Postdoctoral researcher - High Pressure Neutron Diffraction

The ISIS neutron source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links.

The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates 9 neutron diffraction and imaging beamlines, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. In addition, the group has an extensive programme of developments to expand the application of the neutron diffraction technique into new areas, including advanced instrumentation, novel sample environment devices and innovative data analysis methods. 

The PEARL instrument is dedicated to performing high pressure powder diffraction experiments. At present, it is possible to routinely perform experiments at pressures up to 10 GPa, with higher pressures of up to around 25 GPa achievable using sintered diamond anvils. It is also possible to perform high pressure experiments at elevated pressures over a wide range of temperatures (currently 80- 1200 K), allowing PEARL to perform studies over a wide range of scientific disciplines in physics, chemistry, materials science and earth/planetary science.

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated scientist to a three year postdoctoral research position at ISIS. The principal duties are to work with the instrument team on PEARL and the ISIS Sample Environment Group to develop the high pressure diffraction capabilities available to the user programme at ISIS. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out high quality research to probe high pressure phenomena driven by their own ideas and in collaboration with members of the Crystallography Group and the wider ISIS user community.


List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

•      Develop high pressure large and small volume (Diamond Anvil Cell, DAC) techniques for on and off-line sample characterisation.

•      Provide scientific support to the user programme on the PEARL diffractometer.

•      Conduct high quality research using high pressure techniques.

•      Write beamtime applications for central facility access (e.g. ISIS and Diamond).

•      Provide supervision for students (dependent on experience).

•      Disseminate research via publications and conference presentations.

Contacts and Communication

You will interact with visitors, predominantly from higher education institutions but also from industry. You will be expected to present your scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.

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