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27. April 2017 - University of Illinois
PhD student and Postdoc in Evilevitch Laboratory
PhD student and Postdoc in Evilevitch Laboratory
27. April 2017 - University of Illinois
PhD student and Postdoc in Evilevitch Laboratory
PhD student and Postdoc in Evilevitch Laboratory
Employer
University of Illinois
Location

Illinois, USA

Job description

Research Description

Nucleic acids constitute one of the main components of viruses by molecular weight, and the viral genome is often strongly confined into a small volume of the capsid. This is true for most prokaryotic viruses such as double-stranded (ds) DNA/RNA phages, dsDNA archaeal viruses as well as many eukaryotic viruses (e.g. herpesviruses and reoviruses). The length of ds-genome in those viruses is several hundred times longer than the diameter of the capsid. We recently found that this internal DNA stress leads to 20 atmospheres capsid pressure in human Herpesviruses. This genome pressure is responsible for DNA ejection into a cell nucleus during infection. The aim of this project is to explain how the physically stressed state of the confined viral DNA directly affects the virus infectious cycle. This research involves a quantitative biophysical approach to virology using Atomic Force Microscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS).

(with possibility to conduct research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA and Lund University, Sweden)

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E-Mail
Website

http://vetmed.illinois.edu/evilevitch-lab/position.html

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25. April 2017 - JCNS- Juelich Centre for Neutron Science
Head of Division, Instrument Technology, with a PhD in Physics / Electrical Engineering (m/f)
Head of Division, Instrument Technology, with a PhD in Physics / Electrical Engineering (m/f)
25. April 2017 - JCNS- Juelich Centre for Neutron Science
Head of Division, Instrument Technology, with a PhD in Physics / Electrical Engineering (m/f)
Head of Division, Instrument Technology, with a PhD in Physics / Electrical Engineering (m/f)
Employer
JCNS- Juelich Centre for Neutron Science
Location

Located in the Cologne-Düsseldorf-Aachen triangle, Germany

Introduction

As head of the department, we are looking for a Physicist (m/f) or Electrical Engineer (m/f) with a PhD, able to demonstrate expertise in the areas of mechanical construction, control and automation technology, as well as programming skills. Substantial experience in the construction and operation of neutron scattering instruments would be of great advantage.

We are currently seeking to recruit at the earliest possible date a Head of Division, Instrument Technology, with a PhD in Physics / Electrical Engineering (m/f)

Description of Institution

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Sciences (JCNS) at Forschungszentrum Juelich operates state-of-the-art neutron instruments at leading neutron centres worldwide. These instruments must undergo continual improvements in line with cutting-edge standards to ensure they are ready and capable of meeting the exacting demands of future neutron research. Furthermore, with the European Spallation Source (ESS) an important new neutron source will soon go into operation. Together with its European partners, JCNS is building a total of four neutron scattering instruments there. The department of Instrument Technology at JCNS encompasses many kinds of technical expertise, starting from the design of the mechanical structure of the instruments, including the entire control and automation technology through to the development of a user-friendly graphic interface for ease of operation.

Job description

Your tasks

  • You will be responsible for managing the department
  • You will be required to coordinate projects with the Central Institute of Engineering at Forschungszentrum Jülich and with the operators of neutron sources
  • You will be expected to develop future-proof solutions for the control and automation of both new instruments and those already in operation
  • You will work in close cooperation with the instrument scientists to ensure the constant improvement of the performance of the instruments in terms of neutron optics, mechanical and instrument control
  • You will identify and employ synergy gathered from the operation of the instruments and apply this to the design and construction of new instruments

What we offer

  • Challenging work in a fascinating research area with a high degree of responsibility involved
  • The excellent technical infrastructure of a large research centre
  • Wide-ranging possibilities for further training and development
  • An international, interdisciplinary workplace on an attractive research campus, located in the Cologne-Düsseldorf-Aachen triangle
  • Initial employment contract for a fixed term of 3 years with possible long-term perspectives
  • The option of working flexible hours in an “almost full-time” position, according to your individual circumstances
  • Salary and social security benefits in line with the provisions of the collective agreements of the German civil service (TVöD)

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Your Profile

  • You have completed a university degree followed by a PhD in physics or electrical engineering with a research focus on control and automation
  • You have a sound knowledge of mechanical construction
  • You have several years of experience in the operation and construction of neutron scattering instruments
  • You have strong leadership qualities and experience in managing demanding international projects
  • You possess very good German and English language skills
  • You are a good team player and have the ability to inspire others
  • You are prepared to make frequent business trips within Germany, Europe and the United States

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How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system up until 30.04.2017 using the reference number 2017-044.

Forschungszentrum Juelich is interested in employing more women in this area; applications from women are therefore particularly welcome.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

The link for the online recruitment system can be found on the following webpage:

http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/_common/dna/2017-044-DE-JCNS.html

Deadline
30. April 2017
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25. April 2017 - European Spallation Source (ESS)
FREIA Instrument Scientist
FREIA Instrument Scientist
25. April 2017 - European Spallation Source (ESS)
FREIA Instrument Scientist
FREIA Instrument Scientist
Employer
European Spallation Source (ESS)
Location

Oxfordshire, UK
Lund, Sweden

Introduction

The Science Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for an Instrument Scientist for building and operating the FREIA neutron reflectometer.

Description of Institution

The Science Directorate within ESS comprises a total of five divisions which, during the construction period of ESS, will support activities related to the design and actual construction of neutron scattering instruments but also activities related to providing supporting infrastructure such as laboratories, while developing an active scientific programme to support not only the neutron scattering instruments but also the future users which will be using such instruments. All activities within the Science Directorate rely to great extend on extensive collaborations amongst not only the European but world-wide neutron scattering user community, which results in a very dynamic and interesting work environment that will deliver a multi-disciplinary research center based on the world’s most powerful neutron source.

Job description

Your role

  • Provide the scientific and technical leadership of the FREIA instrument project.
  • Deliver scientific plans for the proposed scientific scope of FREIA.
  • Prepare the detailed design together with the core instrument team.
  • As part of the Core Instrument Team, deliver a neutron scattering instrument according to the scope, budget and schedule determined at the appropriate instrument reviews.

Duration & Location

The position is permanent with six months initial probationary period. Your work place will be situated in Oxfordshire, UK and in Lund, Sweden.

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Required qualifications

PhD in experimental studies in the physical or life sciences relevant to the FREIA scientific programme.

Essential

  • Extensive practical experience in neutron or synchrotron x-ray reflectometry from liquid interfaces, and in a relevant area of research in soft condensed matter or the life sciences
  • Experience of neutron instrumentation development
  • Evidence of a strong independent research profile in relevant science areas commensurate with experience

Desirable

  • Practical knowledge of other neutron techniques relevant to research areas that include soft matter, interface science and the life sciences
  • Post-doctoral experience involving neutron instrumentation.
  • Practical experience of sample environment development
  • Experience of working in a project environment
  • Experience of Monte-Carlo simulation of neutron instruments
  • Knowledge of polarised neutron reflectivity
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the data analysis/visualisation packages used within ESS/ISIS (e.g. MatLab, Python, Mantid, GenX, Refl1d etc.)
  • Availability to commence position shortly after appointment (Autumn 2017)
  • Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, ability to interact effectively with staff and users at all levels.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and individually
  • Flexibility to occasional requests to work out-of hours to support users
  • Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others
  • Willingness to international travel, distributing their time between ISIS and ESS as required by the project

FREIA is being built as an in-kind contribution from the UK, with the ISIS facility in Oxfordshire identified as the lead partner. The successful candidate will be primarily based (~75%) at ISIS during the design, procurement and initial installation phases, moving permanently to Lund as final installation starts. Frequent travel between ISIS and ESS will be required throughout the instrument construction project.
After commissioning, the mission will be to operate the instrument within the ESS user programme.
The successful candidate must be active in a scientific field of direct relevance to FREIA (soft matter, liquid interfaces, life sciences). The selected candidate will be given the opportunity to develop their own research projects, preferably at operating neutron research centres. Synergies with the neighbouring MAX-IV synchrotron as well as strong links with universities will be encouraged. ESS will support and encourage the candidate to take up an adjunct position at a university in an ESS partner country, in order to facilitate their own research.

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How to Apply

Dates
The position is to be filled as soon as possible.
The deadline for applications is May 14, 2017.

More information can be found at:
https://europeanspallationsource.se/vacancies
, www.esss.se, tel +46 (0) 721 792 057

Deadline
14. May 2017
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24. April 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Research Scientist (M/F)
24. April 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Employer
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Location

Grenoble, France

Introduction
The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is Europe’s leading research facility for scientific research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, and welcomes over 2000 visits of scientists per year to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. The ILL is supported by 13 countries and employs 500 staff. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a Research Scientist (M/F).
Description of Institution

The ILL Diffraction group operates a large suite of powder and single crystal diffractometers to carry out collaborative research programs in various areas of chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, and protein structure. We are seeking for a scientist working on the D20 diffractometer.

Job description

Whilst carrying out your own active research program, you will be in charge of:

  • co-running the D20 diffractometer and participating both in its development and maintenance, including data analysis methods and sample environment equipment
  • providing support to users for scientific experiments on D20 but also on other powder or single-crystal diffractometers
  • developing a research program in magnetic and structural crystallography, in collaboration with the user community
  • promoting ILL’s research program and engaging in teaching and training activities.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for young postdoctoral scientists to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists able to obtain a secondment period from their home institution will also be considered.

Benefits
Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered for you and your spouse (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).

Notes
Fixed-term contract of 5 years
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Head of the Diffraction Group: Dr Maria Teresa Fernandez Diaz, tel.: +33(0)4.76.20.76.06, e-mail: or via www.ill.fr/dif (please do not send your application to this address).

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Qualifications and experience

You have:

  • a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or equivalent qualification
  • an experience in neutron and/or X-ray scattering techniques
  • a deep knowledge of diffraction, magnetic crystallography and group theory are essential
  • practical skills in instrumentation and software development.

Language skills
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French. Knowledge of German would be an advantage. Language courses will be paid for by the ILL.

Application must be submitted in English. Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.

Contact
Name

Dr Maria Teresa Fernandez Diaz

E-Mail
Website
How to Apply

Please submit your application with a list of publications and the name of 3 references (including one from your present work place) on-line via our web site: www.ill.eu/careers. Application must be submitted in English.

Deadline
08. May 2017
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19. April 2017 - JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Abteilungsleiter Instrumenttechnologie, promovierter Physiker / Elektroingenieur (w/m)
Abteilungsleiter Instrumenttechnologie, promovierter Physiker / Elektroingenieur (w/m)
19. April 2017 - JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Abteilungsleiter Instrumenttechnologie, promovierter Physiker / Elektroingenieur (w/m)
Abteilungsleiter Instrumenttechnologie, promovierter Physiker / Elektroingenieur (w/m)
Employer
JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Location

Köln-Düsseldorf-Aachen

Introduction

Für die Leitung der Abteilung Instrumenttechnologie suchen wir einen promovierten Physiker (w/m) oder Elektroingenieur (w/m) mit fundierten Kenntnissen der mechanischen Konstruktion, der Steuerungs- und Automatisierungstechnik und Programmierkenntnissen. Eine langjährige Erfahrung im Bau und Betrieb von Neutronenstreuinstrumenten ist dabei von Vorteil.

Wir suchen zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine/n Abteilungsleiter Instrumenttechnologie, promovierter Physiker / Elektroingenieur (w/m)

Description of Institution

Das Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) des Forschungszentrums Jülich betreibt an den weltweit führenden Neutronenzentren erstklassige Neutronenstreuinstrumente. Diese Instrumente müssen orientiert an modernsten Standards kontinuierlich verbessert und zukünftig auftretende wissenschaftliche Fragestellungen fit gemacht werden. Zusätzlich wird mit der European Spallation Source (ESS) eine neue Neutronenquelle in Betrieb genommen. JCNS baut zusammen mit europäischen Partnern dort insgesamt vier neue Neutronenstreuinstrumente. Die Abteilung Instrumenttechnologie am JCNS bündelt die Kompetenzen beginnend vom Entwurf über den mechanischen Aufbau, der gesamten Steuerungs- und Automatisierungstechnik bis hin zur Realisierung einfach zu bedienender grafischer Oberflächen der Instrumentsteuerung.

Job description

Ihre Aufgaben

  • verantwortliche Leitung der Abteilung
  • Koordinierung der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zentralinstitut für Engineering am Forschungszentrum Jülich und mit den Betreibern der Neutronenquellen
  • Entwicklung von zukunftsfähigen Lösungen für die Steuerung und Automatisierung der neuen und bereits in Betrieb befindlichen Instrumente
  • enge Zusammenarbeit mit den Instrumentwissenschaftlern zu beständigen Verbesserung der Leistungsfähigkeit der Instrumente hinsichtlich Neutronenoptik, Mechanik und Instrumentsteuerung
  • Identifizierung und Nutzung von Synergien aus dem Betrieb für den Bau der neuen Instrumente

Unser Angebot

  • anspruchsvolles und sehr interessantes Arbeitsumfeld mit hoher Verantwortung
  • technische Infrastruktur einer Großforschungseinrichtung
  • vielfältige Möglichkeiten der Weiterbildung
  • Internationales, interdisziplinäres Arbeitsumfeld auf einem attraktiven Forschungscampus, günstig gelegen im Städtedreieck Köln-Düsseldorf-Aachen
  • Eine zunächst auf 3 Jahre befristete Stelle mit der Möglichkeit einer längerfristigen Perspektive
  • Die Möglichkeit zur vollzeitnahen Teilzeitbeschäftigung
  • Vergütung und Sozialleistungen nach dem Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD-Bund)

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Ihr Profil

  • abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium mit Promotion in Physik oder Elektrotechnik mit Ausbildungsschwerpunkt Steuerung und Automatisierung
  • Fundierte Kenntnisse der mechanischen Konstruktion
  • langjährige Erfahrung beim Betrieb und Bau von Neutronenstreuinstrumenten
  • Ausgeprägte Führungseigenschaften und Erfahrung im Management von anspruchsvollen internationalen Projekten
  • sehr gute deutsche und englische Sprachkenntnisse
  • ausgeprägte Teamfähigkeit und Teambildungsfähigkeit
  • Bereitschaft zu häufigen Dienstreisen in Deutschland, Europa und USA

Contact
How to Apply

Das Forschungszentrum Jülich möchte mehr Mitarbeiterinnen in diesem Bereich beschäftigen. Wir sind daher an der Bewerbung von Frauen besonders interessiert.

Bewerbungen schwerbehinderter Menschen sind uns willkommen.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung, möglichst über unser Online-Bewerbungssystem auf unserer Karriereseite online bis zum 30.04.2017 unter Angabe der Kennziffer 2017-044.

Deadline
30. April 2017
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18. April 2017 - Stockholm University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
18. April 2017 - Stockholm University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Chemistry - Neutron Scattering
Employer
Stockholm University
Location

Lund, Sweden

Introduction

We are looking for a postdoc who can carry out research with neutron diffraction and SANS of nanomaterials with technical applications as biomaterials, battery components and potentially magnetic materials.

The project is a collaboration between Stockholm University, Uppsala University and the European Spallation Source (ESS) and has as a long-term plan to expand the neutron diffractometer DREAM at the ESS in Lund to study nanomaterials. Within the project, we will design different sample environments to enable the simultaneous acquisition of data in two length scales (atomic and nanoscopic). This will be used to study three different materials classes that have a strong research tradition in Sweden: biomaterials, batteries, and magnetic materials. In this way, the connection between the variations in the crystal structure and nanoparticle morphology can be established. Some examples of the possible studies include the self-assembly of small cellulose fibres, how the structure of batteries changes during usage, or how magnetic nanoparticles assemble under an applied magnetic field. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Description of Institution

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University is one of the largest with about 150 persons working with the synthesis and structural characterisation of materials.

Job description

Main responsibilities
The postdoctoral fellow will work together with a team that will focus in studying different types of nanomaterials with neutron scattering at the atomic (diffraction) and nanoscopic (small angle neutron scattering, SANS) levels. The work implies comprehensive experiments with neutron scattering in neutron facilities around the world with the focus on the multiple length scale approach. The work also includes the design, development, and testing of different sample environments for the in-situ characterisation of two different types of nanomaterials such as nanocellulose and iron oxide nanoparticles.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

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Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. The applicant should have a doctoral degree in chemistry or physics with a strong focus on condensed matter or similar qualifications.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, such as sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process special attention will be given to research skills. Documented experience of neutron scattering is required. Experience in X-ray scattering in general and total scattering in particular is advantageous.

Contact
How to Apply

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • why and how you wish to complete the project
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

Deadline
30. April 2017
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12. April 2017 - Diamond Light Source
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Spectroscopy
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Spectroscopy
12. April 2017 - Diamond Light Source
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Spectroscopy
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Magnetic Spectroscopy
Employer
Diamond Light Source
Location

near Oxford, UK

Description of Institution

Magnetic Spectroscopy has been recognized as a main area of in-house and collaborative research. The group has a long-standing international reputation and is involved in experimental scientific programmes at Diamond as well as elsewhere (ESRF, Grenoble, ALS, Berkeley, BESSY, Berlin). X-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism using polarized soft x-rays have become powerful element-specific probes to measure the spin and orbital magnetic moments of magnetic materials, such as for technological application in spintronics. Among the new developments using magnetic dichroism are soft x-ray magnetic holography, and x-ray ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and among the new materials studied are topological insulators, skyrmions, exchange spring magnets, multiferroics, and magnetoelectrics.

Job description

The PRDA will be an active member of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Group and collaborate in synchrotron radiation-related activities, involving a variety of beam lines as well as off-line instruments, such as vector network analyser ferromagnetic resonance (VNA-FMR) and other magnetic characterization techniques.

A main task will be the development and exploration of new state-of-the-art techniques, in particular for time-resolved microwave-driven measurements using x-ray magnetic dichroism as detection method. An active scientific input is expected in the experiments and the publication of the results.

We are looking for a person with good knowledge of magnetism and related magnetic measurement techniques using synchrotron radiation. The candidate should hold a PhD in Physical Sciences preferably followed by relevant experience, should have worked on a related field before and have an excellent publication record.

The PDRA will work in the Magnetic Spectroscopy Group under the direction of the Senior Research Scientist. The work will be in-house research oriented with emphasis excellence and publication output.

Develop and explore new state-of-the-art techniques in magnetic spectroscopy using polarized soft x-rays, in particular for time resolved microwave driven measurements using x-ray magnetic dichroism as detection method. Provide as part of a team an active scientific input in the experiments and publication of the results.

  • Participation in the in-house research program of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Group and the publication of the results;
  • Developing time-resolved microwave techniques;
  • Collaborating in other new developments in the area of soft x-ray magnetic spectroscopy;
  • Participating in beamtime at Diamond as well as national synchrotron facilities abroad;
  • Assisting in running the Magnetic Spectroscopy Lab and synchrotron radiation-related activities in collaboration with staff and users.

Job Type: Full time, 3 year fixed term
Salary information: £32,480 to £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943)

Application deadline: 30/04/2017

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Qualification & Experience – Essential

  • Appropriate PhD degree;
  • Research qualification as demonstrated by scientific output, such as an excellent scientific publication record;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and to take it effectively through to the end;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to present seminars and write papers on research work;
  • Ability to take day to day responsibility of lab work and experiments;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be able to travel occasionally in the UK and abroad, including overnight absences;
  • Availability to work occasionally outside normal hours when experiments require.

Qualification & Experience – Desirable

  • Relevant post PhD experience;
  • Experience in scientific applications of synchrotron radiation on magnetic materials;
  • Good practical background in magnetic spectroscopy;
  • Experience in ferromagnetic resonance techniques;
  • Experience with soft x-ray beamlines;
  • Experience with magnetic dichroism;
  • Experience with scientific computer codes;
  • Ability to coordinate research activities;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Contact
How to Apply

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our Application Form page. Job reference code is 044/17/TH

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

Deadline
30. April 2017
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10. April 2017 - Imperial College London and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Structure and Dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applications
PhD Programme - Structure and Dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applications
10. April 2017 - Imperial College London and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Structure and Dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applications
PhD Programme - Structure and Dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applications
Employer
Imperial College London and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Location

London, UK / Grenoble, France

Introduction

The Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London (UK) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL, Grenoble, France), jointly invite applications for a four-year (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD) co-funded doctoral programme focusing on the topic Structure and Dynamics of conjugated polymers for energy and optoelectronic applications.

Conjugated polymers are solution-processed semiconductors that can be used in thin-film electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes, organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, organic field-effect transistors or biosensors. The optoelectronic properties of the polymers are controlled by the conformation of the relatively stiff backbones, which is in turn influenced by the more flexible side chains. The polymer chains fluctuate in shape, and this strongly affects electronic processes such as charge carrier transport in electronic devices or charge separation in solar cells. The performance of OPV devices depends dramatically on the fine tuning of the microstructure of such blends and the underlying structural fluctuations. Thus, the structural dynamics of the donor-acceptor components forming the blends is a fundamental aspect affecting the lifetime of the OPV devices, and one of the common degradation mechanisms to deal with at the microscopic level.

One of the most powerful probes of molecular structure and dynamics is neutron scattering (NS), which allows a direct microscopic probe of matter. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) enables probing the chain dynamics of polymers on various time scales. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) enables probing lattice and molecular vibrations relevant to chemical bonding behavior in molecular system. On the other hand, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) offers the possibility to probe the conformation of chains in solution. Neutron scattering can be used as a master method to probe or to complement structural X-ray investigations by making use of the deuteration technique to resolve individually side chains, backbones and solvent/small molecule in the case of co-crystallization. Atomistic simulations can synergistically be used for the sake of the analysis and interpretation of the neutron data, as well as serving as a prediction tool in some cases.

Job description

This PhD project builds on an ongoing active collaboration between Imperial College London and the ILL, bringing together a wide range of complementary expertise in synthesis, structural, dynamical, optical and electronic characterization, as well as ab-initio and molecular dynamics calculations to support the study of organic electronic materials.
The scientific aim of this project is to investigate the underlying microscopic mechanisms and the effect of blending on the dynamics of conjugated polymer(s): small molecule(s) blend, in order to establish how molecular diffusion is influenced by the polymer environment. The scope of the study includes other multi-component component systems such as ternary blends using alternative acceptors. The impact of different polymer conformers in selected conjugated polymers, influencing both optical properties through appearance of extra vibronic bands and electronic properties such as charge transport, will be also studied. Establishing the relationship between structure and dynamics is vital for tailoring the above-mentioned targeted properties. Neutron scattering studies, supported by numerical simulations, will play a key role in this investigation.

The programme consists of a one-year course leading to a Master of Research (M.Res.) degree followed by three years of research towards a Ph.D. degree. (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/plastic-electronics-cdt/postgraduate-training/course/) The M.Res. year comprises six months of taught courses followed by a six month research project. The student should be based in London during the taught component. During the research period and the PhD programme, the student will spend periods at both Imperial College London (UK), and at the ILL (Grenoble, France), and will be supervised jointly by Prof. Jenny Nelson and Dr. Anne Guilbert (Imperial College, UK), by Dr Christian Nielsen (QMUL, London) and by Dr. Mohamed Zbiri (ILL, France). When at Imperial, a standard UK stipend of £16,000 per annum (tax free) will be paid. When at the ILL, a gross salary of around 2350 €/month wll be paid, together with other benefits depending on the student’s social status (for more details see: https://www.ill.eu/science-technology/phd-students/phd-recruitment/phd-work-at-the-ill/).

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The techniques to be used in this project include:

  • different solution-processing synthesis methods,
  • a variety of structural, electronic and vibrational characterization measurements,
  • neutron scattering techniques, and
  • quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics simulations.

Applicants should have a good degree in a relevant discipline such as chemistry, physics, materials science or chemical engineering. Academic knowledge of condensed matter physics and a strong background in the use of numerical simulations would be beneficial.

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10. April 2017 - JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Scientific Software Developer
Scientific Software Developer
10. April 2017 - JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Scientific Software Developer
Scientific Software Developer
Employer
JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science
Description of Institution

With a Staff of 5700, Forschungszentrum Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest interdisciplinary research centers in Europe. The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) operates neutron scattering instruments at world leading sources in Garching, Grenoble and Oak Ridge, make them accessible to external users, and uses them for its own research on magnetism and soft matter. Furthermore, the JCNS is a major contributor to the European Spallation Source (ESS) that is currently built in Lund.

In the Scientific Computing Group of JCNS at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching we develop software for the analysis of scattering experiments, and support Instrument users. In close collaboration with the Data Management and Software Center of the ESS in Copenhagen, we will also develop software for reflectometers and quasielastic spectrometers of the ESS. Through this German in-kind contribution to the ESS, we currently have two openings for postdoctoral scientific software developers.

Job description

Your Job

  • Develop open-source software to reduce, visualize, model and fit experimental data
  • Lead the development of software used at specific diffractometers or spectrometers
  • Cooperate with instrument scientists to improve data-anaysis procedures

Our Offer

  • Challlenging and varied work in a small international team of enthusiastic professionals
  • Visibility of our products in the web (apps.jcns.fz-juelich.de) and through scientific publications
  • Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

Place of employment: Garching (Munich)

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Your Profile

  • Recent PhD in physics or a related subject
  • Communicative personality with broad interests
  • Good command of spoken and written English
  • Track record in software development, equivalent to at least one year full-time dedication
  • Sound knowledge of C++ under Unix/Linux
  • Experience with any of the following would be a plus: Python, Qt, CMake, git, LaTeX; test-driven development, cross platform development, web server programming; numerical mathematics, condensed-matter physics, scattering, spectroscopy, crystallography

Contact
Name

Human Resource Development – Judith Dresen

Website
How to Apply

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the reference number 2017-066.

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10. April 2017 -
Neutron Sciences User and Outreach Program Group Leader
Neutron Sciences User and Outreach Program Group Leader
10. April 2017 -
Neutron Sciences User and Outreach Program Group Leader
Neutron Sciences User and Outreach Program Group Leader
Introduction

Deliver a world-class integrated User and Outreach Program in support of HFIR and SNS. Manage and lead the User Office team and activities, including proposal management and user administration.
Work with NScD management to define and develop processes and procedures, implement programs, and resolve problems. Work with NScD management to develop and implement an Outreach Program to serve and expand the neutron scattering community. Interface with scientific and technical staff, users (visiting scientists), user organizations, review and advisory committees, ORNL support organizations.

ORNL user facilities, DOE, other national user facilities including the Society for Scientific User Research Facilities, and the neutron scattering science community.

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. More than 3000 visiting scientists access HFIR and SNS annually. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Works with management to establish the vision and goals for the User and Outreach Program; ensure the vision and goals align with ORNL’s Laboratory Plan and Agenda and NScD’s Business Plan
  • Lead development and execution of the NScD User and Outreach Program processes and procedures, and administers the User Program, including user support and assistance and proposal management
  • Works with management to develop and manage the proposal review process that includes scheduling, advertising, solicitation, receipt, evaluation, communicating results, and maintaining records
  • The Scientific Review Committee (SRC), composed of scientists external to ORNL, reviews and ranks proposals received as part of the General User Program. Oversees the interactions with the Science Review Committee (SRC), including candidate identification and invitation, term management, proposal assignments, meeting planning and execution, and action tracking in order to ensure stakeholder input is solicited and valued
  • Works with management to develop and execute a strategic plan for user outreach
  • Identify opportunities for and deliver user outreach activities that include university visits, schools, and workshops
  • Identify research communities that may benefit from the use of neutrons as a research tool; actively work with the community to develop contacts and a program
  • Represent NScD and the User and Outreach Program at national science conferences
  • Support the Industrial Applications Program by identifying beam line access mechanisms and assuring appropriate agreements have been established
  • Assist the SNS HFIR User Group (SHUG) with annual meeting planning and logistics, on-site meetings, annual elections, and resolution of user concerns
  • Prepare and manage User and Outreach Program budget and acquire additional resources to support information systems, review committee meetings, workshops, etc., as needed, and manage the activities within the assigned budget
  • Manage user administration that includes site access, immigration, training, local area assistance, user agreements, user check-in and work space, while assisting users in identifying instrument and/or science contacts
  • Investigate and resolve diverse complex problems utilizing both known solutions and developing new solutions
  • Develop process and training requirements/certifications for users, and in turn, ensures users receive training, including orientation, safety instructions, and other specific training prior to start of research, ensures training records are maintained according to ORNL policy
  • Actively assesses the program to ensure vision and goals are achieved and processes are continuously improved
  • Actively participates in developing and managing integrated scientific information systems
  • Maintains user data and records, oversees user satisfaction survey process, reports user metrics, including annual submission to DOE, and responds to requests for information
  • Recruit, select, develop, and manage a team of nonexempt and exempt staff
  • Comply with ORNL and NScD environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements, including Integrated Safety Management System
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of ORNL values and ethics.

Work Directions and Interfaces

Reports to the Scientific and Program Services Office Manager. Leads the User and Outreach Program. Initiates and effectively works with other organizations within NScD. Interacts with SHUG and the DOE sponsor, as appropriate. Interacts with ORNL organizations, including other ORNL user facilities and science directorates, the Conference Office, Travel, Laboratory Protection Division, Information Technology and Services Division; Partnerships Directorate; Communications Directorate; Nuclear and Radiation Protection Division, and any other support organizations as required to accomplish objectives. Develops effective cooperation with other major ORNL user facilities and participates in the Society for Scientific User Research Facilities.

Authority/Approval Levels: Foreign National Host, PALS, PAS, Travel, Conferences

Measures of Effectiveness

  • Manages within budget and within available resources
  • Manages proposal process that is recognized as fair and equitable
  • Manages user access and training within the ORNL standards
  • Manages a user outreach program that develops user collaborations and expands neutron scattering community
  • Receives, values, and acts on customer feedback, including users, reviewers, and stakeholders
  • Anticipates, tracks, and reports metrics in a timely and quality manner

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In this role you will be required to pass the following Training and Certifications

  • General Employee Access Training
  • General User Access Neutron Scattering
  • Rad Worker HFIR & SNS Users (Web andPractical)
  • SNS Target Facility Access Training, Training Hosts of Foreign Nationals

Qualifications Required

  • PhD in an engineering or scientific discipline
  • 10 or more years of experience in neutron scattering post-PhD
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people in a wide range of technical backgrounds such as physics, computer science, biology, and engineering required
  • Excellent communication skills and prior experience communicating with individuals, large audiences, the community, and international guests required
  • Proven ability managing work groups is required
  • Must be available for occasional travel and after-hours calls

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of DOE facility-access requirements, and familiarity with immigration requirements desired.

Contact
How to Apply

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email .

Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

Deadline
14. June 2017
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10. April 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Research Scientist (M/F)
10. April 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Research Scientist (M/F)
Employer
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Location

Grenoble, France

Introduction

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), situated in Grenoble, France, is Europe’s leading research facility for scientific research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, and welcomes over 2000 visits of scientists per year to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. The ILL is supported by 13 countries and employs 500 staff. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a Research Scientist (M/F).

Job description

Duties
The ILL Diffraction group operates a large suite of powder and single crystal diffractometers to carry out collaborative research programs in various areas of chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, and protein structure. We are seeking for a scientist working on the D3 diffractometer. Whilst carrying out your own active research program, you will be in charge of:

  • co-running the D3 diffractometer and participating both in its development and maintenance, including data analysis methods and sample environment equipment
  • providing support to users for scientific experiments on D3 but also on other single crystal diffractometers (D9, D10)
  • developing a research program in magnetism, in collaboration with the user community
  • promoting ILL’s single crystal program within the scientific community and to the general public.

The post represents an excellent opportunity for young postdoctoral scientists to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists able to obtain a secondment period from their home institution will also be considered.

Notes

  • Fixed-term contract of 5 years.
  • Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.

Benefits

  • Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance)
  • Relocation assistance and language courses may be offered for you and your spouse (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Head of the Diffraction Group: Dr Maria Teresa Fernandez Diaz, tel.: +33(0)4.76.20.76.06, e-mail: or via www.ill.fr/dif (please do not send your application to this address).

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Qualifications and experience

  • a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or equivalent qualification
  • an experience in neutron and/or X-ray magnetic scattering techniques
  • a deep knowledge of crystal diffraction, magnetic crystallography and group theory are essential
  • some experience with polarized neutrons is highly desirable
  • knowledge of programming languages (C++, Python, Fortran,…) is an asset.

Language skills
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French. Knowledge of German would be an advantage. Language courses will be paid for by the ILL.

Contact
How to Apply

Please submit your application with a list of publications and the name of 3 references (including one from your present work place) on-line, via our web site: www.ill.eu/careers.

Deadline
08. May 2017
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04. April 2017 - University of New South Wales (UNSW)
PhD Position - Investigation of Multiferroic Skyrmion Systems
Investigation of Multiferroic Skyrmion Systems
04. April 2017 - University of New South Wales (UNSW)
PhD Position - Investigation of Multiferroic Skyrmion Systems
Investigation of Multiferroic Skyrmion Systems
Employer
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Location

Sydney, Australia

Introduction

We are seeking two outstanding and enthusiastic PhD candidates at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney for the groups of A/Prof. Jan Seidel in the School of Material Science and Engineering and A/Prof. C. Ulrich in the School of Physics.

Job description

The aim of the project is the study of topological spin systems, i.e. skyrmions in bulk single crystals as well as thin films. Skyrmions are chiral spin structures at the nanometer scale that currently receive tremendous attention as they offer a plethora of fascinating phenomena for fundamental research and future technological applications. The project involves growth and characterization of the related materials as well as their investigation by optical spectroscopy, neutron scattering, x-ray synchrotron techniques, as well as atomic force microscopy. Facilities for the growth of thin film samples using pulsed laser deposition and single crystals using an optical travelling solvent floating zone furnace are available at UNSW. Experiments using optical spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy will be conducted in the groups of A/Prof. C. Ulrich and A/Prof. J. Seidel at the UNSW, respectively. Neutron scattering and x-ray synchrotron scattering experiments will be performed at ANSTO in Sydney and at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne as well as at overseas research facilities.

Duration and Stipend

  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Stipend base level: $26,800 p.a.
  • Stipend supplements up to $7,500 p.a. are possible for exceptional candidates.

Your tasks

  • Perform state-of-the-art experiments at UNSW Sydney and at national and international research facilities.
  • Data analysis, interpretation and publication of results in high profile journals.

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Your profile

  • We are looking for candidates with a strong background in condensed matter physics.
  • Experience in one or more of the above mentioned techniques would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic international team.

Contact
Name

A/Prof. Jan Seidel

E-Mail

jan.seidel@unsw.edu.au

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31. March 2017 - Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Head of Laboratory in the NUM division
PSI: Head of Laboratory in the NUM division
31. March 2017 - Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Head of Laboratory in the NUM division
PSI: Head of Laboratory in the NUM division
Employer
Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Location

Villigen, Switzerland

Description of Institution

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2000 people.

The Division for Research with Neutrons and Muons (NUM) is responsible for the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source (SINQ), the Ultra-cold Neutron Source (UCN), the Swiss Muon Source and the facilities for particle physics at the PSI. For the operation and development of its neutron instrumentation and sources, the Division NUM is looking for a

Head of Laboratory – Neutron Instrumentation and Sources

Job description

Your tasks:
The new Head of Laboratory will be responsible for the Laboratory for Scientific Developments and Novel Materials (LDM). LDM includes groups for mechanical and electrical engineering, sample environment and low-temperature physics, neutron optics and scientific computing, and solid-state chemistry. In the future, it will also include the group operating and developing the neutron sources SINQ and UCN. Your main tasks are:

  • Lead the LDM laboratory with 70 members and its science program
  • Organise the technical support for the user program
  • Operate and develop the neutron sources SINQ and UCN
  • Realise the SINQ guide and instrumentation upgrade programs
  • Lead the Swiss instrumentation projects at the European Spallation Source ESS

We offer:
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

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Your profile:

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, engineering or related fields
  • Leading expert in scientific instrumentation and/or neutron sources
  • Excellent track record in science and in the realisation of large projects
  • Proven leadership, communication and project management skills

Contact
Name

Prof. Dr Christian Rüegg

Website
How to Apply

Go to: https://www.psi.ch/pa/stellenangebote/1502
Please submit your application online (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Head of Laboratory (index no. 3600-00).

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31. March 2017 - ESS
Researcher/Senior Researcher for Instrument (HEIMDAL) Design and Construction
ESS: Researcher/Senior Researcher for Instrument (HEIMDAL) Design and Construction
31. March 2017 - ESS
Researcher/Senior Researcher for Instrument (HEIMDAL) Design and Construction
ESS: Researcher/Senior Researcher for Instrument (HEIMDAL) Design and Construction
Employer
ESS
Location

European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden

Description of Institution

Aarhus University (AU) is contributing to the European Spallation Source ESS in Lund, Sweden, by leading the construction of the proposed combined neutron powder and small angle scattering instrument HEIMDAL. In this connection the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University offers a fixed-term position as researcher or senior researcher (Instrument Lead Scientist at ESS) for a total of 4 years. The intended starting date is 1st of October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University (chem.au.dk) is in terms of scientific impact one of the leading European chemistry departments with research programs that range from medicinal chemistry to theoretical chemistry. It has a permanent staff of 27 full and associate professors, a support-staff of ~25 people, ~150 PhD-students and postdocs, and more than 500 students.

The European Spallation Source (ESS, www.esss.se) is a multi-disciplinary research center based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. This new facility will be up to 100 times brighter than today’s leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics. When fully operation the facilities is expected to have more than 400 staff members and some 2000-5000 visiting researchers are expected every year.

Job description

Description of work:
The mission is to supervise the design, and define the scientific scope of the neutron instrument HEIMDAL at ESS. The long term goal is to become Instrument Responsible, once the instrument has moved into the operations phase. The Instrument Lead Scientist will work closely together with the Instrument Lead Engineer forming an instrument team. The Instrument Lead Scientist and Instrument Lead Engineer, together with a core team of specialists from the instrument consortium at ESS in Lund will define the scientific specifications of the instrument. The Instrument Lead Scientist provides scientific project leadership, including defining scope scientific and initial hot commissioning experiments. He/she must also be active in a scientific program on the leading edge in the field of materials science.

Your role:

  • Provide the scientific and technical leadership of the HEIMDAL instrument project.
  • Deliver scientific plans for the proposed scientific scope of HEIMDAL.
  • Prepare the detailed design together with the core instrument team. The project is dependent on passing the Tollgate 2 review.
  • As part of the Core Instrument Team, deliver a neutron scattering instrument according to the scope, budget and schedule determined at Tollgate 2 review as defined by ESS rules

Your tasks:

  • Provide scientific guidance and support to HEIMDAL work package team.
  • Lead the planning of the HEIMDAL work package and contribute to its implementation.
  • Assemble and coordinate the HEIMDAL work package team.
  • Delegate work packages to Technical Groups and In-Kind partners.
  • Provide final approval of technical designs.
  • Manage scientific and technical project changes in accordance with project goals.
  • Represent the project during Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) and Scientific Advisory Committee reviews.
  • Assist in tracking and ensuring timely project deliverable using ESS processes and appropriate tools.
  • Monitor, communicate, and report on progress according to the ESS Construction Project requirements.
  • Participate in risk reviews and help manage risks.
  • Providing requirements to ensure the integration of the scientific capabilities of the instrument software, sample environment and support labs.
  • Conduct your own research using neutron/X-ray powder and small angle scattering.
  • To a leaser extend participate in teaching activities.

What we offer:
We offer an international and dynamic working environment, where time will be spent both at Aarhus University, Denmark and at the ESS, in Lund, Sweden. The time spent in Aarhus and Lund is expected to vary during the project, initially most of the work can be carried out in Aarhus, but as installations starts more time will be spent in Lund. After the commissioning of the instrument, ESS is expected to offer you a position as a local contact for the instrument in Lund, Sweden, while an affiliation to Aarhus University is maintained.

Place of work and area of employment:
The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information on the position please contact Associate Prof. Mogens Christensen (, tel +45 87 15 53 39) or Head of Department, Prof. Birgit Schiøtt (, tel +45 87 15 59 75).

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Your qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science.
  • Experience in scattering techniques, preferably powder diffraction.
  • Experience in building and maintaining experimental infrastructure.
  • Experience of working in an international environment.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite.

Further expectations for the two levels of appointment are:

Researcher: Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellent research and industrial or public sector collaboration. Extensive postdoctoral training or similar is expected (see below for tenure-track program)

Senior researcher: Candidates must have an excellent record of independent research accomplishments including experience in construction and operation of experimental facilities for X-ray or neutron science, in the preparation of technical reports, collaborations with industry or public organisations, scholarly achievement, an established record of external funding, as well as concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.

Applicants are expected to meet the criteria listed for senior researcher in: http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/site_files/scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/files/Evaluation_Criteria.pdf

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How to Apply

Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range:
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a description of previous funding, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
The application should include names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference upon request. Please provide your ResearcherID, ORCID, Google Scholar profile link, and/or a unique search query in Google Scholar, Scopus and/or Web of Science to retrieve your publication and citation track record. Expected time for interviews is August 2017. Indicate in the application the level (researcher or senior researcher) that you are applying for. However, the appointment committee may decide to move an applicant from one position category to the other.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.
Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Deadline
30. April 2017
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28. March 2017 - University of Warwick
An unusual Doctoral opportunity
University of Warwick: An unusual Doctoral opportunity
28. March 2017 - University of Warwick
An unusual Doctoral opportunity
University of Warwick: An unusual Doctoral opportunity
Employer
University of Warwick
Location

Coventry, United Kingdom

Introduction

This project is to develop the unique capabilities offered by the RIKEN-RAL muon facility in Oxfordshire, UK. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray emission which is element dependent and therefore the energy and intensity of such peaks can result in the determination of the elemental composition. These X-rays have large energies (~MeV) therefore probing beneath the surface is entirely possible, making this a novel and potentially powerful non-destructive probe. Alongside the instrument development we propose a broad science program, from cultural heritage to bio-materials to energy related materials.

Currently, elemental analysis commonly uses X-ray and electron beams which are good for measuring surfaces, how¬ever a significant advantage of muonic X-rays over those of electronic X-rays is their higher energy (0.01-6 MeV) due to the mass of the muon and there sensitivity to light atoms. These high energy muonic X-rays are emitted from the bulk of the samples without significant photon self-absorption.

Job description

Project aims
The main part of this project will be to develop data analysis for negative muon experiments. This will include GEANT4 simula¬tions on muon implantation depth. Delivering a simplified data reduction and correction software, data visualisation within MANTID (includ¬ing importing the shape of the sample and transforming the acquired data from a series of measurements at different orientations relative to the incident beam into a 3D voxel mapping). This will also include incorporating GEANT4 simulations. Finally, but by no means least, we need to determine the limitations of the technique. In order to aid the development of the technique, three science themes will be investigated: cultural heritage, energy materials and engineering.
Ancient coins have been obtained from the University of Oxford as part of a program of research to study the circulation of gold around the Roman Empire. Here, the question is to determine in a completely non-destructive way the com-position of each coin, which can be difficult to achieve with other more surface-sensitive techniques because of surface enrichment/deterioration due to either natural corrosion processes or deliberate deception. This experiment will form part of a round-robin set of measurements using several of the more conventional techniques for elemental analysis.

Contact
How to Apply
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15. March 2017 - Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS
PhD studentship Spectroscopic picture of enzyme dynamics - combining experiment, computer simulation and theoretical modelling
PhD studentship Spectroscopic picture of enzyme dynamics - combining experiment, computer simulation and theoretical modelling
15. March 2017 - Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS
PhD studentship Spectroscopic picture of enzyme dynamics - combining experiment, computer simulation and theoretical modelling
PhD studentship Spectroscopic picture of enzyme dynamics - combining experiment, computer simulation and theoretical modelling
Employer
Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS
Location

Orleans (France) Synchrotron SOLEIL, St Aubin (France)

Job description

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship on a combined computer simulation, experimental and modelling study of human acetylcholinesterase. HAChE is an enzyme that catalyzes the decomposition of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine into choline and acetate and stops in this way the stimulus for muscular contraction. The idea of the project is to capture the essential features of the dynamics of this enzyme, as well as their changes due to the binding of an inhibitor, by minimal models for protein dynamics, which have been developed in the group over the last years. For this purpose experimental information will be gathered from quasielastic neutron scattering experiments, which gives an averaged view of single atom motions in a protein, and THz spectroscopy, which probes its collective dynamics. Molecular dynamics simulations will serve to establishing a link between experimental data and theoretical models. The experiments will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Judith Peters at the Institut Laue- Langevin in Grenoble and with the scientists of the AILES beam line at the Synchrotron SOLEIL in St Aubin, 25 km south of Paris. The candidate will benefit from excellent working conditions, in particular from longstanding experience in the group with computer-aided modelling of experimental data on protein structure and dynamics and from top class experimental environments. More information can be found on the website http//:dirac.cnrs-orleans.fr.

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Interested candidats should have excelled academically and must hold a recent master degree in physics, physical chemistry, or biochemistry with good knowledge of spectroscopic techniques.

Contact
Name

Prof. Gerald Kneller

E-Mail
Website
Address

Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, CNRS
Rue Charles Sadron
45071 Orléans CEDEX 2
France

How to Apply

Send a short CV and, if available, one or two publications to: .

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06. March 2017 - Duke University
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Duke University: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
06. March 2017 - Duke University
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Duke University: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Employer
Duke University
Location

Durham, NC, USA

Introduction

The physics department at Duke University is seeking to make two postdoctoral research associate appointments in experimental condensed matter physics in the area of correlated electron systems. Candidates with experience in x-ray and neutron scattering techniques and/or material design/synthesis are particularly encouraged to apply.

Description of Institution

Duke University is a private institution and is ranked 8 in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities. The department of physics at Duke University has total of 45 faculty and 70-90 graduate students. Duke Physics has very strong interdisciplinary connections with other disciplines across the Research Triangle Area. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, colour, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Job description

The successful candidates are expected to perform sample synthesis/single crystal growth and characterization measurements at Duke University. X-ray and neutron scattering experiments will be conducted at the national and international user facilities. Experiments under extreme sample environments will be conducted in collaboration with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

These positions are one-year appointments with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to .

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Applicants for both positions should hold a PhD in condensed matter physics, solid state chemistry, or experimental materials science. Background in x-ray/neutron scattering, coding programs and computational modelling of physical systems, sample synthesis and crystal growth, extreme sample environments: cryogenics, high magnetic field and/or high pressure setups, is a plus.

Contact
Name

Sara Haravifard

E-Mail
Website
Address

120 Science Dr., Physics Bldg. Box # 90305, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

How to Apply

To apply, please submit material on-line through AcademicJobsOnline.org [Posting #8913]: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8913 .

Applications should include a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin March 20, 2017, however, the position will remain open until filled.

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26. February 2017 - Brookhaven National Laboratory
Scientific Software Developer
NSLS-II: Scientific Software Developer
26. February 2017 - Brookhaven National Laboratory
Scientific Software Developer
NSLS-II: Scientific Software Developer
Employer
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Location

Brookhaven, USA

Introduction

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is seeking an experienced software developer to join the Scientific Computing & Data Acquisition, Data Management, Data Analysis Group.

This position is needed to support the development and maintenance of a software infrastructure for data analysis, management and analysis to support the scientific mission of NSLS-II.

Job description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists and engineers to design, develop, and maintain reliable software for data acquisition, management and analysis.

Collaborate with beamline scientists to define and implement the best strategies and approaches in data acquisition, scientific data handling, management, visualization, and analysis for the purpose of enhancing scientific productivity and impact at NSLS-II.

Provide documentation, training and support for software.

The position classification offered will be commensurate with the candidate’s depth and breadth of experience.

Other Information:

The position classification offered will be commensurate with the candidate’s depth and breadth of experience.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • On site Child Development Center, Swimming Pool, Weight room Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

Requested Profile

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS degree in Computer Science. Physical Sciences, Applied Mathematics or related field.
  • Minimum of one (1) or more years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to employ sound software engineering methodologies.
  • Demonstrated record in collaborative software development.
  • Demonstrated experience in multiple programming languages, including Python and C/C++.
  • An up-to-date knowledge in related scientific data collection, data management, and data analysis concepts.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technical staff.
  • Able to work in a team environment and self-motivated.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in computer science, physics, or related scientific field.
  • Experience in data acquisition and analysis programs at a synchrotron light source, neutron source or other major scientific user facility.
  • Experience with Linux operating systems.
  • Experience with EPICS.
  • Experience in user interface development.
  • Experience working with NoSQL databases
  • Experience contributing to open source software projects.

Contact
Name

Peter J. Esposito

E-Mail
Website
Address

Prinicpal Talent Acquisition Specialist
Energy and Photon Sciences
Brookhaven National Laboratory

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

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05. February 2017 - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Rutgers University: Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
05. February 2017 - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Rutgers University: Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Employer
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Location

New Jersey, USA

Job description

Successful applicants will work on strongly correlated systems, such as magnetic oxides, and in the field of emergent materials. Applicants with experience in x-ray or neutron scattering techniques are preferred. Both local facilities at Rutgers (crystal growth, lab characterization), and outside x-ray/neutron scattering facilities (BNL, NIST) will be used, providing good networking opportunities.

Contact
How to Apply

Curriculum Vitae should be sent to Prof. V. Kiryukhin,

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