Principal Beamline Scientist, I06

Job Title Principal Beamline Scientist, I06
Job Reference 041/18/TH
Post Type Full time, permanent
Division Physical Science
Salary information £53,219 to £62,611 (Discretionary range to £72,003)
Application deadline 29/04/2018
Date of interviews 04/06/2018

Job Description

We have an opening for a Principal Beamline Scientist to lead in the area of polarised soft x-ray spectroscopy and microscopy.

Beamline I06 uses an intense X-ray beam (80eV-2100eV), to study magnetic phenomena. The activity includes magnetic imaging of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic nanostructures using PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (PEEM), X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD) using a superconducting vector magnet and ultrafast Soft X-Ray Diffraction (SXD). The successful applicant will be responsible for all aspects of the beamline and its development including an upgrade to an aberration-corrected PEEM. The beamline is part of the Magnetism Group within Diamond and has close links with I10, I16 and I21 which concentrate on XMCD, Hard X-ray Diffraction and Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS).

Suitable candidates should have expertise in polarised soft x-ray science including x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, x-ray magnetic linear dichroism and soft x-ray diffraction. The position will involve being responsible for beamline upgrades and defining/leading development projects. Experience of polarised x-ray science and knowledge of related techniques (e.g. XMCD, SXD) is a requirement for this role. Developing a strong in-house science programme is also a critical aspect of this role. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct their own internationally leading research activities on the beamline and elsewhere.

To design, build and operate a world class beamline.

The core duties and responsibilities of Principal Beamline Scientists (PBSs) include, as appropriate and as agreed with a Science Director:

  • lead the design, build and commissioning of one or more beamlines and/or a continual programme of short term (1 year) and long term (3-5 year) upgrades and state of the art developments;
  • direct the operation of one or more beamlines with full responsibility for the schedule, beamline maintenance, user support, advice and involvement in beamtime and measurement methodology, data reduction/analysis and advice on publications;
  • prime responsibility for safety on the beamline and peripheral labs; including risk assessments, personnel safety system documentation and ensuring good practice;
  • budgetary responsibility for the beamline operations and relevant upgrade projects;
  • lead the development of appropriate beamline support laboratories and the management of the peripheral space;
  • the establishment, management and professional development of the beamline team of staff;
  • leadership of the Technical Working Group and establishment/support of the User Working group;
  • coordination (financial, technical, scientific, resource management, build, commissioning and documentation) of complex beamline operations projects across many groups within Diamond;
  • beamline reporting; produce internal and external reports as required;
  • contribute to scientific direction of long term strategic planning for Diamond in area of expertise through long term (5-10 year) vision statements;
  • maximise the impact of the beamline by engagement with the best user groups from across the world;
  • stakeholder engagement; develop and present training seminars, workshops and summer schools.  Outreach to a wide variety of stakeholders including VIP visits, the local community and the wider scientific community;
  • other management responsibilities including scientific advisory committee review preparation, beamline budget preparation, chairing interview panels, grade review boards and job evaluation. Related external duties including peer review of publications;
  • develop own internationally competitive in-house research programme including supervision of doctoral students;
  • PBSs may also be required to undertake additional management responsibilities as agreed with a Science Director. 

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Second degree (PhD) in an area related to x-ray studies of condensed matter physics in magnetic materials;
  • Active research program in a field relevant to the use of the polarised soft x-ray techniques, be able to highlight their personal contributions to research publications and demonstrate international recognition for their work;
  • Ability to successfully motive and manage a small team;
  • A proven track record of research in the appropriate field of synchrotron radiation science related to the beamline;
  • Demonstrated expertise in aspects of polarised soft x-ray science;
  • Proven experience in the successful management of staff;
  • Experience with Windows/ Linux;
  • 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 and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivated;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences and able to work occasionally out of regular office hours;
  • Good organisational and planning skills.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Project management experience including budgetary and resource management responsibility for large projects;
  • Commissioning and operation of a soft x-ray energy beamline;
  • Beamline instrumentation and optics experience.

Further Information

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