Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Materials Group, I16

    • Application Deadline
      03 March 2024
    • Job Salary
      £37,087 to £40,754 per annum (Discretionary range to £46,868), dependent upon skills and experience
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    Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Materials Group, I16

    £37,087 to £40,754 per annum (Discretionary range to £46,868), dependent upon skills and experience

    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire – based onsite.

    Full time / Flexible hours considered.

    3 Years

    Reference: 11303

    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 (PDRA) to join the Magnetic Materials Group as part of the beamline I16 team. I16 has become an international reference point for the international condensed matter community exploring phenomena such as magnetic, charge, and orbital ordering in complex materials. The PDRA will participate to the ongoing technical development of the beamline.

    The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research programme centred on investigating non-collinear or chiral magnetic structures using polarised x-rays, as well as magnetic and structural domains in strongly correlated electron systems and functional materials. Interested candidates are encouraged to propose research activity that exploits the unique polarised light capabilities of the beamline. An essential aspect of the role will be to work collaboratively with the user community.

    For further details about I16 visit

    About You

    You will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in condensed matter physics, or a closely related discipline, and you should have some experience in the use of scientific instrumentation,

    You will be motivated and willing to participate in the activities of the Magnetic Materials Group, particularly the in-house research programme and technical developments on I16 closely related to your research activity.

    Your scientific interests should be in one of more of the following fields: strongly correlated electron systems, determination of complex magnetic structures, functional magnetic materials e.g., multiferroics, magnetically frustrated and chiral materials.

    You will need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.


    Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus Christmas closure, public holidays, 2 annual volunteering days and flexible working hours. We also offer an excellent defined benefit 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.

    The initial closing date for applications is 3rd March 2024, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.

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