Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I20

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I20
Job Reference 045/17/TH
Post Type Full time, 3 year fixed term
Division Physical Science
Salary information £32,480 to £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943)
Application deadline 01/05/2017
Date of interviews


Job Description

Working under the supervision of the I20 Principal Beamline Scientist, the PDRA will be responsible for developing a research programme in the area of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy applied to the study of the structure and properties of metal-organic framework materials. The aim of the project is to develop optimised experimental methods and analytical approaches for X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of this class of material, that enhance the experimental capabilities of I20 (X-ray absorption spectroscopy in transmission, fluorescence and dispersive geometries, and X-ray emission spectroscopy). In addition to their primary research programme, the PDRA will be expected to assist in the general development and commissioning of the beamline instrumentation, as well provide a level of user experiment support through local contacting experiments and data analysis.

  • To develop a research programme in the area of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy applied to the study of the structure and properties of metal-organic framework materials under the supervision of the I20 Principal Beamline Scientist;
  • To develop and setup the new equipment necessary to carry out the above research programme;
  • To carry out experiments, to analyse the data and to publish the results, both in international journals and through attendance at scientific conferences;
  • To keep up with latest results and research directions of the national and international community;
  • To develop experimental and data analysis techniques and implementing them on the beamline;
  • To assists in the development of new instrumentation to upgrade the performance of the beamline;
  • To assists in the maintenance of the beamline components and equipment during operations;
  • To assists in the support of users in performing their experiments at Diamond;
  • To support of in-house research activities.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate First Degree;
  • Postgraduate degree;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Experience or knowledge of synchrotrons;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivated;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences. 

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of beamline instrumentation;
  • Knowledge of x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques;
  • Knowledge of scripting languages, i.e. Jython;
  • Knowledge of routine laboratory characterization techniques such as Raman, IR, UV-Vis;
  • Experience with sample environment equipment: cryostats, gas cells, etc…;
  • Research experience in MOFs synthesis and characterization.

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

Applying for employment

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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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