Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I16

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I16
Job Reference DIA0930/TH
Post Type Full time, 1 year fixed term
Division Physical Science
Salary information Circa £34k
Application deadline 30/05/2014
Date of interviews


Job Description

The UK’s national synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science. Located 20 minutes from Oxford, it sits in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers rewarding career opportunities.

Beamline I16 (Materials & Magnetism) has been operational for six years and provides a World-class single crystal diffraction facility that is optimised for resonant and magnetic x-ray scattering in the 3-15 keV energy range. It provides variable photon polarization, a six-circle kappa diffractometer and a range  of sample environments and advanced detectors, to support a vibrant UK and international research community and in-house team, focusing on electronic ordering in materials that are of topical interest in condensed matter physics.
We have a vacancy for a PDRA to develop plans for the development of beamline I16 (including development of the x-ray phase retarder), assist users with their experiments and contribute to the I16 in-house research programme in the field of x-ay studies of magnetism.

To develop plans for beamline development, assist users with their experiments and participate in the beamline’s in-house research activities in x-ray studies of magnetism.

Work in the team in the following areas:

  • Provide expert advice in specific areas including x-ray phase retarding optics and sample cryogenics;
  • Prepare detailed proposals for beamline development;
  • Develop instrumentation for applying an electric field to a sample within a pulsed-tube cryostat;
  • Assist users with their experiments, offer expert advice and act as ‘local contact’ for specific experiments;
  • Participate in the I16 in-house research programme by providing expert advice on future projects, collecting and analysing data from the beamline;
  • Assist with the development of off-line laboratory facilities.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate First Degree;
  • PhD;
  • Good knowledge of x-ray diffraction and crystallography;
  • Good knowledge of condensed matter physics, including magnetism;
  • Experience with magnetic x-ray diffraction experiments;
  • Experience of, and expertise in, x-ray phase-retarding optics;
  • Experience of developing sample environment equipment, including high voltages with low temperatures;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • Skilled in computer programming, ideally Python. 

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working.

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to recruitment@diamond.ac.uk



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