Researcher in X-Ray Diffraction for a new in-situ growth installation

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X-ray diffraction during ultrafast growth of high temperature superconductors: A new challenging project at Alba synchrotron light source

The project consists of designing, building, commissioning and exploiting a new experimental set up devoted to fast thin film growth while acquiring simultaneously diffraction data. It will operate at the NCD-SWEET beamline of ALBA light source (Cerdanyola del Valles , Barcelona). The installation should enable to evaluate ultrafast (~100 ms/frame) crystallization processes during heating ramps of few degrees per second under controlled and reduced atmospheres with a fast 2D XRD detector in a 3 axis goniometer equipped with an XZ stage. The system will be also equipped with a residual gas analysis mass spectrometer and an in-situ conductivity measurement. The samples to be analysed are high temperature superconducting films deposited by chemical solution deposition and grown through the high throughput Transient Liquid Assisted Growth (TLAG) process [1] for the energy transition, though the installation should be open to other materials interests. The project will also explore the in-situ growth combinatorial experiments with compositional gradients deposited by ink-jet printing [2], for their evaluation using machine learning algorithms.

The project is a collaboration between the Superconducting Materials Groups at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the NCD-SWEET beamline at ALBA synchrotron light source. The research work will be carried out at Alba premises and the successful candidate will become a beamline researcher of NCD-SWEET beamline. He/she will also participate in the activities of maintenance and upgrade of the beamline instrumentation and will have access to additional in-house beam time allocated to the project described above.

The project aims to engage a skilled researcher with experience in synchrotron hard X-ray diffraction and/or surfaces scattering (GIWAXS) with interest in in-situ fast acquisition processes and evaluation of combinatorial samples. He/she will be the Experiment Operator.

Visit these sites for additional information:

[1] Nature Communications, 11, 344 (2020) (
[2] ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 9101−9112 (doi/10.1021/acsami.0c18014)

Required Experience/skills:

– Experience in synchrotron radiation instrumentation and applications
– Experience in XRD (GIWAXS) and 2D detectors
– Experience in assembling instrumentation (furnaces with controlled atmosphere, vacuum pumps, electro valve systems, mass spectrometers, mass flows, etc.)
– High knowledge of Python programming and scientific equipment automation
– Familiar with crystal growth
– High level of written/spoken English
– High motivation and communication skills

Selection process:

Candidates should send their CV and reference letters to:

The recruitment process will be closed when a suitable candidate is found.

Incorporation will be in less than 2 months after candidate selection. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The project duration is two years with possibilities of extension.

Research Fields:

– Crystallography
– Crystal growth
– Materials science
– Combinatorial chemistry for Machine Learning
– Superconducting materials

Career Stage

Experienced researcher with PhD in chemistry, material science or physics

Contact Person:

Prof. Teresa Puig

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC Campus UAB, Bellaterra, Spain

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