PDRA (Magnetic Spectroscopy)

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Job Title Post Doctoral Research Associate (Magnetic Spectroscopy)
Job Reference DIA0781/CB
Post Type
Division CEO's Office
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 12/11/2012

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

Magnetic Spectroscopy has been recognized as a main area of in-house and collaborative research. The group has a long-standing international reputation and is involved in experimental scientific programmes at Diamond and elsewhere (ESRF-Grenoble, ALS-Berkeley, BESSY-Berlin). X-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism using polarized soft x-rays have become powerful element-specific probes to measure the spin and orbital magnetic moments of magnetic materials, such as for technological application in spintronics.  Among the new developments using magnetic dichroism are soft x-ray magnetic holography, and x-ray ferromagnetic resonance (XFMR) spectroscopy and among the new materials studied are topological insulators, exchange spring magnets, multiferroics and magnetoelectrics.

The successful applicant will be an active member of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Lab and collaborate in synchrotron radiation-related activities, involving a variety of beam lines as well as off-line instruments, such as magneto-optical Kerr effect and vector network analyser ferromagnetic resonance (VNA-FMR).

To support and advance this project we are looking for a person with good knowledge of magnetism and related magnetic measurement techniques using synchrotron radiation.  

Duties to include:

  • Participating in the in-house research programme of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Group and the publication of the results;
  • Developing time-resolved microwave techniques;
  • Collaborating in other new developments in the area of soft x-ray magnetic spectroscopy;
  • Participating in beamtime at Diamond as well as national synchrotron facilities abroad;
  • Assisting in the running of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Lab and synchrotron radiation-related activities in collaboration with staff and users


Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and to take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to present seminars and write papers on research work;
  • Ability to take day to day responsibility of experiments;
  • Ability to coordinate research activities;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels and as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be able to travel occasionally in the UK and abroad, including overnight absences;
  • Availability to work outside normal hours when experiments require;
  • Experience in scientific applications of polarized soft x-ray techniques;
  • Good practical background in magnetic measurement techniques;
  • Appropriate PhD degree;  Research qualification as demonstrated by scientific output, such as an excellent scientific publication record

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience in ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) techniques;
  • Experience in holographic imaging;
  • Experience with ultra high vacuum techniques, soft x-ray beamlines and with magnetic dichroism;
  • Experience with technical and scientific computer programming;
  • Experience with synchrotron-related techniques on magnetic materials;
  • A few years of relevant experience after PhD

Further Information

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to recruitment@diamond.ac.uk

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