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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate, Beamline I09
Job Reference DIA0840/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 09/06/2013

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.

Beamline I09 is an undulator beamline that provides both soft (150 eV – 2.1 keV) and hard (2.1 – 18 keV) x-rays for investigating the atomic and electronic structures of a wide range of surfaces and interfaces using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), x-ray standing waves (XSW) and photoelectron diffraction (PhD).

This position will focus on the research that utilizes hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) for studying the electronic properties, chemical compositions and atomic structures of metal oxide thin films, including cuprate/manganite heterostructures, proton conducting fuel cell superlattices, and transparent conducting oxide thin films. The samples will be prepared mostly by our collaborators using pulsed-laser deposition or molecular beam expitaxy in their institutes. The HAXPES experiments will be performed in a newly constructed UHV surface science end-station on the beamline, where samples can be uniquely characterized with both soft and hard x-rays. Other methods such as NEXAFS, XSW and soft x-ray angle-resolved photoemission (SX-ARPES) can be also applied for complementary information. In addition to the research project, the PDRA will be involved in commissioning the end-station (e.g., testing the electron analyzer or other detectors) and in some of the external user experiments that will also use the same end-station.

PDRA will be responsible for the in-house research project on HAXPES studies of metal oxide thin films using the surface science end-station in EH2 on Beamline I09.
Working with the I09 beamline team in the following areas:

  • Day-to-day responsibility for the in-house research programme on metal oxide thin films including the analysis and publication of the results;
  • testing and commissioning of the surface science end-station (e.g., sample heating, cooling, electron analyzer and other detectors);
  • support of relevant research projects of the users, who will come from a diverse scientific background;
  • presentation of the in-house research, beamline developments and scientific papers at meetings and conferences;
  • assist with the general commissioning of beamline hardware and the development of data acquisition, visualisation and analysis software;
  • assist the beamline staff in maintaining and running the beamline peripheral laboratories.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree;
  • PhD;
  • Experience or knowledge of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy;
  • Experience of research on electronic properties of metal oxides;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience or knowledge of other x-ray methods such as near edge x-ray absorption fine structure, angle-resolved photoemission and x-ray standing waves;
  • Experience of ultrahigh vacuum techniques;
  • Experience or knowledge of surface science or thin film growth techniques;
  • Experience of synchrotrons / x-ray beamlines;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • Experience of programming for data acquisition or data analysis.

Further Information

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

Applying for employment

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