Grey Lab Cambridge (UK) Postdoc Position: Development of DNP Methods for Battery Applications

Dear NMR Community,

The research lab of Prof. Clare Grey at the University of Cambridge in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry (Cambridge, UK) has an opening for up a postdoc position on DNP methods for battery applications; submission deadline is 31 March 2022:

Research Associate - Development of DNP methods for battery applications (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research assistant position in the group led by Professor Clare P. Grey to work in the development of DNP methods for the study of battery materials.

The successful candidate will establish DNP methods in both the solution and solid state with the goal of applying these techniques to the operando study of batteries and energy materials more generally. The successful candidate will be involved in the design of hardware for operando DNP experiments and the development of polarization methods using a wide range of radical/paramagnetic species. The candidate will assist in the maintenance and operation of our newly installed 400 MHz DNP spectrometer and be involved in the supervision and training of students/post-docs in its use; they may also assist external users to the facility.

Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in inorganic/materials chemistry or other related areas. A strong expertise in DNP NMR is essential. Excellent skills in NMR spectroscopy applied to solids and/or liquids is essential. Hands-on experience in maintaining and basic trouble shooting of NMR machines, probes, and accessories is desirable. Familiarity working in materials chemistry, battery research, or related fields is desirable but not essential. A strong track record in NMR spectroscopy and materials characterisation is desirable. Strong proven track-record of publication in relevant fields is essential. Demonstrated ability to work in teams is desirable.

For further information (and to submit your online application) please follow these links:

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Prof. Clare Grey

Dr. Christopher O’Keefe, Lab Manager (email:

Dr. Oliver Pecher, Lab Recruitment Manager (email:

In a nutshell: The Grey Lab ( 

Materials Chemistry: Structure and Function

We use a wide range of techniques, including solid state NMR and diffraction, to investigate local structure and the role that this plays in controlling the physical properties of a wide range of technologically-important materials. Conventional structural techniques, such as powder and single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction, characterize the long-range order, giving an average view of a structure; as a system becomes more disordered, these methods become progressively less useful. Even the most disordered system will, however, contain some local order. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) probes the local environment of a particular nucleus, and is ideally suited to study such materials. By using a combination of short range (NMR) and long range (XRD) structural techniques, we can build up a detailed structure of the compound - this helps determine how the particular material functions and provides insight as to how it can be improved. Ab intio simulations provide complementary information concerning structure and dynamic