Diamond Birmingham Collaboration (DIAD) Chair

University of Birmingham

Salary: Competitive package for an outstanding candidate.

Joint appointment: Professor in the School of Metallurgy and Materials within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham and Diamond Fellow at Diamond Light Source, Didcot Oxfordshire

Job Summary

The School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham and Diamond Light Source Ltd, Didcot Oxfordshire invite applications for a joint appointment in Materials Science at the Professorial level.

Applications are invited for the position of Professor and Diamond Fellow in Materials Science. This joint position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to establish / develop an internationally leading academic career at the University, establishing an independent research programme in the area of Materials Science and taking advantage of the world-leading synchrotron facilities at Diamond Light Source. The aims of the link with Diamond are to promote outstanding scientific research, establish new collaborations, seed new research, and contribute to the development of facilities at Diamond. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to propose and lead projects to develop techniques and experimental facilities at Diamond. The appointee will also be expected to develop and deliver high quality teaching, mainly in the area of Materials Science, in line with the University’s Strategic Framework.

The School of Metallurgy and Materials provides a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment for outstanding research and education, with a strong focus on characterisation, modelling, processing and performance of materials for a diverse range of applications including aerospace and energy.  Major industrial partnerships include a £60M High Temperature Research Centre with Rolls-Royce, and the School has recently launched the interdisciplinary Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials.  The School is also leading the University’s partnership with Diamond Light Source to develop the DIAD beamline.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and keeping the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge science. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, Diamond Light Source hosts research facilities supporting research in all fields of science. Materials Science is a key area and is supported by other world leading facilities at Harwell like the UK’s neutron spallation source ISIS, as well as the Central Laser Facility. Diamond also benefits from synergies with the Research Complex at Harwell, which hosts a broad range of interdisciplinary research groups including the Catalysis Hub and the Dynamic Structural Science Consortium.

The DIAD beamline, currently in its final design stage, and planed for user operation in 2019, will complement the current instrumental capabilities by providing concurrent imaging and diffraction experiments at the micron scale. The instrument will open new avenues in materials science thanks to its ability to probe simultaneously the 3D microstructure and the phase composition and/or stress state of materials. The instrument will be part of a new Imaging and Microscopy group, including JEEP (Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing), I13 (tomography and coherent imaging), I14 (hard X-ray nanoprobe), I08 (Soft X-ray microscopy) and electron microscopy.   

The Joint Appointee will be based at Diamond for 50% of the time.

Main Duties

  • Develop and conduct and publish internationally leading research in the broad area of Materials Science
  • Contribute to the development of, and make significant use of, the synchrotron research facility at Diamond Light Source, including joint development of sample environments kits for materials science applications.
  • Supervise and train research staff and students and to enhance the research reputations of the University and Diamond;
  • Facilitate other strategic interactions between research groups in the University and at Diamond;
  • Foster scientific links between the different beamlines of the Imaging and Microscopy group, and with other groups in Physical Sciences at Diamond.
  • Secure significant research funding from diverse sources;
  • Contribute strongly to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programme at the University in the area of Materials Science and occasional teaching/outreach at Diamond; and
  • Undertake leadership, management and engagement activities consistent with the strategic aims of the University and Diamond.

Candidate specification

Candidates should have an excellent research track record including high quality publications and a developing independent research profile in an area of Materials Science that is complementary to that of existing groups in Birmingham (see http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/metallurgy-materials/) and that will require use of one or more of the Diamond facilities (see www.diamond.ac.uk). The successful candidate will benefit from access to the excellent research facilities available at both sites and will have the opportunity to propose and lead projects to develop techniques and experimental facilities at Diamond.

Enquiries can be made to Prof Alison Davenport, a.davenport@bham.ac.uk

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 57870 in all enquiries.

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