Engineer position in DNP-NMR in Paris

An open position in Paris for a staff scientist (research engineer IR2 CNRS) to work on dynamic nuclear polarization.

The successful candidate will manage the DNP infrastructure jointly developed by the groups of Geoffrey Bodenhausen and Nicolas Giraud in the frame of the Equipex program « Paris en résonance». In addition to in-house research, this platform also provides access to DNP enhanced NMR equipment for users from both academic and industrial laboratories. The DNP facility aims at improving the sensitivity of NMR through the development of equipment that couples solution NMR with dynamic nuclear polarization techniques. Two devices for dissolution-DNP have been installed at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (UMR CNRS 7203) and one at the Université Paris Descartes (UMR CNRS 8601). The NMR group at the Ecole Normale Supérieure is recognized for numerous contributions to magnetic resonance, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of biomolecules, and more recently on the development of DNP, both in solids and in solution. The group of Nicolas Giraud at Université Paris Descartes has developed a strong expertise in the development of methods for the analysis of biological substances by NMR, ranging from interaction studies involving biomolecules to metabolomics.

The research engineer will spend 50 % of his/her time in each laboratory, with the responsibility of maintaining and developing apparatus used to perform dynamic nuclear polarization and to analyze samples by NMR after dissolution. He/she will also be involved in research projects that are carried out in the two groups, targeting the development of hyperpolarization methods, both from fundamental and technical perspectives, and their applications to challenging systems. He/she will supervise and assist external users, as well as colleagues and students from both groups, in the implementation of new experiments and hardware, as well as data processing and analysis.

The position requires a doctoral degree in chemistry, physics, biochemistry or biology, preferably with post-doctoral training. Hands-on experience in developing NMR methods, maintaining and implementing hardware, in particular cryogenically cooled equipment, and/or in the analysis of data would be an advantage. Good social and communication skills will be expected. The ability to collaborate with both groups and contribute to create a good working atmosphere will be of prime importance to ensure lively scientific interactions. This position requires good knowledge of English in speech and writing.

The main deadlines for this recruitment are :
- June 4th to 28th, 2018: Applications by the candidates (check out the « concours externe du CNRS » website:
- August 29th to September 09th, 2018: Invitations to interviews will be sent out ("Admissibilité des candidats")
- October 3rd to November 2nd, 2018: Interviews with the recruiting committee
- December 1st, 2018: Expected starting date

Interested candidates should contact Nicolas Giraud <> and/or Geoffrey Bodenhausen <>