Research Associate at HarwellXPS, the National XPS Service

University College London - Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position that will be based at HarwellXPS in Oxfordshire. HarwellXPS is the newly established National XPS Service for the UK, and is a collaboration between Cardiff University and UCL. The service will provide access to XPS instrumentation and expert advice on analysis for UK researchers in academia and industry. Users will be able to access seven instruments in total, located over four sites. The main hub of the facility will be at Harwell, on the Science and Innovation Campus, next to Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron Source. Two state of the art spectrometers will be installed early in 2018. The service will be run by two Research Associates who will liaise with users, assist with analysis, and conduct their own research. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with cutting edge XPS analysis across a very wide range of physical science and engineering. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated team and will have the opportunity to form extensive networks within the UK research community, as well as pursuing their own research programme using the facilities.

The successful applicant will conduct photoemission spectroscopy and related analytical techniques as part of the UK National XPS Service, HarwellXPS. The role will involve liaising with users, maintaining the equipment and conducting training as necessary.

The appointments are funded by EPSRC for 3 years in the first instance.

The successful candidate must possess a strong background in photoemission spectroscopy and surface analysis, as well as the motivation to conduct their own research programme in addition to operating the XPS user service. Experience in collection and analysis of XPS data is essential, as is the ability to conduct training sessions for user groups as well as 1-on-1 training. Experience of vacuum system maintenance and other surface analysis techniques are desirable. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related discipline, or about to be awarded a PhD.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £27,285 - £28,936 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £31,604 - £38,833 per annum, exclusive of London Allowance.

UCL vacancy reference: 1707878

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

HarwellXPS Website: Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Robert Palgrave ( Any queries on the online application process can be directed to Judith James (, as we wish to encourage online applications.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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