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 work on 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.
Suitable candidates should be familiar with 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 he/she should have a strong interest in a specific area of surface science (in particular ultrahigh vacuum or soft matter surfaces). The position will involve participating in beamline upgrades and defining/leading some of 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) would be an advantage.
He/She 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. The selected candidate will be expected to lead their own research activities on the beamline and elsewhere.
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