Job title - NanoESCA Manager
Job number - ACAD104702
Division/School - School of Chemistry
Contract type - Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern - Full time
Salary - £38,017 - £42,792 per annum
Closing date for applications - 8th October 2020
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to undertake the day to day duties involved in the operation, training and supervision of researchers from various schools within the Faculty of Science making use of the Bristol NanoESCA facility for the surface characterisation of advanced materials for energy applications.
The successful candidate will be an expert in ultra-high vacuum photoelectron emission spectroscopy techniques with experience of conducting experiments using both laboratory equipment as well as at national synchrotron facilities.
Ideally, the successful candidate will be familiar with the operation of energy-filtered photoelectron emission spectroscopy instruments.
The candidate should have a background in condensed matter physics and experience of delivering teaching to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In addition to undertaking activities to attract new users from within the University of Bristol to the facility, the manager will also be expected to engage with external users drawn from the regional universities as well as industrial research organisations, national laboratories and SMEs to ensure that the NanoESCA is financially sustainable.
There is scope for the successful candidate to develop their own research portfolio and participate in seeking research council grant funding.
As manager you will report to the Director of the Bristol Ultra-quiet NanoESCA Laboratory (BrUNEL).
The Bristol NanoESCA II is a £1.8M state-of-the-art instrument platform funded by the EPSRC’s Strategic Equipment Panel, that provides a unique capability in the UK to surface science researchers working on advanced materials for Energy, NanoBio and Quantum photonics.
The specialist analytical techniques provided by the NanoESCA platform typically probe the top three atom layers of crystalline material and to reveal this information the surface has to be subjected to a careful decontamination under Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) conditions and subsequently remain in UHV for the duration of the analysis.
The three main characterization techniques of the facility are: NanoESCA II Energy-filtered Photoemission Electron Microscope (Ef-PEEM), high-resolution X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Spot Profile Analysis Low Energy Electron Diffraction (SPA-LEED).
The Bristol NanoESCA facility also includes UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy that supports all modes of STM and AFM including Scanning Kelvin Probe microscopy complementing the NanoESCA’s ability to image quantitatively chemical and electronic structure, but at lateral resolutions slightly below the 20 nanometre level achievable with the NanoESCA.
With several types of vacuum suitcase in use within the facility, we have the capability to provide a pre- and post-analysis service to NanoESCA users who access national synchrotron beam line end stations at Diamond and Elettra.
Of the 18 research groups currently using the NanoESCA four of these currently analyse nuclear materials including uranium oxides, nitrides and nuclear steels.
A list of current publications is available on the NanoESCA website.
We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
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