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

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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.

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