We are currently inviting applications for a Ph.D. or postdoctoral position to develop and apply nitrogen-vacancy center-based NMR spectroscopy. We are currently (www.bucherlab.org) exploring two different directions:
1) Surface NMR spectroscopy. Recently we have applied NV-centers for probing chemistry at surfaces and interfaces . We want to strengthen this research direction by i) developing a second generation of NV-based NMR spectrometer and ii) applying it to material/energy conversion and/or bioanalytical applications.
The highly motivated candidate should have expertise in solid-state NMR, EPR, or NV-quantum sensing and be interested in technology development.
2) Single-cell NMR spectroscopy. Our group aims to develop NV-based NMR spectroscopy on the single-cell level . In order to achieve the necessary sensitivities, i) hyperpolarization methods must be applied, and the NV-NMR detection must be improved. In the project, these technological developments will be combined with applications in single-cell biology.
The highly motivated candidate should have expertise in hyperpolarization methods (DNP; PHIP, Overhauser etc.) and in hands-on NMR technology development (magnet, RF, etc.)
This position is located at the Technical University of Munich (Chemistry Department) and is integrated into the Munich Center of Quantum Science and Technology.
To apply, email a motivation letter, CV, and contact information for two references to Dominik Bucher ([email protected]).
More details on the previous development of this project can be found in the following references:
 Surface NMR using quantum sensors in diamond, PNAS, 119 (5) e2111607119 (2022)
 Hyperpolarization-enhanced NMR spectroscopy with femtomole sensitivity using quantum defects in diamond. Physical Review X 10, 021053 (2020)
We are always looking for talented and motivated students interested in pursuing research at the Master's/Bachelor's level. Interested students should contact me to discuss possible projects.