Materials characterisation method developer

This position will offer the student an excellent opportunity to use and develop the skills they have acquired at university whilst learning many new ones on the way. The main focus of the work will be method development, so that the lab’s full capability can be exploited.

The ISIS Materials Characterisation Laboratory (MCL) boasts a wide range of instrumentation and analytical equipment used by the ISIS User community and staff, as well as other research staff on the RAL campus. This suite of instruments allows a wealth of physical property information to be obtained. 

The instruments include a Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer, a Powder X-ray Diffractometer, an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF), an Atomic Force Microscope, a Magnetic Property Measurement System (SQUID) and a Physical Property Measurement System.

This position will offer the student an excellent opportunity to use and develop the skills they have acquired at university whilst learning many new ones on the way. The main focus of the work will be method development, so that the lab’s full capability can be exploited.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities
Within the laboratory support team you will develop the following new methods:

  • The use of the XRF instrument for quantitative measurements as well as the qualitative measurements for which it is currently used.
  • The use of in-situ crystal growth using a laser on the Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer.
  • The installation of a Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) instrument and development methods for experiments under a range of gases.
  • Develop standard set up parameters for a range of X-ray diffraction experiments to be used on a newly installed XRD instrument.

You will be expected to test these methods on a range of samples and produce documentation for use by future users of the instrumentation. You may also have the opportunities to attend neutron beamline experiments, aid website development, and learn new techniques in the other ISIS support laboratories.

You will be working directly with Support Labs management, and regularly liaising with facility scientists and external users.

Personal Skills and Attributes
The jobholder must be enthusiastic and highly motivated. They should be able to work well as part of a team as well as working independently. A strong interest in physical sciences and working in a laboratory environment is essential.

Information on ISIS can be found at http://www.isis.stfc.ac.uk, and on the ISIS Support Laboratories http://www.isis.stfc.ac.uk/support-laboratories.
For further information about the position, please contact Marek.Jura@stfc.ac.uk or ISISSandwichStudents@stfc.ac.uk

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