This project is now closed for applications.
ePSIC is a national facility for electron microscopy based at Diamond Light Source, specialising in the development of cutting-edge imaging techniques. Scanning electron diffraction experiments enabled by fast direct electron detectors are now one of the main techniques for studying beam sensitive materials, e.g. battery materials and organic perovskites. Users and staff at ePSIC have been at the forefront of the technique development in this field for the last 5 years. There are numerous steps of the alignment and calibration of these experiments that are both tedious and time consuming, involving manual fine-tuning of multiple interdependent lenses and deflectors. Similarly, there are aspects of the data acquisition in this mode that are repetitive and can benefit from automation, both to enhance efficiency and to minimise electron dose on the sample.
Using the JEOL microscope python API available on E02 - PyJEM - we can both pull scanning image signal from the microscope and control all lenses and deflectors. The aim of the present project is to automate alignment and data acquisition in scanning electron diffraction experiments. The outcome would be the development of python scripts for automated alignment and data acquisition and incorporating them into a graphical user interface.
The automated alignment module would strongly benefit ePSIC Users, reducing the time spent fine-tuning alignment parameters significantly. The data acquisition module would enable Users to take advantage of automated decision-making routines and therefore collect large volumes of useful data in an unsupervised manner. This work is building on previous Year in Industry projects at ePSIC, automating the standard HR-STEM data collection and data processing routine and incorporating PyJEM to directly control the microscope.
Please apply via our online application portal. The vacancy that you are applying for is the "Year in Industry 2023" listing, you will then have the opportunity to select up to three projects to apply for. This project's reference is 23011Y.
Interviews will take place face-to-face at Diamond on Monday 14, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2022.
If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.
Please note that this role does not meet the required skill level for a Skilled Worker visa and therefore we would be unable to sponsor individuals due to the current UK Home Office immigration rules. To be appointed to the role, candidates will need to have the right to work in the UK without sponsorship from us.
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