I21-RIXS PostDoc Research Associate

Diamond Light Source Ltd

  • London & South East England
  • £33,963.00 - £39,955.00
  • Academic - postdoc
  • Closing date 24 May 2020

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About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About the Role

We now have an exciting opportunity for a motivated scientist to take on a post-doctoral research position at the leading-edge of Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) in the soft x-ray range. Diamond’s Beamline I21 is a newly constructed RIXS beamline delivering world-leading photon flux and spectral resolving power.

The successful candidate will primarily focus on scientific research area of emergent phenomena of quantum materials exploited by the ultra-high-resolution RIXS. RIXS is a powerful technique sensitive to spin-, charge-, orbital-, and lattice- degrees of freedom. Due to the vast improvement of the energy resolution, RIXS has been shown as a key probe for resolving collective plasmons, orbitons, magnons, and electron-phonon couplings, which are hallmark of correlated quantum materials such as unconventional superconductors, topological insulators, and novel magnetic materials.

You will play an active role in further optimising our existing capabilities and have the opportunity to be influential in developments of the sample environment, the data analysis, and the future beamline upgrade. 

You will be expected to participate in internationally competitive research programmes which exploit the capabilities of I21 and Diamond in general. And you will be encouraged to establish new collaborative directions using RIXS and other relevant tools. You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories within the magnetic materials group, the Research Complex at Harwell, and the ISIS neutron source.

UK and overseas travel will be required, along with the ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working. 

About You

You will have an appropriate Science Degree and PhD, along with proven experience and research interest in relevant areas. 

You should have experiences in many-body condensed matter physics using one or more of following techniques: x-ray absorption spectroscopy, resonant X-ray scattering, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and inelastic neutron scattering. Experience in theoretical modelling such as multiplet calculations and/or density functional theory would be advantageous. 

You will display good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills in order to interact with facility staff and users at all levels. 


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities.

To Apply 

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us. 

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th May 2020.

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