Post Doctoral Research Associate, I18

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Job Title Post Doctoral Research Associate, I18
Job Reference 110/17/TH
Post Type Full time, 3 year fixed term
Division Physical Science
Salary information £32,805 to £38,593 (Discretionary range to £44,382)
Application deadline 12/11/2017
Date of interviews


Job Description

I18 is a microfocus spectroscopy beamline, producing a micron scale X-ray beam over the energy range 2.05 to 20.6 keV. It performs 2 and 3 D imaging using X-ray fluorescence, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. It has recently developed novel set-ups for operando catalysis studies e.g.DOI:10.1126/sciadv.1602838.

To lead in the development of new sample environments for using microfluidics to look at particle formation kinetics and reactions; maintaining and improving existing sample environments for operando catalysis; assisting in the operation of the beamline; keeping abreast of new experimental trends; conduct own research related to particle formation and catalysis.

Working with the I18 beamline team in the following areas:

  • Development of new  microfluidic sample environments for microfocus X-ray studies of kinetics;
  • Maintaining and improving existing sample environments;
  • Assisting in the operation of the beamline;
  • Pursuit of a research programme on the study of related to particle formation and catalysis, including the analysis and publication of the results;
  • Keeping up with latest results and research directions internationally;
  • Assist the beamline staff in maintaining and running the beamline peripheral laboratories;
  • Occasional support of the research projects of users, (analysis, experimental set-up etc.) who will come from a diverse scientific background. (This will include occasional duties as local contact for users).

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate First Degree;
  • Appropriate PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or equivalent qualification;
  • Experience or knowledge of synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • 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-motivated;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Hands-on experience of using or developing apparatus for in-situ experiments;
  • Experience of X-ray diffraction experiments and analysis;
  • Experience of microfocus X-ray techniques;
  • Experience with XAS analysis;
  • Experience in Python, Jython, Java or C++.

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences 

Applying for employment

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