PhD scholarship in solid-state NMR @ University of Groningen; The Netherlands

PhD scholarship in solid-state NMR @ University of Groningen; The Netherlands

We are looking for candidates for a PhD scholarship position in the new solid-state NMR group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands This research group is supervised by group leader Prof. Patrick van der Wel. The group specialises in the study of the structure-function relationship of self-assembling materials of biological and non-biological origins by advanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

The candidate will be expected to use and develop magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR experiments to probe the structure and dynamics of self-assembled bio-inspired materials and aggregated protein states. A particular point of interest will be the interface of amyloidogenic protein/peptide self-assembly processes and the design and development of human-made self-assembling nanomaterials. The MAS solid-state NMR spectroscopy will be combined with complementary spectroscopic, (bio)physical and (bio)chemical assays, as illustrated in our prior work (see below).

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The candidate is expected to have Master’s degree (or equivalent) in bio- or physical chemistry, (bio)physics or another field of science relevant for the position. Prior experience with NMR spectroscopy, and especially solid-state NMR, is an important consideration, but may not be essential (depending on the background of the candidate). Applicants with a background and/or interest in protein biophysics, protein aggregation, and/or self-assembling materials are encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to work well in the international environment of the Institute and thus be comfortable communicating and writing in the English language.

For information about the application procedure, deadline and requirements, and to submit the actual application, applicants need to visit: https://www.rug.nl/education/phd-programmes/phd-scholarship-programme/phd-scholarships?details=00347-02S0006MCP Note that applicants for this PhD scholarship position are required to develop and submit a brief project proposal in consultation with the PI and are therefore expected to contact Dr. Van der Wel by email (at p.c.a.van.der.wel@rug.nl) prior to applying via the above-mentioned URL.

The solid-state NMR group is embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials offering a world-class, collaborative and interdisciplinary scientific environment with interests in functional materials, biophysics and spectroscopy, among other research topics. Beyond the Zernike Institute, other research programs at the University of Groningen also have a strong interest in biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology. The University, along with the affiliated University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), has as one of its specific research focal points the study of healthy ageing and ageing-related diseases.

For questions or additional information, potential applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Van der Wel at p.c.a.van.der.wel@rug.nl. Additional information can also be found at https://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/ and https://www.vanderwellab.org.

Note the application deadline of Oct 31st!