Beamline Scientist FAXToR

Website ALBAsynchrotron Alba Synchrotron

2020-TEMP-01
25/06/2021
Experiments

Institution

ALBA is a 3rd generation synchrotron light source, serving the Spanish, the European, and world-wide users, part of a broad science and industrial community. Funded by the Spanish Government (Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades) and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d’Economia i Coneixement), we form a national user facility with well-established user programs, highly appreciated in the Spanish research context, and well embedded into the European research infrastructure landscape.

Our highly motivated staff works in a multidisciplinary work environment with an atmosphere formed by lived diversity, inclusion and respect for our colleagues. Located close to Barcelona, you will find yourself in an area where others make vacation, with excellent connectivity to the world and an employer who understands the importance of life-work balance.​

We are looking for a skilled and highly motivated scientist for the FaXToR (Fast XrayTomography and Radiography) beamline. The beamline, currently under construction, will be devoted to fast hard X-ray radioscopy and tomography in both stationary and dynamical studies taking place in the μm- and subsecond- scale. Both absorption and phase-contrast imaging modalities will be routinely used at the beamline. The beamline foreseen to starts user’s operation by the end of 2023.

Function

We are looking for a skilled and highly motivated scientist for the FaXToR (Fast XrayTomography and Radiography) beamline. The beamline, currently under construction, will be devoted to fast hard X-ray radioscopy and tomography in both stationary and dynamical studies taking place in the μm- and subsecond- scale. Both absorption and phase-contrast imaging modalities will be routinely used at the beamline. The beamline foreseen to starts user’s operation by the end of 2023.

As the successful candidate, you will be working under the supervision of the FaXToR group leader within the FaXToR group, leading the prototype, design, construction, installation, and commission of various FaXToR subsystems. Your contributions on hardware and software will enable the “quasi real time tomography”. By working in an interdisciplinary and diverse team of engineers, technicians, and scientists, you will complete your expertise and learn new approaches.

In a later stage and as part of the FaXToR team, you will bring the beamline into user operation. As a beamline scientist, you will support the user program of the beamline. This will include Local Contact duties for selected experiments, engagement in the operation and maintenance of the beamline infrastructure and all experimental facilities of the beamline, and development of technique and instruments. As a Local Contact, you will take ownership of providing excellence in user support, by guiding the user in the preparation phase, ensuring optimum experimental conditions during the experiment, and offering analytical help and, depending on the degree of collaboration, scientific discussions during the analysis phase. You will also analyze the operation conditions and provide to management improvement suggestions including instrumentation and software improvements, operational management adjustments, support strategies, and user access improvements. Under the group leader’s supervision, you will also contribute in evaluating the beamline operational performance.

As a beamline scientist who is engaged in a thriving research program with a good network to your science community, you will understand the research needs of the
community identify opportunities for the quasi-real time X-ray Tomography and Radiography beamline program. By building your own research program as partner of larger collaborations, you will create new capabilities like technique developments, analysis or simulation tools, or instrumentation improvements and additions; the research program will give you a platform to test these capabilities and demonstrate their effectiveness and uniqueness to solve an important scientific problem. You will disseminate the progress of your research in scientific meetings and peer reviewed publications, proving your scientific leadership, demonstrating the larger existing and potential user community the effectiveness of the approach.

As a good team player with excellent soft skills, you will engage with staff and management not only of the FaXToR group but all ALBA searching and exploring scientific and technological synergies. With the same spirit you will also shape your relationship with the user community.

The successful candidate will:
• Contribute to the design, construction and commissioning of the FaXToR beamline, together with the rest of the scientific beamline staff, the corresponding engineers, technicians and all other support staff.
• Contribute in the establishment of the data flow infrastructure and processing pipeline together with the scientific beamline staff, ALBA IT and electronics groups.
• Develop and demonstrate the value of a scientific program in hard X-ray imaging (including if needed beamline instrumentation) that takes advantage of and expands the capabilities of the beamline.
• Initiate and participate in activities aiming at building the future FaXToR user program.
• Provide in the future excellent user support to the user community.

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:
Expected skills and knowledge:
• PhD degree in physics, chemistry, material science, computer science or related discipline.
• Hands-on knowledge in tomography instrumentation design and development, preferable in context with synchrotron facilities.
• Knowledge in image pre/post –processing, Computed Tomography reconstruction algorithms and big data management.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, adaptability to a multidisciplinary environment, sense of responsibility and capabilities to working a group and alone are expected.
The working language at ALBA is English. A good level of English both written and spoken is strictly required.

SELECTION:
Other valuable assets:
• Experience in X-ray phase contrast imaging techniques and applications, proven with publications, is preferable.
• Experience in Python and/or C++ programming and Linux-based systems.
• Knowledge in data work flow programming.
• Experience in students’ supervision.

Other information

• Salary depends on qualifications and experience.
• The contract follows working conditions accordant to CELLS regulations.
• This position is reserved for those candidates having the legal status of persons with disabilities with a degree of disability equal or greater than 33%. If there are
no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements of the position, the rest of the applicants without declared disability will be evaluated.
• Documents to be submitted:
• Cover letter.
• Curriculum Vitae including publication list, active collaborations, and active and pending funding proposals.
• List of tow references

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