The Chemistry Institute – UNICAMP – Campinas – Brazil has opened a position for a researcher in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

The Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) is a leading institution in Brazil and Latin America, and is seeking highly qualified professionals, with a PhD in Chemistry or in related areas, high academic achievements and a strong publication records, for a position at the assistant professor level, in the area of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. This is a permanent position that involves both teaching as research activities, with an annual income over USD 40,000.

The candidate must hold a PhD or Doctor degree in chemistry or related areas and experience in Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, possess expressive scientific production in the form of published scientific articles in refereed journals in NMR spectroscopy or related fields of research, and the ability to lead research and training in NMR. It is also desirable that the candidate has teaching experience.

Campinas is a very pleasant city with around 1 million inhabitants located around 100 km from the city of São Paulo: more in

Potential candidates are invited to find more information about:
The Institute of Chemistry:

For further information, please contact us at: Applications are open until August 3rd, 2015 and selection should involve a written examination, evaluation of teaching capacity as well as an interview.

How to apply?

General information about the procedure and documents for application.

The Director of the Chemistry Institute will register the candidate for the selection process, on the candidate´s behalf, upon the candidate´s formal authorization. A letter model can be requested at:
The candidates should provide to the Director of the Chemistry Institute.
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Required Documents for Application

1. Certificate of PhD (or Dr) degree - it may be a copy of a diploma or declaration from the issuing Institution.

2. Copy of an identification document (preferably passport).

3. Complete CV with a list of all titles/degrees. Including all courses taken at all levels, as well as of scientific, teaching and other professional activities, honorific titles, scholarships and participation in scientific events. This should also contain full copies of all of the cited publications. The candidate is free to comment on his/her CV activities, describing them in more details and discussing their relevance.

4. This CV should be accompanied by copies of the documents/certificates for the activities listed (it will be at the evaluation committee discretion to consider, or not, activities that were not documented).

5. A detailed description of research (project) and other activities that the candidate intends to perform if hired (including teaching, industrial and community relations etc).

Selection Process: Evaluation Steps

The selection procedure will require the presence of the candidates in Campinas, for a few days. The candidates are responsible for arranging travel and accommodation at their own cost.
The whole selection process will have the following examinations that may be conducted in Portuguese or in English.
The candidate must clearly indicate the language option in the e-mail that will be sent for registration.

1. Written examination (4 hours) on related Nuclear Magnetic Resonance topics (listed below)
2. Research project evaluation - talk of 15 min. plus interview of 45 min.
3. Evaluation of teaching capacity - a 50-60 min class on related Nuclear Magnetic Resonance chemistry topics (listed below) that is drafted 24 h in advance, specific to each candidate.
4. General evaluation on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance topics listed below – interview of 60 min.

If you have any further question/doubts on these procedures, full information is available (so far in Portuguese, at, or do not hesitate to contact us.

List of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance topics for the examination:

1) Basic concepts in NMR
1a - Angular momentum 
1b - Magnetic Moment
1c - Spin-active nuclei in the static magnetic field
1d - Energy levels in NMR
1e - Resonance condition

2) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
2a -continuous wave instrument
2b - pulsed instrument (Fourier Transform)

3) NMR spectrum parameters:
3a - Chemical shift scales
3b - Reference compounds
3c - Sigma scale
3d - NMR signal intensity and integration

4) Chemical environment and chemical shifts
4a - Effects of environment on chemical shifts (electronegativity, hybridization, acid protons, protons with hydrogen bond)
4b - Magnetic anisotropy

5) Scalar coupling constant
5a - Rules
5b - Spin-spin coupling
5c - Pascal's triangle
5d - Coupling constants
5e - Magnetic equivalence
5f - Magnetic non-equivalence
5g - 2J, 3J
5h - Long distance couplings  (allyl, aromatic, rigid bicyclic systems)

6) NMR spectra of organic compounds
6a - Alkenes
6b - Scalar Couplings in allyl groups
6c - Alcohols
6d - Amines
6e - Aromatics (mono- and disubstituted rings:  ortho, meta and  para couplings)

7) Dynamic NMR -Chemical systems in equilibrium

8) Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
8a - Carbon-13 nuclei
8b - Chemical shifts (13C NMR)
8c - Correlation Tables
8d - Chemical shift calculation
8e - Coupled 13C NMR spectra
8f - 1H decoupled 13C NMR spectra
8g - Examples of the 13C NMR spectra

9) Interpretation of the NMR spectra
9a - NMR spectral assignments
9b - Structural determinations