Postdoctoral position in Neutron scattering
Sort on published: 2017-07-06
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At the Department of Physics and Astronomy with placement at Rutherford Appleton Lab., Didcot, U.K.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is the second largest at Uppsala University with more than 250 employees and 10 different divisions and is situated at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala. The Department was formed in January 2010 by merging the former Department of Physics and Astronomy with the Department of Physics and Materials Science. The postdoctoral position is stationed at Rutherford Appleton Lab., Didcot U.K.
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The postdoc will be part of the Division Materials Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Uppsala University. Our research focuses on non-equilibrium and finite size effects in magnetic materials, metal hydrides, liquids and polymers. The primary tools to this end involve the use, and development, of advanced neutron and x-ray scattering methods, available at international large-scale facilities around the world, as well as ion beam, optical and transport measurements. This is often combined with theoretical modeling in collaboration with research colleagues from, e.g. material theory.
The postdoc will be part of a collaborative project between Chalmers, Uppsala University and the ISIS neutron facility of the Rutherford Laboratory in the U.K. The postdoc will be based at ISIS on a 75% basis. His/her task is twofold. Firstly, she/he will perform cutting-edge research focused on studies of hydrogen dynamics in solid state oxide materials and transition metals, stretching from protonic (H+) to hydridic (H-) species, with a view towards their application as electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells and as hydrogen-storage materials, using as main techniques inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS). Secondly, he/she will participate in the ongoing upgrades of the primary and secondary spectrometer of the QENS instrument OSIRIS, a timely task following the recent review of the instrument by an international panel of experts (http://www.isis.stfc.ac.uk/groups/molecular-spectroscopy/iris-and-osiris-international-review15449.html). Specifically, this task involves ray-tracing simulations in order to optimise the optical components of the beam line to achieve the best compromise between high flux and excellent resolution. Further objectives are evaluating the current limitations of QENS, benchmark current instrumentation against future instruments at the ESS, and building competence in the design, operation, and optimization of neutron instruments, so that the postdoc will be employable as a beamline scientist at the ESS. The postdoc will spend around 25% of the time at Uppsala University and Chalmers to keep contact to the Swedish university system and to participate in complementary research related to hydrogen dynamics in solid state materials. In particular, the postdoc will collaborate with a new PhD student, that will be employed at Chalmers, but, similar to the postdoc, will be based at ISIS on a 75% basis. The position may be held for a maximum of three years (renewed on a yearly basis, following a succesful review) and will support science programs funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Applicants must hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a similar area of science. We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible and personally matured candidate with good communication skills. Excellent experimental skills are indispensable as well as very good communication to support users and collaborators. A background in neutron scattering methods is an advantage. Good computer skills and a solid background in condensed matter physics and mathematics are further merits. Excellent knowledge of English, writing and speaking, is required.
Your application must include a personal letter with a short description of yourself and the reasons why you are interested in the position. You must also include a CV, authorized copies of degrees and diplomas, copies of your PhD thesis and other documents, such as publications, that you want to invoke. Names and contact details of at least two scientists that have offered to act as references for you must also be included, with a clear indication of their relationship to you.
Rules governing PostDoc candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Salary: According to local agreement
Starting: 2017-09-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Temporary position.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
Max Wolff (Uppsala), (firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone + 46 (0)18 - 471 3590)
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-07-31, UFV-PA 2017/2657.
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Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
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Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/2657
Last application date: 2017-07-31