Development of NMR Methods for the Study of Dynamics in Solids


One fully funded PhD studentship is available in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) of solids. The position is available for 42-months starting in October 2024. This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled and so early applications are encouraged.

NMR is an indispensable analytical science tool for a wide range of applications across the physical sciences and beyond. To exploit this technique to its full potential, increased sensitivity (the relative intensity of the NMR signals vs the noise level) and resolution (the smallest peak separation that can be measured) are needed and delivered at higher external magnetic field. This PhD project will explore the opportunities available in MAS NMR at ultra high-field NMR to develop the needed advanced methodologies required to study dynamics, such as ionic diffusion, molecular reorientation, crystallisation phenomena and gas adsorption, in solid materials. The work builds on the strong dual NMR and materials science expertise and track record of the supervisor.

This studentship will allow a highly motivated candidate to participate in the development of dynamics measurements at ultra high-field MAS NMR offering a unique research profile. The successful applicant will join an international and multidisciplinary research team (including other leading high-field NMR laboratories) that will provide complete student training, skills and development, ensuring strong employability. The project is based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, which is an international centre of excellence for the chemistry of advanced materials and leading expertise in NMR, with ample opportunities to work collaboratively. The successful applicant will have access to state-of-the-art local NMR facilities operating at up to 18.8 T (800 MHz 1H frequency), be able to perform experiments at world-leading large scale NMR research facilities including at the UK High-Field Solid-State NMR Facility (that operates NMR systems at 20 T (850 MHz 1H frequency), 23.5 T (1 GHz 1H frequency) and soon 28.2 T) under a wide range of temperatures (100 to 1000 K) and expand their research vision and interest by attending (inter)national conferences.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or closely related subject. The candidate should be highly motivated, curious, have competent English communication skills, computer skills and be able to work both as part of a team and independently. Project experience in NMR spectroscopy would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite.


Applications should include a cover letter including the applicant motivation in this PhD studentship and a statement on teaching interests and commitment, a full CV, and the contact details of two academic referees and should be sent by email to Prof. Frédéric Blanc ( indicating “2024 PhD Studentship NMR Methods for the Study of Dynamics in Solids” in the subject line.


Open to UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

The award will pay full tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years. The stipend is of approximately £18,622 (figure from 01/10/2023) full time tax free per year for living costs and will rise each year with inflation (approximately £19,479 for 2024/2025).

The funding for this position is for UK applicants only. Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility criteria of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website. Applications from non-UK/non-EU candidates will not be considered unless you have your own funding to cover the difference between UK/EU and non-UK/EU fees (around £22,000).



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