Research Fellow in Advanced X-ray Characterisation

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
18 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in Advanced X-ray Characterisation of Materials and Processes with Synchrotron Radiation? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

The team at University of Leeds is part of the EPSRC Future Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation Hub, a consortium of 7 UK Universities and more than 25 industrial companies. The aim of the Hub is to deliver new predictive tools and design approaches for products, processes and supply chains, to enable the potential of Quality-by-Design (QbD) and Industry 4.0 initiatives to be realised. These regulatory and industry-driven initiatives have set out ambitious visions, but the enabling tools do not yet exist. However, by bringing the latest advances in underpinning fundamental molecular science to bear on prediction tools and technologies we can realistically hope to facilitate a step-change in practice.

The role of the University of Leeds team is to provide leadership in advanced X-ray characterisation with synchrotron radiation techniques to the consortium. Latest advances in analytical X-ray technologies for in situ and operando studies of molecular materials and processes have established a virtually unexplored landscape for structure/performance studies, determining properties at all length scales from molecular to macroscopic dimensions complementing established X-ray crystallography, X-ray scattering and X-ray imaging techniques with advanced X-ray probing of local structure, notably through synchrotron techniques such as X-ray pair distribution function (XPDF) measurements, near-ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS). Further opportunities for process studies arise from fast imaging and tomography with coherent synchrotron X-rays.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in a physical science or engineering subject, with a strong background in synchrotron radiation X-ray techniques and experience with synchrotron-based in situ X-ray characterisation beyond diffraction-based X-ray crystallography. Essential techniques: X-ray pair distribution (XPDF), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS).

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Sven Schroeder, Bragg Centenary Chair in Engineering Applications of Synchrotron Radiation

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 2401 or email:

Further information

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Location:      Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:      School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category:      Research
Grade:      Grade 7
Salary:      £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (Until 31 December 2019 (grant funding))
Closing Date:      Wednesday 24 July 2019
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