural measurements of biomaterials, including DNA-based nanomaterials.  The ideal candidate would lead a project that makes use of the CNST nanofabrication capabilities as a means to provide meaningful EPR-based measurements. Typical successful applicants have a strong research background and academic record.  Letters of reference are required.

Contact: Dr. Veronika Szalai

Phone:  301-975-3792;


E-mail:  veronika.szalai@nist.gov

Applications scientist

High Q Technologies LP is based in Waterloo, ON, at the Johnston Research Park across from the main campus of the University of Waterloo. High Q is a start-up company created to commercialize quantum devices. By working with leaders in quantum device research, High Q is actively engaged and has full access to the tools necessary to engineer quantum devices, uniquely positioning it to be one of the pioneers in this field.

To take advantage of this opportunity, High Q seeks an applications scientist to join our team in bringing an exciting new analytical instrument to market.

The applications scientist will be supported by the entire team throughout the applications development process. Key responsibilities will include

  • Use of highly sensitive spectroscopic tools to perform molecular distance measurements to elucidate structures of proteins
  • Synthesis of model cell membranes and development of sample preparation and handling methods
  • Writing application notes, contributing to publications and presenting at scientific conferences
  • Working with customers to develop solutions to their application challenges with High Q’s products
  • Supporting the installation of systems at customer sites and training users
  • Testing new software and providing clear “voice of customer” requirements to engineering for new product development

Candidates will have a PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology or a related field and have a track record of related research achievements. Previous experience with any or all of the following techniques would be an advantage: isolation and crystallization of membrane proteins, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy especially ESR.

Candidates with several years of experience are also encouraged to apply.

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Emphasis will also be placed on personal qualities such as collaboration and communication skills as well as problem solving capacity. It is important that you have a good sense of initiative, and are comfortable with both independent research and being part of a team. Some travel will be required.

Contact: Dr Andrew Boorn

Phone: +15198832651;

E-mail: andrew.boorn@highqlp.com

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