Archive | September 2016

Postdoc vacancy in the group

We’re hiring! Blurb below, but get in touch if you have any questions…

Correlative Imaging Assistant/Officer (Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) Facility)

Link for applications: VACANCY
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Closing date: 18-09-2016
Salary: £28,143 to £37,768 per annum

The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be appointed to the minimum of the agreed scale with annual increments on 1 October each year (subject to completing six months service).

This is a fixed term position for 3 years, with review after 12 and 24 months. The salary will be on the Grade 7 or 8 salary scale for Research Staff together with USS benefits:

This profile is available at:http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/promotions/heraguidanceandinformation/

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. 

Main Purpose of the Post

Swansea University seek to recruit a Correlative imaging Research Assistant to conduct research in the area of multi-length scale and imaging, utilising X-ray and electron microscopy.

Based at Swansea University’s state-of-the-art £9M Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) Facility in the College of Engineering, the successful candidate will work primarily across imaging platforms; focusing on Ziess X-ray microscopy/tomography, and Zeiss electron microscopy with focused-ion beam (FIB).

We are seeking an excellent candidate to join our collaborative team, working in partnership with Carl Zeiss, to develop correlative imaging workflows across a diverse range of materials systems, including structural alloys, energy materials, coatings, biomaterials, soft tissue, rare and valuable archaeological specimens, and geological materials, among others.

The successful candidate will work with the AIM team and their academic and industrial collaborators to develop novel imaging and characterization methodologies across a wide variety of materials, and develop new avenues of research across disciplines. The successful candidate will also work closely with the development and applications teams at Carl Zeiss in Pleasanton, California, and in Germany.

The applicant should have (or shortly expect to obtain) a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a closely related discipline and with an undergraduate degree (2(i) minimum) or M.Sc. in a relevant field are essential. He/she must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project. Knowledge of the following research techniques and expertise is essential: X-ray imaging and tomography, focused ion beam techniques, electron microscopy and image analysis. Evidence of the ability to generate high-quality research output through the publication of peer reviewed research papers is a requirement.

The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to manage. As a self-motivated individual you will be expected to initiate, manage and develop research collaborations within the facility. Therefore, the ability to liaise with both academic and industrial collaborators is essential.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • To undertake research, as directed by the AIM Facility Co-Directors, Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce and Dr Richard Johnston.
  • To undertake and develop correlative imaging workflows across X-ray tomography and electron microscopy/FIB.
  • To apply cutting-edge X-ray tomography and electron microscopy/FIB to diverse research themes.
  • To collaborate with research partners including national and international travel.
  • To write journal papers for submission in peer-reviewed journals.
  • To assist with demonstrations of the Zeiss X-ray microscopy and FIB-SEM capabilities to potential Zeiss customers.
  • To contribute content and assist with the maintenance of the laboratory website.
  • To initiate, manage and develop research collaborations within the facility.
General Duties and Responsibilities

This appointment in the College has a number of generic objectives common to research appointments.  These relate to developing and generating novel research concepts, designs, directions, and outputs in areas related to the discipline.

  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data, generate original ideas and present results.
  • Prepare reports, draft patents and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication.
  • Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed
  • Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College and elsewhere in the University and beyond as appropriate such as in industry/commerce, public organisations, hospitals and academia.
  • Contribute to College organisational matters in order to help it run smoothly and to help raise its external research profile.
  • Keep informed of developments in the field in technical, specific and general terms and their wider implication for the discipline area, commercial applications and the knowledge economy.
  • When requested act as a representative or member of committees, using the opportunity to extend their own professional experience.
  • Demonstrate and evidence own professional development, identifying development needs with reference to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, particularly with regard to probation, appraisal, and performance reviews, and participation in training events.
  • Maintain and enhance links with the professional institutions and other related bodies.
  • Participate in and undertake other research or administrative activities appropriate to their experience and skill, and as directed by the Head of the College / Institute or such other person delegated to act with their authority.
  • Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance.  This includes ensuring project log-book records are deposited with the University/Principal Investigator on completion of the work.
  • To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships.
  • To fully engage with the University’s Performance Enabling and Welsh Language policies
  • To conduct the job role and all activities in accordance with safety, health and sustainability policies and management systems, in order to reduce risks and impacts arising from the work activity.
Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Values

  • Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering professional services and solutions
  • Ability to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers
  • Demonstrable evidence of providing a caring approach to all of your customers ensuring a personalised and positive experience

Qualifications

  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a closely related discipline and with an undergraduate degree (2(i) minimum) or M.Sc. in a relevant field are essential

Skills/Knowledge

  • Motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project
  • Knowledge of the following research techniques and expertise is essential: X-ray imaging and tomography, focused ion beam techniques, electron microscopy and image analysis
  • Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  • A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  • Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project

Desirable Criteria 

  • Evidence of commitment to Continuing Professional Development
Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Richard Johnston: r.johnston@swansea.ac.uk   and   Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce: c.pleydell-pearce@swansea.ac.uk

 

Fixed Term Contract end date/ Notes on Application

This is a fixed term position for 3 years, to be reviewed every 12 months

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