An international consortium of nine research groups has been awarded a EU-supported research grant for an International Training Network on Zero and Ultralow Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (www.zulf.eu). The group of Prof. Angelo Bifone at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (www.iit.it) in Rovereto, a culturally vibrant town in the beautiful Dolomites area in northern Italy, is one of the teams.
Our goal is the development of methods to increase the sensitivity of NMR detection by means of optical excitation of defects in diamond. Specifically, we intend to study magnetic interactions of molecules at the surface of diamond in the presence of shallow Nitrogen Vacancy centers, and the physical mechanisms that may enable polarization transfer between NV centers and nuclear spins, and between nuclear spins. We will develop nanostructured diamond samples to increase the exposed surface area, and will explore different conditions to optimize surface interactions between adsorbed molecules and diamond substrate.
Our laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation for the optical and RF manipulation of NV centers and for NMR measurements. Specifically, we have a house-built confocal microscope with additional RF channels, a fluorescence microscope for wide-field ODMR microscopy, a bench-top NMR system and a small bore MRI scanner.
A 3-year position for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will be available in the group of Angelo Bifone in Rovereto, supported by the ZULF International Training Network.
The ESR will be hired by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia for 36 months.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salaries. Gross and net amounts are subject to country-specific deductions as well as individual factors and will be confirmed upon appointment
Because of the nature of the funding (Marie-Curie initial training network (ITN) funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020) there are restrictions on eligibility
The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
The functions of the job include:
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