Postdoctoral Research Associate

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Division: Physical Science
Salary range (Full Time): £32,805 to £38,593 per annum (Discretionary range to £44,382)
Full time / Fixed term: 3 years
Provisional Interview Dates:  August
Closing Date: 05/08/2018
Ref No: 10014

We seek candidates with experience in soft x-ray techniques for chemical and structural analysis of surfaces such as x-ray absorption or photoemission spectroscopy. Candidates with experience in ambient-pressure spectroscopies and/or research in Heterogenous Catalysis are particularly encouraged to apply.  The post holder will be expected to carry out some of the work at facilities outside Diamond Light Source.

VERSOX (B07) is a beamline that is largely dedicated to x-ray spectroscopy under ambient-pressure environments. The beamline has been operational since summer 2017 and is used for studies of heterogeneous catalysts under mild reaction conditions and related research. In order to build up experience and expertise in this field, the beamline team will also undertake related experiments at other synchrotron facilities in Europe and USA in close collaboration with the University of Reading. The main scientific objective of this post is a better understanding of the interaction between solvent molecules and organic reactants at the liquid/catalyst interface. The successful candidate will define a research programme within this area, coordinate beamtime proposals and carry out experiments at beamlines and in the laboratory.

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