Electron Microscopy Scientist

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Job Title Electron Microscopy Scientist
Job Reference 103/17/TH
Post Type Full time, permanent
Division Physical Science
Salary information £32,805 to £38,593 (Discretionary range to £44,382)
Application deadline 22/10/2017
Date of interviews


Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s National Synchrotron Science facility and has integrated in its portfolio two centres dedicated to Electron microscopy: eBIC (electron Bio-imaging Centre) and ePSIC (electron Physical Sciences Imaging Centre).  Diamond is 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. ePSIC enables UK and international scientists to access state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques by providing access to two aberration corrected JEOL microscopes, JEM ARM 200 and JEM GRAND ARM 300. Those are located in an ultra-stable environment that allows them to work and reach imaging capabilities at the atomic and subatomic level. (For more information about the microscopes please visit the web pages) 

We have a vacancy for an Electron Microscopy Scientist working at ePSIC. With the creation of a Physical Sciences Imaging and Microscopy group at Diamond, this is an opportunity to join and contribute to a multi-disciplinary team of experts in Electron microscopy and Synchrotron radiation techniques. Diamond, operating the electron microscopes as a user facility, aims to build a team of expert microscopists with an in-depth experience of running aberration corrected EMs and detailed understanding of atomic scale imaging methods, including the application of EDX, EELS and electron diffraction. As “beamline scientist” for the electron microscopes, the primary role for the successful candidate will be to support the day-to-day operation of the ePSIC instruments, and provide technical, scientific and data analysis expertise for the external users, as part of a collaborative research program. We will also encourage the successful candidate to develop a strong personal research program in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering and seek to enhance the scientific collaborations within the Imaging and Microscopy group as well as other Diamond groups. Under the direction of the Science and Operation directors of ePSIC, you will contribute to building a national and international community of Users and develop ePSIC as a centre of excellence in electron microscopy in the UK.

To work with the Science and Operations Directors of the Physical Science Electron Microscopy Facility at Diamond to operate, deliver, and contribute to the development of a user facility for aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy

  • Provide a local contact role including set up and out of hours support to users of electron microscopy at Diamond, providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques;
  • Manage user visits, train new users and contribute scientifically to the research and development of projects;
  • Develop a research program in a scientific topic in Physical Sciences with electron microscopy as the primary tool and ideally exploiting the X-ray capabilities offered at Diamond; 
  • Assist in the development of new equipment on the microscopes, including testing and commissioning;
  • Collaborate with other Diamond and within ePSIC staff to develop research/technical expertise in an area relevant to electron microscopy;
  • Enhance the operation of the microscopes by collaboration and dissemination of specialist knowledge with other Diamond Staff and Users;
  • Disseminate and communicate microscope's capabilities and output through publications and presentations. 

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree;
  • Relevant postgraduate degree (or ability to demonstrate significant relevant experience);
  • Experience of transmission electron microscopy data collection and analysis;
  • Demonstrated track record in electron microscopy;
  • Extensive at least one postdoctoral experience in EMs;
  • Experience in the preparation of samples for transmission electron microscopy;
  • Good dexterity and the ability to use fine, delicate instruments;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Ability to design, plan, organise, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Strong organisational skill and methodical record keeping;
  • Ability to work flexibly with weekend and out-of-hours working.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of project management;
  • Experience in using a user facility;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • Experience with troubleshooting EM issues and working with factory engineers to resolve them;
  • Extensive experience in relevant software packages.

Further Information

  • Ability to work flexibly with 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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