PhD position in the field of quantitative analysis of NMR signals from process monitoring

A PhD position in online NMR spectroscopy is available at the Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics in Kaiserslautern, Germany within the framework of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). More specifically this project will focus on expanding the use of NMR spectroscopy for reaction and process monitoring. Currently, NMR signals acquired for reaction and process monitoring often display very complex characteristics, making their analysis with conventional methods difficult and error-prone. This analysis is particularly challenging when using benchtop NMR spectrometers due to their reliance on permanent magnets to generate a magnetic field, as opposed to the significantly larger, more expensive, high field NMR spectrometers, which use super-conducting magnets. New analysis methods based on concepts such as Bayesian Statistics will be developed in this project in order to enable robust and reliable analysis of NMR signals with complex characteristics. This project will also be carried out in close cooperation with our partners from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

The PhD candidate will profit from being part of an interdisciplinary, international team and will be working on an innovative project with extensive practical relevance. The position we offer is in a top-class research environment with a salary according to German standard TVL E 13 (full position). We also have excellent equipment at our disposal including three high field and two benchtop NMR spectrometers. 

We expect applicants with a strong performance within their respective engineering, chemistry or physics degree program that also have a strong interest in working at the interface of chemical engineering, mathematics and physics. We will foster familiarization with the methods and equipment required and we expect independent customization and contribution to the project.

The University of Kaiserslautern is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with

German law. Women, unpresented minority groups, disabled persons, and applicants with children are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Erik von Harbou ( for more details or in order to submit your application documents (cover letter, CV, high school and university transcripts).