Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Coherent X-ray Diffraction Microscopy

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

Parks Road

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Coherent X-ray Diffraction Microscopy to join the Hofmann group at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. The post is funded by the European Research Council and is fixed-term with a maximum duration of 3 years.

The aim is to use Bragg Coherent X-ray Diffraction (BCXD) techniques to probe the complex lattice distortions associated with crystal defects. The successful applicant will develop new BCXD approaches that make it possible to study highly defected and extended samples. S/he will use these techniques to explore the complex lattice distortions associated with atomic scale crystal defects, shedding lights on how defect structures form, self-organise and interact. In-operando experiments will be used to clarify how defects respond to external stimuli. S/he will also more generally support and contribute to X-ray diffraction work in the Hofmann group.

Applicants should hold/be near completion of a PhD, have experience of carrying out coherent X-ray diffraction experiments at synchrotron facilities, and have a proven ability to develop algorithms to analyse coherent X-ray diffraction data. A strong publication record, excellent communication skills, self-motivation and a willingness to travel for experiments abroad are also essential.

Informal queries may be addressed to Professor Felix Hofmann:

Further information can be found at: and at

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of at least two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 1 November 2017 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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