Postdoc Job in optimal control design of DNP experiments focused on software development at Aarhus Uni, Denmark 2022

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Postdoc Job in optimal control design of DNP experiments focused on software development at Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark 2022

 

Qualification Details

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in computer science, chemistry or physics. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in NMR/MRI/EPR pulse sequence engineering, but also other profiles with a good understanding of the theory underlying magnetic resonance and applications will be considered. It is required that the candidate has experience in programming, e.g., matlab, python, or similar. The postdoc will be part of a research team working on solid-state NMR and DNP method development and applications, implying that in addition to proven individual scientific excellence a collaborative mindset and good skills in English (oral and written) is required. The candidate should be independent, creative, and dependable. Minor involvement in teaching activities may be solicited.

Responsibilities/Job Description

A 21-month postdoc position is available in development of software for stochastic optimal control design dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP) experiments in the group of Prof. Niels Chr. Nielsen at the Danish Center for Ultrahigh-Field NMR spectroscopy. The center is housed at the in the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University. The postdoc will collaborate closely also with Dr. Zdenek Tosner (Charles University, Prague) and Prof. Thomas Vosegaard (iNANO, AU).The position is funded by The Villum Foundation.This is a 21-month postdoc position from February 1st, 2023 or as soon possible. Project Goals and Tasks The project seeks to enhance SIMPSON platform to efficiently cope with combined electron-nuclear spin-systems with specific focus on the design of many-spin pulsed DNP experiments using stochastic optimal control. The project is carried out in collaboration with mathematics and engineering experts in the field and will experimentally be backed up with DNP equipment using fast waveform generation. Your task is:

  • Development of the SIMPSON software package to accommodate electron-spin interactions and efficient calculations in large/open spin systems.
  • Implement and demonstrate the software and underlying mathematical concepts for design of DNP experiments
  • Supporting and collaboration on demonstrating the methods experimentally on state-of-the-art pulsed DNP instrumentation

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. 10298

Application Procedure

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Danish Center for Ultra High Field NMR Spectroscopy at Aarhus University offers a stimulating research environment, covering complementary research activities in the area of liquid-state NMR, solid-state NMR, high-field MRI, hyperpolarization (DNP and parahydrogen), and low-field NMR. The lab is equipped with state-of- the-art spectrometers operating at 950 MHz, 700 MHz, 500 MHz, and 400 MHz. The NMR research is embedded within the Department of Chemistry ( chem.au.dk) and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center ( inano.au.dk). Aarhus University provides a strong international research and training environment with excellent professional and private conditions. Foreign employees can get help and information from the AU International Center ( au.dk/en/internationalcentre) and Work in Denmark ( workindenmark.dk). Tax reduction schemes for researchers may apply.For information about our laboratory, activities and recent publications please follow these links:Link to the Danish Center for Ultrahigh Field NMR SpectroscopyLink to the homepage of Prof. Niels Chr. Nielsen

Note or Other details

The department/centre offers:
  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.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. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here. The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Contact Details

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Professor Niels Chr. Nielsen, +452899 2541, [email protected].