[Neutron] Post-doc: Delft Univ. of Technology & European Spallation Source

Lambert van Eijck - TNW L.vanEijck at tudelft.nl
Wed Nov 28 17:26:36 CET 2012

Applied Sciences
The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,400 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

Research using nuclear radiation and isotopes is performed within the Radiation Science and Technology department, a section of which, “Neutron and Positron Methods in Materials” (NPM2), focuses on innovative and complementary use of neutron and positron beams for materials science. This section has a long-standing and worldwide unique expertise in both positron annihilation and neutron scattering, which already led to the development of fundamentally new techniques and concepts. It has close connections with all large international research facilities and in particular with the European Spallation Source (ESS) project in Lund, Sweden.

Job description
The ESS will be operational with its first instruments in 2019 and is currently in its design-update phase. At the present phase, the Dutch contribution consists of developing new instrumentation concepts for Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), neutron reflectometry, neutron inelastic scattering and neutron imaging, documented in four work packages (see http://hollandess.weblog.tudelft.nl/).

In order to perform these tasks, which comprise conceptual layout and design, assessed by analytical calculations, Monte Carlo simulations and possibly proof-of-principle experiments, two post-doc positions have been opened at TU Delft. The work, which will lead to a final report to the ESS, will be conducted within the NPM2 section in close collaboration and information exchange with the ESS team in Lund.

We are seeking two outstanding and highly motivated scientists, who will contribute to designing new neutron scattering instruments and developing new concepts for polarised neutron beams, exploiting the potential of Larmor precession, a field in which the section NPM2 has unique expertise.

Both positions are available for a fixed term of 2 years. The successful candidates will have a PhD in Physics or Chemistry, excellent communication skills and the ability of conducting independent scientific work. Computer skills as well as some experience in scattering techniques (neutrons, X-Rays, electrons) or optics are highly desirable. We expect creativity, flexibility and the ability to co-operate within an interdisciplinary research group.

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work-week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. C. Pappas, phone: +31 (0)15-2784597, e-mail: c.pappas at tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 15 December 2012 to Mrs. N.D. Banga, n.d.banga at tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWRRR12-055.
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