Principal Beamline Scientist for I07 (Surface and Interface Diffraction)

Diamond Light Source - Physical Sciences

The position is based at Beamline I07 at Diamond, which is designed for grazing incidence diffraction using an intense X-ray beam (6-30 keV) to study the structure and morphology of surfaces and interfaces. The successful applicant will be responsible for this state-of-the art beamline which is used to study the structures formed over a range of length scales, from sub-angstrom positional information of atoms in well-ordered structures to the morphology of nanostructures. It enables accurate determination of structures at the surface of a material or an interface between two materials. The experiments will be carried out in a number of different sample environments, including ultrahigh vacuum, liquid layers or buried solid interfaces.

Developing a strong in-house science programme is a critical aspect of this role. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct their own internationally leading research activities on the beamline and elsewhere.

Suitable candidates should have expertise in the principles of synchrotron crystal truncation rod analysis, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity or grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering, and they should have a strong interest in a specific area of surface science (e.g. ultrahigh vacuum, soft matter surfaces, photovoltaics). The position will involve responsibility for beamline upgrades and defining/leading the development projects. Experience of surface diffraction instrumentation and methodology, structure solution and refinement and additional knowledge of related techniques (e.g. LEED, RHEED, ellipsometry, AFM/STM) is a requirement for this role.

The successful candidate will help maintain the beamline including the end-station, and provide user support by assisting visiting scientists to carry out a wide range of experiments.

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