Tenured research position in NMR at CEA Grenoble

Published: April 28, 2021

Tenured research position in NMR at CEA Grenoble
CEA researcher
Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble

Job description

The Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG) has an open position for a CEA researcher in NMR spectroscopy applied to the chemical sciences. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Modeling and Exploration of Materials Laboratory (MEM), a joint research unit of CEA and Université Grenoble Alpes. He/she will join the Magnetic Resonance (RM) team (headed by Gaël De Paëpe) to strengthen and complement our on-going research activities.

Research will focus on the development of NMR to probe the structure and dynamics of functional materials, with applications in biomaterials, health, catalysis, energy, etc. Research directions may include, but are not limited to, the following aspects: innovative instrumental development, paramagnetic NMR, computational approaches (machine learning, first-principles simulations, etc.), and innovative isotope labeling strategies. Although the focus is on solid-state NMR, complementary approaches involving solution and diffusion NMR are particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will have to establish a strong collaboration within the RM team and participate in the daily life and scientific strategy of the team. The candidate will be expected to disseminate his/her research and obtain external funding (in collaboration with academic and industrial partners) to build and lead a research group. Some research topics will be developed in the framework of CEA programs, in particular by establishing collaborations within the IRIG institute or with other CEA institutes.

Scientific environment and workplace

The MEM laboratory hosts one solution-state NMR spectrometer for routine studies and 3 “research-oriented” NMR spectrometers (200 / 400 / 500 MHz) equipped with solution, PFG (up to 30 T/m), HRMAS and solid-state NMR probes, including a 1.3 mm fast MAS probe and an in-operando probe for low field paramagnetic NMR. Note that the 400 and 500 MHz consoles have been renewed in 2021. Besides, the MEM laboratory also hosts 2 DNP spectrometers, including the first DNP spectrometer installed in France (2011) and a spectrometer equipped with ultra-low temperature helium spinning capability. As a member of the RM team, the successful applicant will have access to the 3 NMR spectrometers (200 / 400 / 500 MHz) and will contribute to the long-term maintenance and upgrade of the equipment. He will also be able to access the DNP spectrometers operated by the DNP group if required for some project.

IRIG brings together 10 laboratories including MEM, with about 1000 researchers, technicians, doctoral, and post-doctoral students, covering a large variety of interdisciplinary fields (nanophysics, chemistry for health and energy, cryo-technologies, biology). Besides, IRIG also includes the IBS NMR groups, which are specialized in structural biology and host 6 other NMR instruments (including a 950 MHz spectrometer). This strong environment in NMR is ideally complemented by research teams specialized in EPR, advanced electron microscopy, X-ray (lab equipment and ESRF) and neutron (ILL) diffraction. The wide range of themes developed at IRIG facilitates the development of excellent multidisciplinary research, supported by exceptional research platforms and infrastructures. Research work is generally carried out in the framework of national and international academic partnerships; it leads to numerous applications, allowing IRIG to develop industrial partnerships with start-ups, SMEs and large companies.

Located in the French Alps and surrounded by a stunning natural environment, the international city of Grenoble represents an extremely rich ecosystem formed by public research organizations (CEA, CNRS, UGA, ESRF, ILL) and high-tech companies. Also, the Université Grenoble Alpes attracts a large number of students who can benefit from high-level academic training in a broad range of disciplines.


Candidates should have a PhD in Chemistry / Physical Chemistry / Physics or Engineering with a dissertation awarded from a research group specialized in advanced NMR spectroscopy techniques.

Candidates for this position should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a strong track record of publishing world-leading research. They should have a clear vision of how their work would complement the RM team research strengths.

The candidate should have at least three years of postdoctoral experience. In addition, we also invite applications from excellent scientists who are looking for a leading institution partnering in application for an externally funded research fellowship in the above-mentioned research areas.

How to Apply

Candidates are requested to send a motivation letter and a detailed CV to Gaël De Paëpe by email at gael.depaepe@cea.fr, The deadline for application is June 20th, 2021. Selected candidates will be informed promptly and called for an interview scheduled from July 2021.

Additional information: This offer corresponds to a tenure track position at the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA, http://www.cea.fr). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Dr Gaël De Paëpe
CEA / Univ. Grenoble Alpes
email gael.depaepe@cea.fr
voice (office) +33 4 38 78 65 70
voice (lab) +33 4 38 78 47 26
fax +33 4 38 78 50 90

Mailing address:
CEA Grenoble
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Bâtiment 51C
Office P.132a / Lab P.138
38054 Grenoble
Cedex 9 - France

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