PhD in Developing Microwave/RF Instrumentation for High-Field EPR Study of Paramagnetic Molecules


   Department of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This is an rf/microwave instrumentation-based project. The PhD candidate will build an 18.8 T / 527 GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer—to study the structure and chemistry of molecules that can boost the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal of biomolecules or functional materials. Moreover, we will build a setup that allows both EPR and DNP NMR to be performed in the same probe, which is not commercially available. If successfully built, this will be the world’s first 527 GHz EPR spectrometer equipped with a high-power microwave source (gyrotron). We have successfully built a similar setup at a lower field (6.7 T / 188 GHz) that allows dual DNP NMR and EPR detection (unpublished results). The candidate shall extend the setup to a higher frequency of 527 GHz. This highly interdisciplinary project involves electrical engineering, physics, and chemistry. We welcome ambitious and open-minded electrical engineer or physicist interested in cross-disciplinary science to join us.

Check here for information about the PhD supervisor (https://www.chimie.ens.fr/?p=15676) and the lab (https://www.chimie.ens.fr/?p=1070).

Skills/Qualifications

We are looking for an electrical engineer, physicist, or physical chemist with a master's degree. Here is a list of skills that we seek:

  • rf/microwave engineering and signal processing (lock-in modulation, filter, amplifier circuitry)
  • CAD design (Fusion360, Inventor, Solidworks, etc), 3D printing
  • Basic machining (drill, CNC, lathe), soldering, welding
  • Programming (C++,Python, MATLAB)
  • LABVIEW
  • Cryogenics and vacuum
  • Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR, EPR, or DNP)
  • Knowledge in quantum mechanics and spin physics

Apply if you are experienced in at least 3 items listed above. Nevertheless, the application can be considered if you are exceptionally motivated (proven by reading the reference materials in detail) in the project. Knowledge in NMR or EPR is beneficial but not required. The candidate should be fluent in English (at least B2). There is no requirement for French language, nationality, background, etc.

Apply by sending the following documents to Prof. Kong Ooi Tan ().

  1. CV
  2. Full undergraduate and master academic transcripts
  3. 1-page motivation letter describing yourself, why you want to pursue a PhD, and why this topic
  4. Bachelor or Master thesis (if available). Otherwise, any research internship report is acceptable too.

Please apply immediately if you are interested. The offer will be closed once a suitable candidate has been found.

Benefits

This is a 3-year (36 months) fully funded PhD position, with a salary of ~1600 Euro/month and free healthcare/insurance. The students typically pay around ~500 Euro living in student housing in CIUP, and live a comfortable (not luxurious) life in Paris.

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

This is a funded project. We welcome applicants from all nationalities.

References

[1] J. Granwehr, J. Forrer, A. Schweiger, J. Magn. Reson.2001, 151, 78–84.
[2] J. Granwehr, J. Leggett, W. Köckenberger, J. Magn. Reson.2007, 187, 266–276.
[3] T. P. Lê, J.-N. Hyacinthe, A. Capozzi, J. Magn. Reson.2022, 338, 107197.

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