Beamline Scientist, BLI20

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Job Title Beamline Scientist, BLI20
Job Reference 102/17/TH
Post Type Full time, permanent
Division Physical Science
Salary information £32,805 to £38,593 (Discretionary range to £44,382)
Application deadline 15/10/2017
Date of interviews

Job Description

I20 is a beamline consisting of two x-ray spectrometers that can operate independently. The I20-scanning branch is based on a high energy resolution scanning spectrometer that provides a very intense photon beam with high spectral purity. This branchline is particularly suited for the study of samples where the species of interest is in very low concentration or is embedded in a very heavy matrix. The beamline is also used to perform high resolution XAS by using an x-ray emission spectrometer. The I20-EDE branch uses a dispersive geometry to collect x-ray absorption spectra with high time resolution, from seconds down to microseconds, so it is appropriate for the study of chemical processes.

It is expected that the Beamline Scientist will help the Principal Beamline Scientist with the maintenance and operation of the I20-scanning branch of the beamline. The successful candidate will also participate in the development and commissioning of new equipment: new instrumentation, novel sample environment devices, etc…. They will be expected to interact positively with the user community and provide a high level of expertise to support visiting research teams using the beamline. The successful applicant should have an independent research program in an area relevant to the beamline. In addition, the successful candidate will also actively participate in the maintenance and operation of the EDE branch of I20.

Working in support of the Principal Beamline Scientist the successful candidate will:

  • Provide scientific support to the designated beamline and the user operation programme;
  • Undertake installation, assembly, commissioning and maintenance of a range of equipment and systems on the beamline and in the associated support laboratories;
  • Procure straightforward beamline components;
  • Liaise with the suppliers of the beamline components;
  • Provide local contact support to I20 users by setting up and then providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques;
  • Develop an independent research programme in an area relevant to the beamline taking advantage of the unique characteristics of I20, and disseminate the results of this research through publications and presentations. As part of this activity, the beamline scientist is also expected to lead the development new instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of the beamline;
  • Interact positively with the user community;
  • Actively participate in the maintenance and operation of the EDE branch of the beamline.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • PhD degree/Second degree in biology, chemistry, materials science, physics or related discipline;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Experience and knowledge of synchrotrons;
  • Experience and knowledge in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Emission techniques;
  • Experience in beamline X-ray optics and X-ray instrumentation, including X-ray detectors;
  • Independent research program in an area relevant to the beamline;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an independent research program and successful scientific publication record;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels, providing a high level of expertise;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences;
  • Excellent observational skills;
  • Good organizational and planning skills. 

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Post-doctoral experience in a relevant science area: chemistry, physics, material science;
  • Ability to manage a small team;
  • Experience in other synchrotron based techniques: x-ray diffraction, small angle scattering;
  • Experience of beamline design and construction;
  • Experience in supporting Scientists in the conduct of research in a synchrotron or equivalent facility;
  • Project management experience;
  • Programming skills in Python and Java.

Further Information

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

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