Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I16

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I16
Job Reference DIA0792/CB
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 23/12/2012
Date of interviews

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.

Beamline I16 (Materials & Magnetism) has been operational for five years and provides a World-class single crystal diffraction facility that is optimised for resonant and magnetic x-ray scattering in the 3-15 keV energy range. It provides variable photon polarization, a six-circle kappa diffractometer and a range  of sample environments and advanced detectors, to support a vibrant UK and international research community and in-house team, focusing on electronic ordering in materials that are of topical interest in condensed matter physics.

A PDRA is required to develop software for data analysis and modelling of resonant and magnetic scattering.

The post holder will have a good understanding of resonant x-ray scattering and crystallography, to carry out software development. The goal is to develop and test a library of Python-based software tools to allow users to model experimental data from the beamline, mainly from resonant and non-resonant magnetic scattering experiments. This will include coordinate transformations, magnetic structures, scattering matrices and application of symmetry to atomic tensors. The software tools, based on a clear and documented set of definitions, will then be used by Diamond users and staff as a basis for building their own codes for post-experiment data analysis as well as 'real-time' simulations to guide measurements on the beamline.

The successful candidate will assist and advise some user groups with the analysis of their data. A further goal is to implement high-level educational example scripts in order to allow students to experiment with various parameters in order to gain insight into the underlying physics.

  • Develop and document an agreed set of physical definitions;
  • Develop and test Python code based on these definitions using professional coding practices and standards;
  • Work closely with beamline staff and users to ensure that the codes produced are appropriate for modelling data from the beamline;
  • Work closely with DLS Scientific Software and Data Acquisition groups to ensure that code is developed, maintained and documented using Diamond systems.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree;
  • PhD;
  • Good knowledge of x-ray diffraction and crystallography;
  • Good knowledge of condensed matter physics, including magnetism;
  • Experience of programming (ideally Python);
  • Skilled in computer programming, ideally Python;
  • Proven track record in advanced data analysis;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • 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 motivation.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience with synchrotron-based techniques and instrumentation;
  • Experience of sample environment equipment;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix.

Further Information

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