Beamline Scientist/ Senior Beamline Scientist

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Job Title Beamline Scientist/ Senior Beamline Scientist
Job Reference DIA0796/CB
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k/ Circa £42k
Application deadline 27/01/2013

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.

We are seeking a (senior) Beamline Scientist for I15-1, the independent side-station of the Extreme Condition Beamline I15. I15-1 is dedicated to x-ray pair distribution studies and will be built within the footprint of I15. It will be taking radiation at 40-80 keV of an x-ray beam offset from the broad fan produced by the wiggler insertion device. A beam, optimized with respect to energy resolution and flux for three dedicated energies and various focal sizes, will be delivered to a separate experimental hutch. The flexibility of the sample station should facilitate the development and installation of more complex sample environments at a later stage. The (senior) Beamline Scientist is expected to have an independent research programme and to participate in the wider science programme of I15.

Working in support of the Principal Beamline Scientist in the following areas:

• Play a full part in the design and construction of I15-1;
• Assist in the procurement of I15-1 components;
• Liaise with the suppliers of the I15-1 components;
• Play a full part in the testing or developing I15-1 related components;
• Play a full part in commissioning and operation of I15-1;
• Close interaction with the users;
• The operation and further development of I15-1;
• Assist users in the analysis of data recorded on I15-1;
• Carry out own research in an area relevant to I15-1.

Additional duties for appointment at the senior level:

  • To lead the design, procurement, testing, installation and commissioning of particular significant items for the beamline or instrumentation which would enhance or improve its capability;
  • Develop own research/technical expertise to become internationally recognised through publications and presentations for own work in an area relevant to beamline;
  • Enhance the operation of the facility by collaboration and dissemination of specialist knowledge with the other Diamond staff and users

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Second degree in appropriate subject;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Excellent observational skills;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Self motivated;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Knowledge of beamline instrumentation;
  • Highly experienced in x-ray pair distribution technique;
  • Strong scientific publication record

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience in x-ray pair distribution experiments at high pressure;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop own research program(Essential for appointment at the higher level);
  • Experience of managing a beamline for users- (Essential for appointment at the higher level);
  • Project management experience (Essential for appointment at the higher level);
  • Programming skills in Python and Java;
  • Ability to manage a small team (Essential for appointment at the higher level)

Further Information

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