Principal Beamline Scientist, Hard X-ray Nanoscale Probe for Complex Systems

This vacancy is now closed
Job Title Principal Beamline Scientist, A Hard X-ray Nanoscale Probe for Complex Systems
Job Reference DIA0617/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £47k
Application deadline 10/06/2011
Date of interviews 22/07/2011


Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

This beamline will provide a suite of techniques to study nanostructures and the complex systems they build, including artificial nanostructured materials, biological systems and naturally occurring nanomaterials on Earth and from space. It will provide a powerful multi-scale probe able to provide a detailed understanding from the fundamental properties of the nanoscale building blocks through to the functioning of complex large-scale assemblies. It will perform SAXS, XRD and X ray-spectroscopy on the nanoscale in complex sample environments. The beamline will have an energy range of 3.5 -30 keV, and will serve 2 end-stations. One end-station will be a nanoprobe with a development goal of 10 nm and an initial aim of 30 nm focus. The other end-station will be optimised for small and wide angle scattering and fluorescence mapping with a variable focus in the range 5m to 100 nm.

To design, build and operate a world leading Hard X-ray Nanoscale Probe Beamline. Pursue an internationally competitive research programme in a subject related to probing complex systems on the nanoscale using hard X-rays.

  • Take overall responsibility as Project Manager for delivering the beamline within the planned cost, capability and timescale;
  • Responsible for detailed development of the specification for the overall beamline layout and equipment required including detectors, the experimental hutch, optics hutch and front end;
  • Responsible for detailed development of appropriate support laboratories and utilisation of peripheral space;
  • Responsible for efficient operation of the beamline for users after commissioning;
  • Establish and manage the beamline team of staff;
  • Encourage users from new areas of science;
  • Establish a beamline community using sub-micron X-ray beams to probe complex systems using Small Angle X-ray Scattering, X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction;
  • Ensure that the beamline and associated facilities continue to meet the scientific requirements as agreed with the user community;
  • Plan future beamline development of the same type;
  • Establish a world leading user research programme on beamline;
  • Undertake research in your own area.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Second degree in appropriate subject;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Significant experience of beamline design including X-ray optics;
  • Knowledge of nano-focussing X-ray optics;
  • Experience in at least one of the following; Small Angle X-ray Scattering, X-ray spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction.
  • A proven track record of research in the appropriate field of synchrotron radiation science related to the beamline;
  • Ability to manage a small team;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Self motivated;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Project management experience.

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally in the UK and overseas including overnight stays.

Proposal details are available to view at:

http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/Beamlines/PhaseIII/approved.html

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



Other information