Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate for at-wavelength x-ray metrology
Job Reference DIA0764/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 30/08/2012

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we host facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science.

Several fields of sciences these days require diffraction-limited optics, and beam stability at the nanometre scale. These are very demanding tasks and require development of precise, accurate, and repeatable metrology. In this respect, in-situ at-wavelength (i.e. using x-rays) methods are the most suited. At-wavelength (x-ray) metrology methods have been established on B16 - Diamond’s Test beamline. These at-wavelength metrology methods have opened up new possibilities for optics and wavefront characterization.
We are seeking a self motivated candidate to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to further develop the methods of at-wavelength metrology, in particular the X-ray Grating Interferometry and the X-ray Speckle tracking technique. They will be required to work closely with the B16 beamline team and the scientists in the Optics & Metrology group. Candidates should have a strong background in X-ray metrology and the associated data processing techniques.

  • Further develop the x -ray speckle tracking technique and use it for wavefront characterisation of hard x-ray micro and nano focusing;
  • Extend grating interferometer work to establish the two dimensional grating interferometer on B16;
  • Develop data analysis software for at-wavelength metrology;
  • Characterise and test optics on B16;
  • Develop prototype systems for using the at-wavelength metrology methods on other beamlines at Diamond;
  • Present latest results and research in international conferences and workshops;
  • Publish work in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate First Degree;
  • Appropriate PhD degree or equivalent qualification or experience;
  • Practical experience in the development of at-wavelength metrology;
  • Experience with synchrotron based instrumentation;
  • Experience of performing experiments at synchrotron facilities;
  • Programming experience in python, C++, Matlab or a similar platform;
  • Experience of developing data processing techniques;
  • 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 work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Strong mathematical background;
  • Good theoretical understanding of X-ray optics;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels.

Further Information

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

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