SuperESCA PostDoc Research Associate

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Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is an international multidisciplinary research center operated as a user facility, featuring a 2.0/2.4 GeV, third-generation synchrotron light source and a variety of support laboratories. The extremely high quality of the machine and beamlines has set new performance records and has been producing results of great scientific interest. See for more information. A free-electron laser (FEL) based, fourth generation source – FERMI – is currently under commissioning. See for more information.

The SuperESCA beamline provides linearly polarized photons in the energy range 90-1500 eV with high flux and high energy resolution. The beamline serves an end station to perform primarily high resolution photoemission and absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) measurements. The availability of advanced instrumentation makes SuperESCA unique in its emphasis on fast-XPS. The research projects of SuperESCA include the study of the electronic and chemical properties of surfaces and nanostructures, the analyses of surface reactions in real-time and the determination of the atomic structure of surfaces and interfaces. A large part of the ongoing research deals with two-dimensional systems such as graphene, Boron Nitride (h-BN) and transition metal dichalcogenites. These activities are performed by exploiting the capabilities presently offered by the SuperESCA beamline and by further developing its instrumentation in order to accomplish the experimental needs.
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Job Description:

The successful candidate will be involved in the study of the electronic, chemical and structural properties of complex and in-situ prepared materials, including 2D systems,surface science and surface chemistry. He/she will collaborate with the beamline staff and the users of the beamline in running and further developing the SuperESCA beamline and end station in order to accomplish the experimental program.


A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline is required, together with experience in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoelectron diffraction and absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, experience is required in ultra-high-vacuum methods for surface analysis, sample surface preparation, film growth and in the construction of scientific equipment relevant to synchrotron beamlines.

Good time management skills and ability to prioritize are expected, together withthe ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Good oral and written communication skills in English are essential. The deadline for the submission of application is August 30th, 2018. The appointment envisioned is a fixed term contract of a duration of 12 months. The salary will be commensurate with previous experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Applications should include full curriculum vitae and the names and (electronic mail) addresses, telephone and fax numbers of three references.

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