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Postdoctoral Position in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

BC: 68285

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia ( is a private law Foundation, created with special Government Law no. 269 dated September 30th 2003, with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.

A postdoctoral position in "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of proteins, nucleic acids and metallic and polymeric nanoparticles and for biomaterials interface investigations" will be available in the "Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Health Care" at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT@CRIB, Napoli, Italy).

Spectroscopy will be conducted on a NMR-600 MHz equipped with a general purpose Probe for liquids, HR-MAS Probe and a Solid State Probe.

The project will explore:

  • NMR and polymeric and Magnetic Nanoparticles
  • Gelation Mechanism
  • Structure of core-shell nanoparticles suspended in an aqueous environment
  • Hydrogel and microgel bulk characterization
  • Structural analysis and Molecular Dynamics of interactions with nanoparticles
  • Ligand-receptor interactions using high resolution MAS methods.
  • Molecules physio and/or chemical adsorbed on metallic nanoparticles
  • Systems which are insoluble in common solvents NMR.
  • Molecular orientation parameters
  • Peptide and de-novo synthesized molecules characterization
  • Unstable compounds in solution
  • Processes of chemical exchange at low energy
  • Molecular motions in solids.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an educational background in physics, chemistry or closely related fields.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related field and has a sound background in structural analyses of crystalline and disordered (amorphous) materials and liquid samples including validation of quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in protein/peptide resolution by NMR spectroscopy, using the latest developments in this area. Experience in diffusion NMR and Imaging data will be favourably considered.

Experience in HR-MAS NMR on Nanoparticles will be appreciated but applicants with other relevant experience will also be considered.

Proven Track record of publications in the relevant technical areas and projects will be required.

The candidate will be responsible for developing alternative NMR methods for structure determination, improving NMR relaxation data analysis and preparation of proteins for structural studies. He/she should be able to work independently and participate creatively in the design of experiments. The candidate must have good oral and written communication skills and a sound research activity record. He/She should be motivated to join a multidisciplinary environment within the group and participate in a large number of collaborations.

We value scientists with proactive attitude and results-oriented mindset, good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work efficiently in an interdisciplinary research team.

An internationally competitive salary will be offered.

Interested applicants should submit CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, names of at least two referees to Prof. Paolo Netti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Please, mention "Post Doc call in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of proteins, nucleic acids, metallic and polymeric nanoparticles - BC 68285" in the subject line of your e-mail.

Applications deadline April 30, 2014.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.
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