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22. June 2017 - Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University
PhD position - Amphiphilic Drug Self-Assemblies Studied by Scattering Techniques
PhD position - Amphiphilic Drug Self-Assemblies Studied by Scattering Techniques
22. June 2017 - Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University
PhD position - Amphiphilic Drug Self-Assemblies Studied by Scattering Techniques
PhD position - Amphiphilic Drug Self-Assemblies Studied by Scattering Techniques
Employer
Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University
Location

Uppsala, Sweden

Introduction

A postdoc position in physical chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University, will be open for application during the fall year 2017.

Project: Amphiphilic Drug Self-Assemblies Studied by Scattering Techniques

The postdoc position is in the research group Pharmaceutical Physical Chemistry. Our research aims at clarifying the relationships between the molecular structure of drug molecules and excipients, their physical-chemical properties and behavior in drug formulations and delivery systems such as microgels, vesicles and microemulsions.

Job description

The project will be part of a new initiative to study the self-assembling properties of amphiphilic drugs in solution and their interaction with other amphiphilic self-assemblies and charged polymer networks. The group is currently setting-up advanced research equipment for combined static and dynamic light scattering techniques. The postdoc project will focused on structural investigations by means of light scattering and small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering techniques.

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Suitable background for the project is a PhD in physical chemistry or related areas and expertise in dynamic and static light scattering as well as experience of small-angle scattering techniques at large scale facilities.

How to Apply

For more information, contact:

Prof. Per Hansson

Phone: +46(0)762736768

Doc. Magnus Bergström

Phone: +46(0)736354644

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01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Software Developer (M/F)
Software Developer (M/F)
01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Software Developer (M/F)
Software Developer (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 fundamental research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world and hosts over 2000 visits by scientists per year, who come to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. Funded primarily by its three founder members, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the ILL has also signed scientific collaboration agreements with 10 other countries. Our Scientific Computing group is currently looking for a Software Developer (M/F).

Job description

The mission of the Scientific Computing group is to develop and support the data reduction and analysis software that enables visiting scientists to exploit their scattering data effectively during experiments. Working in a team of scientists and software engineers, you will:

  • take charge of the integration of new functionalities into the software MDANSE, which is used to analyse molecular dynamics trajectories to derive physical quantities for isotropic materials
  • contribute to the investigation into how the ASE (Atomic Simulation Environment) and PhonoPy can be used to estimate the phonon dispersion relations in crystalline materials
  • participate in the maintenance of FullProf, a suite dedicated to the treatment of x-ray and neutron diffraction data
  • interact with a group of expert users to gather all necessary requirements prior to starting the coding tasks
  • perform a complete survey of the available mathematical and graphical libraries to be included in the various projects.

This position is part of the SINE2020 European project, whose main objective is the standardization and sharing of scientific software among different neutron and synchrotron facilities.

Notes

  • 36-month fixed-term contract
  • Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.
  • Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the Scientific Computing group: Dr. Paolo Mutti, email: (please do not send your application to this address).

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

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Qualifications and experience

You have:

  • a master’s degree or a PhD in physics or applied mathematics with a strong interest in software development, or a degree in software engineering with an interest in complex physics problems
  • an in-depth knowledge of Python and C++ and a good knowledge of all modern programming techniques and tools
  • experience in GUI design would be an advantage.

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 (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Contact
How to Apply

Please submit your application on line via our website: www.ill.eu/careers.
The interviews will take place on July 10 and 13.

Deadline
13. July 2017
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01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant M/F - Electrochemistry
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant M/F - Electrochemistry
01. June 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant M/F - Electrochemistry
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant M/F - Electrochemistry
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 fundamental research using neutrons. The ILL operates the brightest neutron source in the world, reliably delivering intense neutron beams to 40 unique scientific instruments. The Institute welcomes 1700 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research in solid-state physics, crystallography, soft matter, biology, chemistry and fundamental physics. Funded primarily by its three founder members: France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the ILL has also signed scientific collaboration agreements with 10 other European countries. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant M/F – Electrochemistry.

Description of Institution

Qualifications and experience
Ph.D. in physics, chemistry or physical chemistry.
We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience in electrochemistry and/or reflectometry techniques.
Applications from candidates bringing their own research project in the field of electrochemistry or applications in soft matter of liquid/liquid interfaces will be considered.
The post represents an excellent opportunity for a young postdoctoral scientist to develop expertise, broaden their experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

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 (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Job description

Working within the Large Scale Structures (LSS) group and funded by the European grant FILL2030, you will be involved in the development of methods for the study of a range of systems at planar liquid/liquid interfaces with neutrons and complementary techniques with a focus on the investigation of phenomena related to electrochemistry.

Few experimental techniques exist that can be used to probe buried planar liquid/liquid interfaces, such as the phase boundary between hydrocarbon oils and aqueous solutions. Progress in the study of bulk liquid/liquid interfaces using neutron reflectometry has been slow so far due to challenging experimental difficulties and the weak neutron signal due to absorption from the liquids. We have demonstrated recently the unique characteristics of the FIGARO reflectometer at the ILL in allowing us, for the first time, to study bulk interfaces with neutrons. This is possible thanks to the high neutron flux of the instrument combined with the ability to reflect either up or down at the interface. Further developments are needed for the optimisation of a range of sample cells and measurement procedures as well as approaches for data analysis using neutrons on FIGARO and optical and x-rays techniques within the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter.

The work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Ali Zarbakhsh from Queen Mary University in London. The PDRA will be based at the ILL with frequent visits to the collaborators’ laboratories. He/she will be expected to contribute to publicising neutron scattering techniques and the unique capabilities of the FIGARO instrument with the electrochemistry and soft matter communities.

The LSS group comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometers. These include instruments for small-angle scattering, reflectometry, diffraction from single crystals or one or two-dimensionally ordered materials. The range of science covered is very broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural molecular biology to materials science, chemistry and magnetic phenomena.

Notes:

  • Post-Doctoral contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18-month period.
  • Only candidates holding a PhD obtained less than 2 years ago are eligible for post-doctoral positions.
  • Medical fitness for work under ionising radiation is required.
    Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the LSS Group: Dr. G. Fragneto, tel.:+33(0)4.76.20.70.62, e-mail: or via http://www.ill.fr/lss (please do not send your application to this address).

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

Contact
How to Apply

Please submit your application on line with a list of publications and the names of 3 references, including one from your present work place, no later than 03.07.2017, via our website: www.ill.eu/careers (Vacancy reference: 17/PostDoc04). The interviews will take place in the last 2 weeks of August 2017. The selected candidate is expected to start in Autumn 2017.

Deadline
03. July 2017
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10. May 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
PhD Position - Ordered Spinels for Magnetoelectric Properties
PhD Position - Ordered Spinels for Magnetoelectric Properties
10. May 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
PhD Position - Ordered Spinels for Magnetoelectric Properties
PhD Position - Ordered Spinels for Magnetoelectric Properties
Employer
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Location

Grenoble, France
Caen, France

Introduction

For the last 15 years, the studies of multiferroic materials are one of the most enthusiastic subjects in condensed matter field of research. A multiferroic compound presents two simultaneous ferroic orders (ferroelectric, ferromagnetic or ferroelastic). For the magnetoelectric (ME) multiferroic materials the magnetization can be controlled by the electric fields. Such properties open the way of new spintronic devises with various applications.
For more information on the CRISMAT please visit our web site: http://www-crismat.ensicaen.fr/?lang=en.

Job description

The spinel structures AB2O4 are very well known for their numerous magnetic properties and recently CoCr2O4 has been investigate as ME-multiferroic (type II) compounds. In that case, the appearance of the incommensurate conical-spiral magnetic order directly involves the ferroelectricity. Moreover, the magnetic dilution on the B-sites for the series CoII(CrIII1-xCoIIIx)O4, significantly increases both statured electric polarization and magnetization under magnetic field. On the other hand, the magnetic dilution on the A-sites for the series Zn1-XCoXCr2O4 causes the disappearance of the ferromagnetic ordering to benefit to frustrated antiferromagnetism. At the CRISMAT we recently start to study the spinel family Co5-xZnxTeO8. In those compounds the Te6+ cation plays the role of a B-site magneto-diluting agent and enables to get ordered spinel. On the other side the Zn2+ cation plays the role of A-site magneto-diluting agent. The Co5-xZnxTeO8 series appears as very versatile spinel family since we can perfectly decide on which sites the magnetic dilution will take place and easily modify the ME properties.
The aim of this project is to continue the investigation of this remarkable Co5-xZnxTeO8 spinel series. A special attention will be paid on ordered spinel compounds Co5-xZnxTeO8 with 0 < x < 1 to establish the magnetic phase diagram and the evolution of ME coupling versus x. We will also investigate other chemical systems to find novel ordered spinel phases. All the compounds will be synthesized by solid state reactions and their structures (nuclear and magnetic) characterized by X-ray and neutron diffraction. An important part of the synthesis work will be consecrated to grow single-crystals of sufficient sizes to characterize the dielectric properties and the complex magnetic structures.

Location and Salary

The PhD project will be located in Grenoble (France), at the ILL, and at the CRISMAT in Caen (France). The successful candidate will be employed for a period of up to three years, with a gross salary of around 2350 €/month, together with other benefits depending on the student’s social status (for more details see: http://www.ill.eu/science-technology/phd-students/phd-recruitment/phd-work-at-the-ill/). A team of experts, including Nicolas Barrier, Emmanuelle Suard, Juan Rodriguez-Carvajal and Alain Pautrat , will supervise the work of the PhD student.

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Applicants should have a Master degree in solid state chemistry or in physic. Academic knowledge of condensed matter physics and crystallography will be appreciated. Good English communication skills (oral and written) are also required.

Contact
How to Apply

To apply, please send a letter of motivation and a CV (with 2 recommendation letters) to Dr. Nicolas Barrier, .

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10. May 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
PhD Position - Protomembranes at the origin of life
PhD Position - Protomembranes at the origin of life
10. May 2017 - Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
PhD Position - Protomembranes at the origin of life
PhD Position - Protomembranes at the origin of life
Employer
Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Location

Grenoble, France

Introduction

Compartimentalization is a key point in the evolution of life, since it allowed to form cells, and define an inside and an outside. It allowed cells to create chemical gradients and harvest their energy. The origin of the first membranes which has been proposed to occur at hydrothermal vents still remains problematic, since high temperatures, which favor the efficiency of organic syntheses, also increase molecular motion of membrane lipids, leading to increased permeability, and decreased rigidity. Thus, under such fluctuating conditions, a protocell membrane is expected to have had limited stability and high permeability [1], which is in apparent contradiction with a possible origin of life in hydrothermal conditions.

The archetypical adaptative strategy in hyperthermophilic organisms, is the synthesis of membrane-spanning, dipolar tetraether lipids [2]. However, the existence of these molecules on the young Earth is unlikely. Recently, a novel membrane architecture was proposed to explain the stability of lipid membrane bilayers in the hyperthermophilic archaeaon Thermococcus barophilus by the group of P. Oger (http://map.univ-lyon1.fr/spip.php?article251&lang=en) [3]. This novel membrane architecture predicts the presence of apolar lipids in the mid-plane of the bilayer, which would limit charge transfer between the two sides, leading to a decrease in proton and water permeability, as well as an increase of membrane rigidity, providing a rationale for the ability of this organism to withstand temperatures above the boiling point of water [4].

These observations have important impact on how we understand membrane adaptation to extreme environments, but more importantly on possible scenarios for the membranes of the first cells. Indeed, simple monopolar amphiphilic molecules were readily available on the Young Earth, making the spontaneous formation of bilayer membranes reasonable. If temperature, pH, or hydrostatic pressure stability domains of bilayers can be extended to comply with the fluctuating conditions of hydrothermal vents, therefore it may answer parts of the questions raised by the origin of life at hydrothermal vents scenarios.

Please also have a look at the attached PDF file below, to see the description with an image.

Literature cited
[1] Mansy, S.S. and Szostak, J.W. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA (2008) 105(36):13351–13355.
[2] P. Oger, A. Cario, Biophys. Chem. 15 (2013) 42-56.
[3] A. Cario, V. Grossi, P. Schaeffer, P. Oger, Front. Microbiol. 6 (2015).
[4] T.H. Haines, Prog. Lipid Res. 40 (2001) 299-324.

Job description

The aim of this project is to

  • demonstrate experimentally – using elastic and inelastic neutron scattering – the validity of the novel protomembrane architecture
  • explore its physical and chemical parameters
  • characterize the impact of the presence of apolar lipids on membrane biological function (proton and water permeability, fluidity, viscosity, rigidity)
  • determine the relative contribution of each lipid type (monopolar,
    apolar,) and lipid moiety (polar head-group, core) on membrane physical parameters.

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We are looking for a motivated candidate with a background in biophysics or chemical physics. Experience with neutrons is a plus but is not required.

This is an ILL PhD position funded by ILL. The PhD candidate will be located at ILL in Grenoble.

How to Apply

To apply for this position send a CV, a description of your education and a motivation letter to the three supervisors
before July 7, 2017.

Supervisors: P. Oger, INSA Lyon (), B. Demé, ILL (), J. Peters, UGA Grenoble ()

Deadline
07. July 2017
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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)

Contact
E-Mail
Website

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

Address

Please send a mail to

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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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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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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
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