Beamline Scientist

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Job Title Beamline Scientist, Beamline B18
Job Reference DIA0642/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £34k
Application deadline 07/10/2011

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.

The position which is for 1 year maternity cover, will work with the B18 team to support users, develop and commission equipments and undertake their own research. We wish to recruit a scientist with experience and strong research interest in XAS. It is essential to have experience of XAS data collection from a synchrotron and a comprehensive knowledge of the data analysis.

B18 is a general purpose bending magnet XAS (XANES, EXAFS) beamline (2.1 - 35 keV), being part of an integrated project devoted to XAS which includes I18, a Microfocus beamline based on an undulator source (2-20 keV), and I20, a high flux versatile multi-pole wiggler, (4-35 keV). The Core-XAS beamline naturally complements the specialized activities undertaken at the other XAS beamlines, allowing experiments with more general and less demanding specifications, preliminary studies, and open to the access of one-time and new users.

Core XAS is used for an extensive range of studies that underpins research programmes across a wide range of applications, including local structure and electronic state, and the study of materials; including catalysts, batteries, fuel-cells, fluids, crystalline and non-crystalline (amorphous phases & colloids) solids, surfaces, environmental and biomaterials.

We require a beamline scientist to provide scientific support to the beamline, working with the B18 team in the following areas:

  • Local contact support to users by setting up and providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques,
  • Installation, assembly, and maintenance of a range of equipment and systems on the beamline and support laboratories, including testing and commissioning,
  • Carry out own research in an area relevant to the beamline and disseminate through publications and presentations,
  • Assist in the development of a new item of equipment or system on the beamline, including testing and commissioning.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification,
  • Second degree in appropriate subject,
  • Experience of X-ray absorption spectroscopy,
  • Experience of data collection at a synchrotron,
  • Experience of XAS analysis package(s),
  • Relevant XAS research experience,
  • 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,
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working,
  • Self motivation,
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team,
  • Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of beamline instrumentation,
  • Experience with Windows/Linux,
  • Successful scientific publication record.

Further Information

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