Materials Characterisation Method Developer - Placement

Recruiter
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Location
Didcot
Salary
Competitive
Posted
09 Oct 2018
Closes
06 Nov 2018
Specialism
Operations
Sector
Technology
Start Date
Immediate
Duration
Permanent
The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source 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, Powder and thin film X-ray Diffractometers, an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF), an Atomic Force Microscope, a Magnetic Property Measurement System (SQUID), Physical Property Measurement System and a Kerr microscope.

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 student will also have the opportunity to get involved with a number of collaborative science projects with ISIS Users and Staff.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
  • Within the laboratory support team you will develop the following new methods:
  • commission and optimise a Laue X-ray instrument for aligning crystals in preparation for further offline and ISIS beamtime experiments.
  • develop methodology for a new single crystal X-ray diffractometer to aid in pre-screening of ISIS beamtime samples.
  • variable temperature AC. Transport measurements for solids on the Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS)
  • commission and optimise a method for an X-ray diffraction (XRD) utilising a new furnace capable of high pressure, in situ reactive gases and high temperature measurements.
  • build and develop a Ferromagnetic Resonance experiment suitable for an experimental setup on one of the neutron beamlines. This will involve pursuing new research into methods not currently available at ISIS.
  • develop further the ferromagnetic resonance experiment currently employed in R53 for low temperature studies of thin films.
  • develop methodology for a benchtop X-ray diffraction instrument (XRD) suitable for pre-screening samples and complimentary measurements to beamline instruments, with exploring its full capabilities of different options and temperature stages.

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.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential:
  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • current 2:1 science degree results or above
  • enrolled on a Science degree course
  • laboratory Experience, analytical instrumentation knowledge
  • good Communication skills
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to the
  • strong oral and written presentation skills.

Desirable:
  • work experience
  • understanding of lab safety
  • attention to detail, strong interest in physical sciences
  • highly self-motivating


Interview Criteria

Essential:
  • laboratory experience, analytical instrumentation knowledge
  • good communication skills
  • willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
  • strong oral and written presentation skills.

Desirable:
  • work experience
  • understanding of lab safety
  • attention to detail, strong interest in physical sciences
  • highly self-motivating


Organization Description

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world.

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