Senior research engineer responsible for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Uppsala University
October 04 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

NMR Uppsala provides expertise, services, advice and training to researchers at Uppsala University that may benefit from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) . The infrastructure is shared between The Department of Chemistry - BMC, Faculty of Science and Technology; and The Scientific Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy.

We are now looking for a senior research engineer (50% or 2 x 25%) for the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) infrastructure.


The senior research engineer (50%, or 2 x 25%) will be responsible for the day-to-day operation, service and maintenance of the NMR instruments at the infrastructure.  He or she will also have the task to prioritize instrument time according to guidelines established by the steering committee. He or she will be employed at the Program of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry - BMC. The head of the department of Chemistry- BMC will have the employer responsibility and the chairman of the steering committee will be supervising the senior research engineer.

The senior research engineer shall also provide support to researchers e.g. by daily contact with users of the NMR instruments, giving advice regarding experimental design and sample preparation, planning and performing experiments and keeping up-to date with the research frontiers and development of the technique. The senior research engineer shall also promote NMR spectroscopy and the infrastructure at NMR Uppsala by organizing courses and giving seminars. In addition, he or she will establish close contacts with the Swedish NMR Centre to ensure that users at Uppsala University take advantage of the more powerful instrumentation available in Göteborg and Umeå.

Depending on the qualifications of the applicants for the position, either one person (50%) or two persons (2 x 25 %) will be employed. The position does not include time for the holder to conduct his or her own research.


The successful applicant must have a PhD degree in organic or biophysical chemistry with a focus on NMR spectroscopy or equivalent and well-documented experience of using the Bruker's NMR system for high-resolution NMR spectroscopy. He or she must also have good experience with NMR system management and be very service minded in order to be able to provide user training and support for users in setting up, performing, and interpreting experiments. For this position it is crucial to have good collaborative skills and an ability to collaborate with users having different types of personalities coming from different activities.

Very desirable qualifications for this postition are extensive experience of troubleshooting and repair of NMR instruments (with multimeter, oscilloscope, spectra analyzers) and experience in modifying and using pulse sequences, and experience and ability to tailormake experiments.

Desirable qualifications for this position are experience of NMR experiments for different systems, e.g. proteins, protein-ligand systems, small organic molecules, diffusion and relaxation studies, as well as paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy. It is also desireble that the candidate have experience of using Linux/Unix operating systems and software such as Topspin, VnmrJ, MestreNova, NMRpipe and ccpNMR and experience in structure determination of macromolecules, including the use of software such as CYANA, CNS and XPLOR, as well as conformational analysis of small molecules.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University's excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: Will be agreed upon.

Type of employment: Permanent employment, probationary period may be applied

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact

Jan Kihlberg, hairman of the steering committee or Helena Danielson, head of department

You reach both of them through email "first name.last", replace "first name" and "last name" with the persons name.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than the 22nd of October 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3372.

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