Post Doctoral Research Associate - structure and morphology

    Post Doctoral Research Associate - structure and morphology.
    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
    £34,642 to £40,754 per annum, dependent upon skills and experience
    Full time / Flexible hours considered.
    3 years
    Reference: 11172

    About Us
    Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth, and environmental sciences.

    About the Role
    We now have an opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the I07 beamline team.

    The I07 beamline is dedicated to the characterization of the structure and morphology of solid and liquid surfaces and interfaces, using surface x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity and grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering techniques. The beamline activity is centred on the study of in-situ/operando processes in a variety of different environments, ranging from 2D materials in Ultra-High Vacuum to catalytic reactions under realistic conditions and electrochemical systems.

    The successful candidate will be working on the in-house research program on in-situ/operando characterization of interfacial chemical reactions. In particular the position will focus on the study of the surface structure and dynamics at the microscale during chemical and electrochemical processes. The work will be carried out in collaboration with a motivated beamline team and will include the design of new experiments and the development of novel data collection strategy.

    You will contribute to the operation of the beamline and will provide support to external users as local contact. You will also be able to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the beamline to propose and develop your own research program and you'll have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with the widely international user community of I07.

    About you
    You should hold a Ph.D. in a scientific field relevant for the post (e.g. physics, physical-chemistry, chemistry or material science). Well-developed experimental skills and the ability of conducting high quality original research are required.

    Also experience or knowledge in the following areas:
    • Surface/interface science, electrochemistry, or catalysis
    • Surface x-ray diffraction/scattering techniques.
    • UHV techniques,
    • Surface characterization techniques (XPS, AFM, STM, ellipsometry, LEED, RHEED...)
    • Software development and programming would be an important asset.

    Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays and 2 annual volunteering days, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

    To Apply
    Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

    Further Information may be obtained from Francesco Carla’ (telephone: +44 (0) 1235 77 8023; email: [email protected])

    The initial closing date for applications is 1st October 2023, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.

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