Postdoctoral Research Associate, I15-1

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate, I15-1
Job Reference DIA1026/TH
Post Type Full time, 3 year fixed term
Division Physical Science
Salary information Circa £34k
Application deadline 04/05/2015
Date of interviews 27/05/2015


Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we host research facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science.
The I15-1 Beamline at Diamond Light Source will be the first X-ray Pair-Distribution-Function (X-PDF) instrument of its kind in Europe and ready for first users in 2016. It will interface directly with the current diffraction and Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure capabilities on offer at Diamond, and will collaborate with the scientific programmes of the Extreme Conditions (I15) and Engineering (I12) beamlines.
We are seeking a PDRA to participate in the development of the software for XPDF data collection and processing for a robust on-the-fly X-PDF generation at I15-1. This requires writing and maintaining code for 2D-diffraction data collection and correction and implementation of strategies for an automated data processing. A knowledge of the general data acquisition software and a sound foundation in Java programming is highly desirable. The successful candidate will perform individual research related to local structure determination. The post will be for three years.

To strongly support in the development of software for X-PDF data collection and processing for a robust on-the-fly X-PDF generation; writing and maintaining new code for 2D-diffraction data collection; implementing strategies for an automated data processing; keeping abreast of new software and analysis trends; conduct own research related to local structure determination.

Work in the team in the following areas:

  • Development of software for X-PDF data collection and processing for a robust on-the-fly X-PDF generation;
  • Writing and maintaining code for 2D-diffraction data collection and correction;
  • Ensuring an easy transition from X-PDF data to analysis programs;
  • Develop data collection strategies for efficient XPDF data collection on I15-1 & I15;
  • Pursuit of a research programme on the study of related to local structure determination, including the analysis and publication of the results;
  • Keeping up with latest results and research directions internationally.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate First Degree;
  • PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Earth Sciences, or equivalent qualification;
  • Experience or knowledge of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction;
  • Experience in Python, Jython, Java or C++;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • 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 of total scattering methods;
  • Detailed knowledge of scattering theory;
  • Experience with PDF analysis programs such as PDFgui and RMCProfile.

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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