Zero and Ultra-Low Fields NMR, Innovative Training Network

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 766402.



ZULF Workshop in York

Another ZULF Workshop will take place in York (UK) at the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM) 23-27.09.2019. The meeting will be devoted to the SABRE (Signal amplification by reversible exchange) method and working with parahydrogen.

The week will begin with a series of lectures on Monday, that will prepare the ESRs for labwork in groups on Tuesday. The Monday lectures will be open for all. Wednesday will be spent discussing individual projects of the ESRs in a closed session, while on Thursday advanced classes on Scientific Writing and Publishing will be conducted by Andreas Trabesinger (Reinschrift, Partner Organization of ZULF ITN). Friday is leisure day when the ESRs and PI will be able to enjoy a tour of York.

As before, several invited speakers will attend the workshop:

  • Mon 16:00-17:30 - prof. Warren Warren, Duke University, Durham
  • Wed 16:00-17:00 - prof. Malcolm Levitt, University of Southampton
  • Thu 15:30-16:15 - prof. Jan Wolber, Head of Imaging Technology, GE Healthcare

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Prof Bernhard Blümich's visit to Krakow

On Monday we were privillaged to listen to a talk on by prof. Bernhard Blümich of RWTH Aachen, who is a member of ZULF ITN Scientific Advisory Board. In popular opinion it was on of the best talks of this year we had here in Krakow.


Mobile NMR concerns NMR measurements with mobile instruments. Mobile relaxometers are used in the oil industry for well logging and in materials science for non-destrutive testing. These instruments collect NMR signal from a region in the inhomogeneous strayfield outside the magnet. Magnets of this kind can be made small, so that compact strayfield relaxometers can be carried along to the object of interest. Following an introduction to to strayfield NMR relaxometry, results from recent measutement campaigns with the NMR-MOUSE are reported including the analysis of asphalt road pavements, master violins in the Museo del Violino in Cremona, and biofilms in Yellowstone National Park

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Happy News

We are happy to congratulate our ESR Seyma on the birth of her firstborn son!
All the best!

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ZULF Workshop in Mainz

Second ZULF workshop begins next week (18-22.03) in Mainz, Germany, with another round of great lectures and hands on exercises by leading specialists in NMR and atomic physics. This time some of the lectures will be open for public so if you are in Mainz at the time you might want to look for information on display at the Helmholtz Institute, Staudingerweg 18.

The planned open lectures are:

  • Mon 10:30-12:30 - Basic NMR theory by Konstantin L. Ivanov from the International Tomography Center, Novosibirsk
  • Mon 13:30-15:30 - ZULF Magnetometry by Dmitry Budker, HIM
  • Tue 10:00-11:00 - Overview of Hyperpolarization in NMR by Igor Koptyug from the International Tomography Center, Novosibirsk
  • Tue 11:00-12:30 - Theory of ZULF NMR part 1 by Thomas Theis from Duke University
  • Tue 13:30-15:30 - Theory of ZULF NMR part 2 by John Blanchard, HIM
  • Wed 17:00-18:30 - Advanced Topic: Symmetries and Tensors by Konstantin L. Ivanov from the International Tomography Center, Novosibirsk
  • Thu 14:30-15:30 - Introduction to NV centers in diamond by Dmitry Budker, HIM

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Happy New Year from ZULF

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ZULF Network Meeting in Lyon

The first ZULF network meeting will take place in Lyon on 26-30.11.2018. This will be the first opportunity for the Early Stage Researchers to meet each other and discuss their future collaboration.

We have planned several lectures by international experts on topics relating to ZULF, nuclear magnetic resonance, optical magnetometers and more. There will be a chance to visit the facilities of Sami Jannin's group of Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance at the Claude Bernard University and get some hands-on experience with the equipment and the software for numerical simulations. The meeting will be concluded on Friday 30.11 with a social event.

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A new beneficiary and a new open position!

We are happy to announce that we are in the process of finalizing accession of a new beneficiary. ZULF ITN network will be joined by the Institute of Photonic sciences from Barcelona, represented by the group of prof. Morgan W. Mitchell, a pioneer and world-class expert in quantum process tomography, quantum state tomography, generation of multi-photon NooN states, and measurements of photon distinguishability.

Prof Mitchell is going to take over the research on Ultralow-field nuclear magnetic resonance of liquids in multi-phase materials using advanced optical/atomic magnetometers, that was originally planned for Cambridge.

We also wish to congratulate prof. Lynn Gladden on being appointed the UK Executive Chair of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This is a great honour and, though we are sad to see her leave the consortium, we wish her all the best facing this new challenge!

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Final stages of the recruitment process

We enter the final phases of the recruitment process.

We no longer accept applications and the candidates selected for interviews have been notified or will be notified very soon. By the end of June we should know the identities of our ESRs and preparations for the start of the scientific portion of the project will begin.

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Last open position

The recruitment for the project is quickly coming to an end. Several positions have already been filled by great candidates. However, we still have one last open position available in the picturesque Rovereto (Italy). See details here or on EURAXESS.

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Still accepting applications for 10 Early Stage Researcher/PhD positions

Check our offer at EURAXESS, or in the "open positions" tab.

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ZULF Kick-off Meeting

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Inaugural meeting of the ZULF ITN

The meeting will take place on the 16th of February 2018 at 9 am in the Conference Room H-0-11, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, 11 Łojasiewicza st. Kraków, Poland.

The meeting will include a prelection on the

"New Perspectives of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance"

by prof. Fedor Jelezko from Institute for Quantum Optics, Ulm University.

Plan of the event:

  • 09:00 Welcome speech by the Dean of Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, prof. dr hab. Ewa Gudowska-Nowak

  • 09:10 Welcome speech by the Vice-Dean for Infrastructure and Finances, dr hab. Franciszek Krok

  • 09:20 Presentation of the project by dr hab. Szymon Pustelny

  • 09:40 'New Perspectives of NMR', a talk by prof. Fedor Jelezko, Institute of Quantum Optics, Ulm University

  • 10:20 Coffee and questions time

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11 Early Stage Researcher/PhD positions in Zero and Ultra-Low Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

  • Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research (physics / chemistry / software development)
  • A Unique PhD programme and full-time employment for PhD candidates for three-years.
  • Several European institutions to choose from.
  • Secondments in leading NMR institutions in the world including private enterprises.

Check our offer at EURAXESS, or in the "open positions" tab.

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Open positions

No open positions at this time

The ZULF European Training Network (ETN) comprises groups from eight leading European universities and one scientific research centre, dedicated to developing, exploring and applying methods of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the regime of zero and ultra-low magnetic fields (ZULFs). The project is aimed at providing absolutely unique training, combining the experience of world-leading experts in diverse fields and disciplines to 11 individuals, and leading to a doctoral degree. Apart from the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research, the young scientists will acquire soft and transferable skills including scientific writing, communication and presentation, data mining, curation and analysis, entrepreneurship, knowledge of intellectual property law, business administration and finance. All of them absolutely indispensable for any modern scientist.

The beneficiaries of the ETN ZULF consortium have made pioneering contributions to the field, in particular:

The ZULF ETN project brings together international leaders in these areas, with the goal of providing the Early Stage Researchers with a unique basis for exploring novel directions that go beyond the works conducted in individual groups, including:

  • submillihertz spectral resolution ZULF NMR;
  • nanometer spatial-resolution J-spectroscopy with NV diamonds;
  • NMR spectra of molecules at natural abundance using hyperpolarization;
  • application of ZULF NMR in searches for fundamental properties and symmetries of nature (parity non-conservation);
  • chemical fingerprinting of molecules in liquids.