Principal Beamline Scientist for DIAD

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Division: Physical Science
Salary range (Full Time): £54,017 to £63,550 per annum (Discretionary range to £73,083)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 24/03/2019
Ref No: 10145

We are looking for a Principal Beamline Scientist for the DIAD beamline which will be a dual beam instrument capable of quasi-simultaneous micron-scale imaging and diffraction.  DIAD is expected to become operational in Spring 2020 and is currently in a build and commissioning phase with first light achieved on 12th Dec 2018.

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. DIAD will be equipped with a suite of custom-made sample environments to allow many of the processes described above to be studied in situ.

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. They will manage a team of beamline scientists and technicians to support user operations, will lead the instrumental development programme and elaborate the long-term strategy for the beamline and ancillary equipment, including preparation laboratories.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for completing the construction and commissioning phases of DIAD, developing the user community and establishing their own research program on the beamline. Suitable candidates should have preferably a PhD in a relevant science area with significant post-doctoral experience using X-rays in large-scale facilities. The candidates must have an active research program in a field relevant to the use of the diffraction, imaging or tomography and be able to highlight their personal contributions to research publications and demonstrate international recognition for their work.

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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.

To apply for this job please visit vacancies.diamond.ac.uk.