Post-Doctoral Research Associate, I05 – Condensed Matter Physics (ARPES)

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Fixed term
Term: 3 years
Closing Date: 14/03/2021
Ref No: 10512

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on our Beamline I05, which is designed for angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). On this beamline we use the intense extreme ultraviolet (EUV, 18 – 240 eV) beam from the synchrotron for detailed studies of the electronic structure of quantum materials. We have two end-stations, one for high resolution ARPES (HR-ARPES) and the other for spatially resolved ARPES (nano-ARPES).

Since we started operating this beamline in 2014, the HR-ARPES activity has been extremely productive with excellent results allowing us to attract world-leading researchers interested in high temperature (High-Tc) superconductor and Topological materials. The nano-ARPES branch relies on strong focusing of the beam to produce a sub-micron spot size at the sample surface that is scanned to gain information on the correlation between the spatial structure and the electronic band structure. Our facility offers in operando capability, where a gating voltage (or current) can be applied to the sample whilst exploring its effects on the electronic structure. We are also currently commissioning a new optic for microARPES to reach sub-micron spatial resolution with high flux. Research on this branch includes studies on inhomogeneous systems, surface terminations, bulk topological materials and heterostructures of exfoliated 2D material.

As a PDRA you will be expected to lead your own internationally competitive research related to the beamline capability, working closely with the beamline staff, and present the results in academic publications and conference talks.  You will also contribute to the on-going research within the group and manage the day-to-day running of projects. The successful applicant will join a small team of enthusiastic and very experienced scientists including 2 PhD students.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying research objectives and carrying out appropriate research activities
  • Attending relevant scientific meetings and presenting your work
  • Leading in the analysis and authoring of scientific results in international peer-reviewed journals
  • A secondary aspect of the role will be providing user support for a few weeks of scheduled beamtime each year, after training from the beamline staff

This role will require occasional travel within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

About You

You will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in condensed matter physics, or a closely related discipline.

You should be familiar with ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) systems, and ARPES measurements and analysis.

You will be highly motivated and willing to actively participate in the beamline activities, particularly the in-house research effort.

You will have a scientific interest or experience in the fields of topological materials, correlated electron systems, surface science, electronic structure calculations, or 2D materials would be an advantage.

You will have good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to interact with a range of colleagues and stakeholders.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

The closing date for applications is 14th March 2021, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, 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.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.