Job Title Beamline Scientist (DIAD)
Job Reference 121/17/TH
Post Type Full-Time/Permanent
Division Physical Science
Salary information £32,805 – £38,593 (Discretionary range to £44,382)
Application deadline 3rd December 2017

The Dual Imaging and Diffraction (DIAD) beamline will be a dual beam instrument capable of quasi-simultaneous micron-scale imaging and diffraction. DIAD is expected to become operational in January 2020.  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. Key to achieving successful experiments will be the software and hardware integration of the beamline components to produce a functional and easy to operate single unit. Diamond has its own control and data-acquisition support groups who provide the required software systems common at large facilities.

The successful candidate will have is responsibility for the functional layout of the DIAD data-acquisition, storage and analysis workflow during design, construction and commissioning phases. They will oversee and coordinate the software activities provided by our support groups ensuring a user-friendly, functionally coherent and maintainable system is being delivered. They will also take part in the commissioning of the instrument with a particular focus on the sample environment instrumentation. Following commissioning they will contribute to the user operation of the beamline (through local contact duties), maintain and upgrade beamline components and build their own scientific research program for which in-house beamtime is made available. The role requires communication with electrical and mechanical engineers as well as with control and data-acquisition engineers.

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. A hands-on attitude and a flexible approach are very important to be able to cope with the dynamics of the task. You will be actively working at the beamline, although some office work is required at times.

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