ROCK: Beamline Scientist
Using the full potentiality of the ROCK beamline in terms of high time framing, eventually associated with micrometer spatial resolution, the successful candidate is expected to develop his/her own research focused on in situ and operando characterizations of photocatalytic materials which could be involved e. g. in water splitting or CO2 reduction, two pillars of chemical transformations for providing sustainable energy, or in environmental remediations by providing solutions for pollutant removals. His/her research interest could cover many aspects of the development of photocatalytic materials: from their tailored synthesis to the monitoring of the photocatalytic reactions with strong emphasis of surface-active species characterization. The Modulation Excitation Spectroscopy could be advantageously used to this purpose.
- He/She is expected to strengthen existing and create new collaborations with leading groups in these domains as well as with groups pioneering the use of time resolved XAS in their field. He/She will actively participate to these areas of research. He/she will apply the most advanced XAFS analysis methods to best exploit the time-resolved data produced on ROCK.
- He/She will contribute to and stimulate the development of the beamline capabilities in terms of sample environments, particularly reaction cells allowing in situ and/or operando characterizations of photocatalysts as well as time-resolved hyperspectral imaging.
- He/She will be responsible for maintaining and developing the Python control-command facilities, both for daily operation and future technical and scientific evolutions of the beamline. He/She will implement scripting interface for automation of acquisition procedures together with control of specific sample environments.
- He/she will ensure a high standard of welcome and service to external users.
- He/She will participate in all beamline activities (maintenance and commissioning of new equipment) under the management of the beamline manager.
- The candidate should hold a PhD, have a solid expertise in Chemistry or Chemical Physics, and at least three years of post-doctoral research experience. He/She must demonstrate a research experience in the application of XAFS to at least one of the domains mentioned above and He/She should have a strong interest in scientific instrumentation. A post-doctoral experience on a beamline would be appreciated.
- A sound background in X-ray absorption spectroscopy and Multivariate analysis is mandatory.
- Strong knowledge in scientific programming would be an advantage for both performing experimental research and supporting users' special needs.
- This position requires sense of responsibility and the ability to work independently as well as in a team. The candidate must be fluent in English (written and spoken); given the variety of the users’ origins.
- The working language at SOLEIL is French; knowledge of the French language would be an advantage, and willingness in learning.
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