Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist for DIAD

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Division: Physical Science
Full Time Salary: £33,297to £39,172 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,048), or £42,931 to £50,507 per annum (Discretionary range to £58,083) for the Senior level
Term: 3 years
Closing Date: 07/04/2019
Ref No: 10161

We are looking for a beamline scientist to join the  Dual Imaging and Diffraction (DIAD) beamline.  DIAD is unique facility which will provide a dual beam instrument capable of quasi-simultaneous micron-scale imaging and diffraction. DIAD is expected to become operational in Spring 2020.  The properties of many materials depend on the interaction between microstructure, mechanical or chemical state, phase and composition. All of these factors vary dynamically under the influence of mechanical load, temperature, electrical potential, growth, etc. With DIAD’s combined imaging and micro diffraction facility we will be able to study and characterise materials and processes from a wide variety of scientific fields such as soft tissues and implants, geology, mineralogy, engineering and material science, electrochemistry, plant biology, and others under dynamic conditions. The beamline consists of a highly integrated instrument for tomography and micro-diffraction; thanks to a sophisticated beamline design both techniques can be used simultaneously.

The successful candidate will take part in the commissioning of the instrument and following commissioning they will contribute to the user operation of the beamline (through local contact duties), maintain and upgrade beamline components and build their own scientific research program for which in-house beamtime is made available.

A key science area for DIAD is in bio-imaging and bio-mechanics – for example examining the structure and mechanics of bone scaffolds, imaging healthy and diseased lung tissue or examining plant roots, transport and bio-mineralization. We would particularly welcome candidates with experience in imaging biological systems to help develop this science area and the associated methodologies needed for successful experiments at DIAD.

The successful candidate will be part of a world-class facility working closely with internal staff and external scientists and will be able to communicate with teams of technicians, engineers and software support. A hands-on attitude and a flexible approach are very important to be able to cope with the dynamics of the task. You will be actively working at the beamline, although some office work is required at times.

Other information

Where appropriate for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities (e.g. for fixed-term contract positions).

Diamond are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and we have achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One. Women are underrepresented and so we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.  If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

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