Postdoc in optical NMR, University of New Mexico, USA

The quantum nanophotonics and biosensing lab at U. New Mexico (PI: Victor Acosta) seeks
highly motivated postdoctoral candidates for a project to develop novel optical NMR platforms
based on nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. This is a highly multidisciplinary project
that combines new techniques in optical nuclear polarization and NMR microscopy using NV
centers in diamond nanostructures. The goal is to develop a microfluidic NMR microscope with
high sensitivity and resolution. Applications include sub-cellular monitoring of metabolic activity
in cell cultures and molecular composition analysis of solutions for pharmaceutical testing.

The project builds off of recently-published results from Acosta’s lab:
P. Kehayias*, A. Jarmola*, N. Mosavian, I. Fescenko, F.M. Benito, A. Laraoui, J. Smits, L.
Bougas, D. Budker, A. Neumann, S. Brueck, V.M. Acosta, Solution nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy on a nanostructured diamond chip, Nature Communications 8 188 (2017)​.

While working on the project, the postdoc will:
★ Apply quantum mechanics, nanophotonics, and biochemistry to emerging new fields.
★ Learn semiconductor nanofabrication techniques in world-class cleanrooms (CHTM, CINT).
★ Collaborate with partners in academia (Harvard, Berkeley, etc.), nearby national labs (Los
Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Labs), and industry (ODMR Tech)

The position will be based in Acosta’s labs at UNM’s Center for High Technology Materials
(CHTM) in Albuquerque, NM. CHTM is a multidisciplinary center housing labs of chemists,
physicists, and bio/electrical engineers. The Center features state-of-art construction (ultra-low
vibration, magnetic noise) and a fully-equipped nanofabrication cleanroom. This position is
funded by projects from NIH, NSF, the Beckman Foundation, Google, and Los Alamos.

A PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field is required. Experience in magnetic
resonance, biophysics tool development, or quantum optics is desired. Experience in
magnetometry or NV centers is also helpful. The anticipated start date is Fall 2017.
Compensation is commensurate with experience. UNM is an equal opportunity employer.

To be considered, email Victor Acosta ( the following application materials:
1. Cover letter describing research interests and career goals.
2. CV with complete publication record.
3. Contact information for 3 references (including PhD supervisor).
Keywords: atomic physics, dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), diamond color centers, solid
state nanophotonics, optical magnetometry, NMR, EPR.