Principal Beamline Scientist, Inelastic X-ray Scattering Beamline

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Job Title Principal Beamline Scientist, Inelastic X-ray Scattering Beamline
Job Reference DIA0654/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £47k
Application deadline 31/10/2011

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.

Diamond plans to build a two-branch beamline, consisting of a soft X-ray RIXS facility, and a hard X-ray end-station to support RIXS and to develop a novel mV NRIXS spectrometer. The hard and soft X-ray branches will eventually operate in parallel.  The first part of the project is to design, construct and operate a world-class soft X-ray RIXS facility with a large spectrometer in a dedicated external building, optimised for studies of condensed matter physics including novel magnetic materials and strongly-correlated electron systems.  The current vacancy is for a Principal Beamline Scientist, who will take responsibility for both branches, with the support of a small dedicated scientific and technical team and lead in-house research activities on the new facility.

To design, build and operate a world leading Inelastic X-ray scattering beamline. Pursue an internationally competitive research programme in a subject related to Inelastic X-ray scattering methods.

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Experience in Inelastic X-ray scattering methods;
  • Experience in Soft –X-ray optics;
  • Significant experience of beamline design;
  • 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 UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Proposal details are available at:

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