Post-Doctoral Research Associate, I11

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: 03/10/2021
Ref No: 10615

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 are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to develop further our research in the study of naturally occurring and primitive materials relevant to the fields of environmental materials, Earth, space and planetary sciences, including, for example, geochemical and aqueous mineralisation processes, solid-gas interactions, clathrate hydrate formation and dissociation, organic-inorganic mineral interactions, pre-biogenic materials, biominerals, and the evolution of mineral structure in cosmic materials through laboratory experimentation or sample characterisation.

The successful candidate will be based on beamline I11 at the Diamond Light Source, which is optimised for high-resolution and time-resolved X-ray powder diffraction studies of the structure and evolution of materials under ambient and non-ambient conditions through the use of a range of in situ sample environments (e.g. variable high/low temperature, humidity, gas loading and flow). The beamline is also supported with facilities for chemical synthesis and complementary analyses (e.g. Ramen, IR, UV/Vis spectroscopy).

Suitable candidates should be familiar with the application of powder diffraction and the analysis powder diffraction data. Experience with other diffraction/scattering methods (e.g. single crystal, XPDF) and/or complimentary techniques (synchrotron or laboratory) as well as synthesis methods would be desirable. Programming experience would be advantageous, as would experience in applying machine learning methods to data analysis.

Applicants should have a strong research interest in one or more of the science areas outlined above, or closely related fields. The selected candidate will be expected to use the beamline and its facilities (as well as other central facilities/techniques where appropriate) to develop both their own individual research, and to collaborate with beamline staff on existing projects. The post holder will also be required to work with the beamline team and other Diamond staff in providing support to the beamline’s user programme and the commissioning and development of sample cells.

About you

You should hold a Ph.D. in a scientific field relevant for the post (e.g. physics, physical-chemistry, chemistry or material science, Earth and planetary science), with a strong background in the study or synthesis of naturally occurring materials.

You will have a strong background in experimental work with well developed experimental skills and the ability of conducting high quality original research.

You will be an enthusiastic and motivated scientist with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Knowledge of powder diffraction and related or complimentary techniques along with data analysis are an essential. Experience with synchrotron radiation would be an advantage as would experience in software development and programming.


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. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

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

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 44 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). 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.

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