Principal Beamline Scientist for I12

Diamond Light Source - Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing Beamline JEEP

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities.

We are looking for a Principal Beamline Scientist for the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing Beamline (JEEP) beamline I12 at Diamond, an experimental facility that provides intense radiation in the high-energy X-ray spectrum, and is a multi-technique facility for diffraction and imaging of engineering components, and materials and processes, under real conditions.

I12 is located on a short (5m) straight section of the Diamond storage ring and uses a 4.2 T superconducting wiggler to provide polychromatic and monochromatic X-rays in the energy range 53-150 keV. The beam energy enables good penetration through large or dense samples, combined with a large beam size (1 mrad hor. × 0.3 mrad ver.) The beam characteristics permit the in-situ study of materials and processes inside environmental chambers without unacceptable attenuation of the beam and without the need to use sample sizes which are atypically small for the process under study. X-ray techniques available to users are radiography, tomography, energy-dispersive diffraction, monochromatic and white beam 2D diffraction/scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Since commencing operations in November 2009, I12 has established a broad user community in materials science and processing, chemical processing, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, palaeontology and physics.

The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a large user base in diverse scientific areas, will be encouraged to develop their own research program and foster links with the researchers developing currently the other imaging methods on I13 and DIAD and other beamlines. The successful candidate will manage a team of beamline scientists and technicians to support user operations, will lead the instrumental development programme and elaborate the long-term strategy for the beamline and ancillary equipment, including preparation laboratories.

Suitable candidates should have preferably a PhD in in-situ materials science with time resolved tomography experience or related disciplines, and a significant post-doctoral experience using high energy X-rays in large-scale facilities. The candidate must have an active research program in a field relevant to the use of the tomography technique, be able to highlight their personal contributions to research publications and demonstrate international recognition for their work.

The core duties and responsibilities of Principal Beamline Scientists (PBS’s) include, as appropriate and as agreed with a Science Director:

  • Lead the design, build and commissioning of one or more beamlines and/or a continual programme of short term (1 year) and long term (3-5 year) upgrades and state of the art developments;
  • Direct the operation of one or more beamlines with full responsibility for the schedule, beamline maintenance, user support, advice and involvement in beamtime and measurement methodology, data reduction/analysis and advice on publications;

For further information and to apply, please click on the apply button, to visit our website.

Closing date: 6 February 2018.

Interview date: 9 March 2018.

Diamond is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

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