Technical Manager of the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Facility

£34304 - £36382 per annum
07 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2022
Durham University
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. Durham Chemistry is a world top 100 chemistry department (QS World University Subject Rankings 2020) and has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students.

Ranked fifth overall in REF2014 and first for impact, we are an active and vibrant department including a strong cohort of early career researchers and future leaders. Ranked second in the Guardian University Guide 2021, our undergraduate programmes are highly rated outisde of the Department and by our students. We offer both 3-year Bachelors (Bsc) and 4- year Integrated Masters (MChem) courses, and students can study Chemistry either as a single subject or via Durham's popular Natural Sciences programme. At postgraduate level our students come from all over the world to carry out research.

Durham Chemistry is part of three Centres for Doctoral Training: SOFI (soft matter and interfaces), MosMed (Molecular Sciences for Medicine) and ReNU (renewable energy). Each year we admit around 120 single honours undergraduates and around 45 PhD students. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Durham University has recently secured EPSRC funding for a new laboratory-based X ray absoprtion and emission spectroscopy (XAS + XES) system to be based in the department of chemistry. The facility will also include ancillary equipment for energy materials and catalysis studies.

The facility will be used by internal and external users, including through mail-in and remote access routes. The post holder will be responsible, under a management board, for commissioning the equipment, training users, promoting the equipment and managing day-to-day operaiton of the equipment.

This will include conducting training at in house and external events, liaising with internal and external collaborators and the management board, and identifying ways to ensure the long term sustainability of the facility (e.g. through relevant experimental or data analysis consultancy beyond the running of the equipment as a service).

There will also be opportunities to develop collaborative research in the use of laboratory XAS. What you are required to submit 1. A 2 page maximum CV; 2. A 2 page maximum covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above; 3. The person Specification and Realising your potential approach grids Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.