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  1. Old Job Postings
    1. Project Scientist for hard X-ray microprobe beamline 10.3.2 at ALS, June 12, 2012
    2. PhD Student in Heterogeneous catalysis and in situ X-ray spectroscopy, June 6, 2012
    3. Beam Line Scientist at The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, posted 12 February, 2012
    4. Postdoctoral Scholar Position in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, reposted 23 Jan 2012
    5. Chemist/Physicist X-ray Spectroscopy Postdoc - 74013, posted 11 Jan 2012
    6. PhD position on characterisation of bonding differences by high-resolution X-ray emission and inelastic X-ray scattering techniques, posted 25 March 2011
    7. Post Doc opportunity, University of Manchester posted 7 July 2010
    8. PhD Opportunity at Institute of Chemistry and Materials Paris East (CNRS and University Paris East, France) posted 8 april, 2010
    9. Data Analysis Scientist, Diamond Light Source, posted 15 March 2010
    10. PhD Opportunity at GFZ Potsdam, Germany, posted 6 February, 2010
    11. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Missouri State University in Materials in Extreme Environments, posted 15 January, 2010
    12. Scientist, X-ray Spectroscopy at DESY, Hamburg location, posted 12 November, 2009
    13. Postdoctoral Position, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, posted October 7, 2009.
    14. Postdoctoral Position, Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, posted 22 September, 2009
    15. The Glenn T. Seaborg Center postdoctoral opportunity, posted 18 September, 2009
    16. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics Department, Yeshiva University posted July 16, 2009
    17. Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium at Brookhaven National Laboratory posted July 16, 2009
    18. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences St. Francis Xavier University posted July 16, 2009
    19. Postdoctoral Research Associate at CARS / University of Chicago posted 3 June, 2009
    20. Post-doctoral fellowship at The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France) posted 12 May, 2009
    21. Doctoral Student Position at The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) posted 16 February, 2009
    22. Beamline Scientist, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), The University of Chicago, posted 3 May, 2008
    23. PhD student: Analysis of the inhomogeneous corrosion product deposition on fuel pin surfaces, posted 13 February, 2008
    24. Position available within the Molecular Environmental Science Group at Argonne National Laboratory, posted 28 September 2007
    25. Beamline Scientist / Scientist positions at the Australian Synchrotron : posted 15-Aug-2007
    26. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dijon France : posted 16-May-2007
    27. Post-Doctoral Fellow (m/f) for Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy on ESRF Beamline ID26, Grenoble, France

Project Scientist for hard X-ray microprobe beamline 10.3.2 at ALS, June 12, 2012

The Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA has an opening for Project Scientist for beamline 10.3.2, a hard X-ray microprobe for environmental and materials sciences. Details are at http://go.lbl.gov/74734

PhD Student in Heterogeneous catalysis and in situ X-ray spectroscopy, June 6, 2012

The Paul Scherrer Institute is with 1400 employees the largest research centre for the natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland and a worldwide leading user laboratory. Its research activities are concentrated on the main topics structure of matter, energy and environmental research as well as human health.

The in situ X-ray spectroscopy group specializes in investigations of mechanisms of catalytic processes using in situ X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy. We are looking for a PhD Student in Heterogeneous catalysis and in situ X-ray spectroscopy

Your tasks

* Your research activity will be focused on synthesis and characterization of ceria based catalysts promoted with nanoparticles of Pt, Au, Cu for reaction of CO preferential oxidation in the presence H2.

  • You will participate in the design of novel in situ reactor and use it for the studies of the mechanism of the catalytic process using combination of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and infra red (IR) spectroscopy.
  • The experiments will be performed using state-of-art facilities at the SuperXAS beamline at Swiss Light Source (http://www.psi.ch/sls/superxas/).

  • During preparation of experiments and data analysis you will actively interact with your colleagues at our institute, at ETH Zurich and with international collaborators.
Your profile
* Excellent qualifications with a university degree (Master or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or a related field are required.
  • Knowledge of inorganic chemistry, good experience in experimental work including inorganic synthesis, basic knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis, analytical methods (mass-spectroscopy, gas chromatography), infra-red spectroscopy, synchrotron radiation methods (X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy or Tomography) would be a benefit.
  • You enjoy practical work and like to conduct research in a team. Excellent communication skills in English are completing your application profile.
  • You will be registered as a PhD Student at the ETH Zurich (http://www.ethz.ch/).

For further information please contact Dr Olga Safonova, (<Olga DOT Safonova SPAM SUPPRESSION AT psi DOT ch>) phone +41 56 310 58 05.

Beam Line Scientist at The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, posted 12 February, 2012

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL, a Directorate of SLAC, and a national research facility for scientific applications in synchrotron radiation) at Stanford University is seeking a Beam Line Scientist with strong methodological, technical and scientific skills for its Chemistry and Catalysis Division x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) team. She/he will assist and support visiting scientific users in designing optimized data collection and analysis strategies for XAS studies of a wide variety of experiments, with an emphasis on catalytic, chemical, (bio) geochemical, and environmental systems.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in collaborations with visiting and in-house scientists.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree (in chemistry, catalysis, physics, biology, geochemistry, or a related field) with strong working experience in synchrotron radiation based XAS research. Experience with, and interest in the development of one or more of the following areas is required: synchrotron radiation based x-ray optics, experiment reaction cells, experimental instrumentation, detectors, electronics, electromechanical hardware, and motion control/data acquisition software. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of user groups, scientists, and technical staff in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Desired Skills: Knowledge of synchrotron-based x-ray absorption spectroscopy methodology (data acquisition, analysis) as applied to chemistry, catalysis, physics, biology, geochemistry, or a related field. Ability to conduct/publish original scientific research. Recognize proper functioning of beam line detectors, electronics, motion systems. Direct experience and knowledge of x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques is highly desirable. Successful experience working in teams is highly desirable.

Information regarding the online application process specific to this position can be found at the SLAC HR website (https://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SLAC&cws=1&rid=638).

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, reposted 23 Jan 2012

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. A recent Ph.D. and experience in synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS: XANES, EXAFS) and XAS data analysis are required. Experience with f‑element electronic structure, computer programming in Fortran and/or Python, actinide/lanthanide chemistry, nuclear and radiochemistry, radiation detection techniques, or closely related fields is desirable.

The Nitsche group investigates radionuclide (Pu, Eu, Np, Am) sorption on solid surfaces, such as functionalized mesoporous materials and iron and manganese minerals. The speciation and local coordination environment are examined with XAS. Data is collected at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL) and currently analyzed with the data analysis suite RSXAP. The successful postdoctoral candidate will work with a graduate student team in the laboratory to prepare materials for XAS measurements, which will involve materials synthesis and characterization, loading with radionuclides, and the determination of sorption properties. The candidate will work on beamline setup and data collection at SSRL, perform XAS data and multi-component analyses, and give instruction of data analysis to the graduate student team. The candidate will also participate with visiting and staff scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and students on scientific research; provide guidance to and foster the development of graduate and undergraduate students; publish experimental results in scientific journals and present results at scientific meetings; and maintain a safe working environment in the laboratory.

This appointment starts ASAP, and is for one year, with the possibility for renewal thereafter. The annual salary range is $54,826-58,116, depending on experience and qualifications.

Qualified applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Professor Heino Nitsche (hnitsche@berkeley.edu), University of California, Berkeley, Department of Chemistry, 446 Latimer Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720‑1460. This posting will be open until the position is filled.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Chemist/Physicist X-ray Spectroscopy Postdoc - 74013, posted 11 Jan 2012

Organization: CH-Chemical Sciences

The Actinide Chemistry Group of the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher who will perform x-ray absorption, x-ray emission, and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) studies of strongly correlated electron systems. The materials under study run the gamut from lanthanide organometallic molecules to actinide intermetallic superconductors, and the questions we address have implications even for fundamental properties of elements in the periodic table.

Key responsibilities: • Conduct experimental studies of actinide and lanthanide systems, mainly synchrotron based spectroscopic measurements. • Interpret data and develop the techniques used, especially RIXS. • Publish experimental results in scientific journals and present results at scientific meetings. • Assist in the preparation of research proposals.

Qualifications: • Recent (within 3 years) Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physics, or related field. • Experience in x-ray absorption spectroscopy or scattering. • Ability to perform research tasks independently and participate in a team environment. • Demonstrated records of publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Note: This is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuation of funds, and on-going operational need.

How To Apply Apply directly online at http://bit.ly/lbl74013PhysicsToday and follow the instructions to complete the application process.

About Us: The Actinide Chemistry Group (ACG) of the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) performs cutting-edge experimental research in fundamental actinide chemistry and physics. The diverse array of collaborative research programs in the ACG encompass coordination and organometallic chemistry, solid-state chemistry and physics, solution and gas-phase chemistry. Unique experimental capabilities in the ACG, as well as at synchrotron light sources, enable state-of-the-art research with actinide elements.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer dedicated to the development of a diverse workforce.

PhD position on characterisation of bonding differences by high-resolution X-ray emission and inelastic X-ray scattering techniques, posted 25 March 2011

One worldwide recognized strategy to reduce spent nuclear fuel long term radiotoxicity from a geological to a historical time-scale is the P&T (partitioning and transmutation) concept, where Pu and the minor actinides (MA) are separated and reprocessed in the nuclear fuel cycle. P&T requires the separation of trivalent actinides (An(III) = Am and Cm) from the chemically similar trivalent lanthanides (Ln(III)) as some of the latter have large neutron capture cross sections, compromising transmutation efficiency in the nuclear fission process. INE designs and optimizes N-donor ligands with recognized potential for use in the partitioning process. Optimization of the partitioning ligands is a topic of global interest, as the present ligands do not yet fulfil all criteria for application in an industrial process. Such optimization implies basic understanding of the chemical and physical processes responsible for ligand selectivity for An(III) over Ln(III).

The doctoral candidate will apply the innovative high-resolution X-ray emission spectroscopy (HRXES) and inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) techniques to characterize any subtle bonding differences between the partitioning ligands and the Ln(III) / An(III) cation, which are expected to be the basis for the ligand selectivity. He/She will take part in developing, constructing and commissioning a multi analyzer crystal spectrometer for HRXES and IXS. This instrument will be installed for use at the INE-Beamline dedicated to actinide speciation investigations and the planned CAT-ACT-Beamline for catalysis and actinide research located at the ANKA synchrotron radiation facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Campus Nord, Germany. The experiments will be performed at ANKA, employing the newly constructed spectrometer, and at external synchrotron sources, e.g., ESRF, SLS. In the first experimental phase, the investigations will focus on a comparative ex-situ study of An and Ln n Pr BTP complexes in solid and liquid phase. In the second experimental phase, the PhD thesis will concentrate on comparative in-situ HRXES/IXS structural liquid-liquid extraction investigations looking from the An/Ln metal centre or ligand atoms’ “point of view”.

The candidate should have Master/Diplom in physics, chemistry or related natural sciences, strong interest in instrumentation, method development and spectroscopy, and good English language skills.

The position is limited to three years and starts immediately.

Applications up to: 30.04.2011

The interested candidates should send a CV per E-mail to Tonya Vitova. ( Tonya.Vitova@kit.edu ).

see also: http://www.ine.kit.edu/english/127.php

Post Doc opportunity, University of Manchester posted 7 July 2010

Applications are invited for the above post as part of an EPSRC-funded collaborative UK-US research programme, which aims to use synchrotron x-ray methods to study the growth of nanoparticles. You will be based in Manchester, but this post offers the opportunity for extensive travel to synchrotron laboratories, in the UK (Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire), the US (Advanced Photon Source) and France (ESRF, Grenoble).

You should hold or be about to obtain a PhD qualification in physical chemistry, surface science or a closely related field. You should have experience of x-ray synchrotron techniques, ideally x-ray absorption methods, and associated data analysis. Some knowledge of electrochemical techniques and other structure/surface characterisation techniques, such as electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction is also desirable.

You will be a highly capable, motivated and independent researcher who is able to interface between the research groups collaborating in this project (which will also support research staff based in the US). You will be expected to take a leading role in the Dryfe research group including organising group meetings, presenting findings at international conferences and drafting manuscripts for publication throughout the appointment.

The post is funded for three years and is available from 1 September 2010.

See http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ABI341/research-associate/ for more details.

PhD Opportunity at Institute of Chemistry and Materials Paris East (CNRS and University Paris East, France) posted 8 april, 2010

Title : Synchrotron Radiation applications to Li-ion accumulators new materials : Atomic and Electronic Structures of Mixed Lithium-Transition Metals Nitrides Supervisors/contacts : A. Michalowicz (email : michalov@u-pec.fr tél : +33 1 49 78 13 39) and J.-P. Pereira-Ramos (email : pereira@icmpe.cnrs.fr tél : +33 1 49 78 12 79) Laboratory : Institute of Chemistry and Materials Paris East, UMR CNRS-UPEC 7182 ICMPE : 2-8 rue Henri Dunant 94320 Thiais, http://www.icmpe.cnrs.fr Financial support : French Minister of Research and University PhD grant application (june 2010) in the SIE doctoral school of University Paris East (http://www.univ-paris-est.fr) . (open to european students and non europeans with a european master degree) Description : Mixed Lithium-Transition Metals Nitrides, Li3-nxMxN, with M=Co, Ni ou Cu, n=1 or 2 (depending on the transition métal oxydation state)) and x varying from 0.1 to 0.45 form a new class of potential high capacity negative électrode materials. The reversibility of lithium insertion in these materials implies highly disordered structures with a high vacancy ratio. Thus, classical laboratory tools such as medium resolution powder diffraction and Raman scattering are unable to give a complete description of the local structure around the metallic sites. Following our first and recent XAFS measurements on static samples at Synchrotron SOLEIL, the study of these materials must be completed by a dynamic study in-operando, both by XAFS and by high resolution X-ray powder diffraction with the new tools developped on the 3rd generation Synchrotron facilities.

Data Analysis Scientist, Diamond Light Source, posted 15 March 2010

We need a software specialist with combination scientific data analysis experience and knowledge of modern object oriented software techniques to help us build world leading applications for Diamond Light Source users to analyse and visualize their data.. You will have the opportunity to play an important role together with our strong team of software engineers and scientists and a large library of in-house software to make Diamond one of the foremost scientific facilities in the world for the consistency, coherence and capability of its software solutions.

For details, see http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/Jobs/Current/DIA0551-TH.html

PhD Opportunity at GFZ Potsdam, Germany, posted 6 February, 2010

Helmholtzzentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Sektion 3.3 "Chemistry and Physics of Geomaterials", in cooperation with the Department of Mineralogy, Univ. Münster, invites applications for a DFG funded Project by PhD students. In the frame of this project the influence of the coordination of trace elements in silicate melts on element distribution processes in magmatic systems will be investigated. The coordination of trace elements (e.g. Lanthanides) in silicate melts will be mainly characterised by X-ray spectroscopic methods (XAFS, XANES, EXAFS, RIXS). These measurements will be performed at national and international synchrotron radiation sources.

Tasks: synthesis of melts and glasses, chemical characterisation of synthesis products; X-ray spectroscopic measurements with synchrotron radiation; Analysis of spectra, numerical simulation of spectra; comparison to results from molecular dynamic simulations; correlation of results with crystal-melt element partitioning data.

Qualifications: Diploma/master in mineralogy, geosciences, physics, chemistry or material sciences; experience and interest for experimental work, practical skills, ability for self-contained work organisation; possibly experience with computer-based data analysis (XAFS data); optionally experience with atomistic, numerical simulations

Start: as soon as possible; Duration: 3 years Salary: EG 13 TVöD 50% (ca. 1550 EUR before deduction of taxes etc.)

Infos: PrivDoz. Max Wilke (0331 2881415, max@gfz-potsdam.de ) Prof. Stephan Klemme (0251 8333047, stephan.klemme@uni-muenster.de ) Applications by snail-mail or e-mail: Dr. M. Wilke Helmholtzzentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Sektion 3.3 Telegrafenberg 14473 Potsdam max@gfz-potsdam.de

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Missouri State University in Materials in Extreme Environments, posted 15 January, 2010

Missouri State University is accepting applications for a POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (Studies of Materials in Extreme Environments) for the Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science Department in the Center for Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree). Responsibilities are focused on the investigation of metal speciation and complexation, solubility and dissolution of metal oxides, and physical and chemical properties of metal oxide nanostructured materials and glasses (oxides and silicates) in supercritical aqueous fluids; the study of materials in supercritical aqueous fluids, under extremes of temperature and pressure, at the atomic to micrometer scale; extensive use of x-ray absorption (EXAFS and XANES) and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopies; micro x-ray diffraction and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. EFree is a nation-wide DOE-funded center, with participants from nine universities, six national laboratories, and one non-governmental laboratory, involved in fundamental research on materials in extreme environments that is vital to addressing twenty-first century energy needs.

For required qualifications please go to: http://www.missouristate.edu/jobs or call (417) 836-4683. Excellent Benefit Package. This is a limited term appointment for two-years. Salary: $34,000/ann. Please submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, online application, research statement, copy of transcripts, & name, address & phone number of three professional references by 1-22-10. Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense. AA/EOE.

For more information please contact: Dr. Robert A. Mayanovic, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, 901 S. National, Springfield, MO 65897. Phone: (417) 836-5606 Email: <RobertMayanovic@MissouriState.edu>

Scientist, X-ray Spectroscopy at DESY, Hamburg location, posted 12 November, 2009

The position
* Participation in the scientific work at X-ray spectroscopy beamlines
  • Support of international user groups using X-ray absorption or fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Possibility to develop own independent and collaborative research
  • Further improvement of the experimental setup
  • Conception and implementation of new methods and instrumentation
Requirements
* Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, mineralogy or related field
  • Proven experience with X-ray spectroscopy methods (X-ray absorption or fluorescence) using synchrotron radiation
  • Good experimental skills and interest in instrumentation development
  • Team ability and very good English language skills

Full details, see the job listing at: http://www.desy.de/v2/docs/1257511440-e.pdf

Postdoctoral Position, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, posted October 7, 2009.

The Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of synchrotron based methods (X-ray computed microtomography, micro x-ray diffraction, micro-XAFS, total scattering) for characterizing precipitates formed in biofilms. Additional experience in inorganic chemistry, crystallography/mineralogy, and aquatic geochemistry along with some expertise in electron microscopy would be beneficial. The successful candidate will have to work with microbial live cultures. Requirements include a Ph.D. in chemistry, geochemistry, or a related field, excellent laboratory skills, written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work well in a group and to prepare manuscripts for publication in a timely fashion is essential.

The position is for 1 year with a potential extension of 6 months depending upon availability of funding and performance. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and a list of three references (with telephone numbers and email addresses). Application materials must be submitted to Prof. Jean-François Gaillard, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3109, Tel: (847) 467-1376 Email: <jf-gaillard@northwestern.edu>

Review of applications will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Position, Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, posted 22 September, 2009

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University has an opening for a postdoctoral position. As a participant in the Center for Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree), the selected candidate will collaborate with Prof. Robert Mayanovic and other scientists within the center to investigate metal speciation and complexation, solubility and dissolution of metal oxides, and physical and chemical properties of metal oxide nanostructured materials and glasses (oxides and silicates) in supercritical aqueous fluids. The candidate will contribute to studies of materials in supercritical aqueous fluids, under extremes of temperature and pressure, at the atomic to micrometer scale. Extensive use of x-ray absorption (EXAFS and XANES) and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopies will be made for this work, but use of other synchrotron techniques such as micro x-ray diffraction and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism is also anticipated. Full knowledge of XAS techniques and use of synchrotron x-ray radiation for experimental work is desired. EFree is a nation-wide DOE-funded center, with participants from 9 universities, 6 national laboratories, and 1 non-governmental laboratory, involved in fundamental research on materials in extreme environments that is vital to addressing twenty-first century energy needs.

Candidates must have recently received a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Physical or Inorganic Chemistry, Geochemistry, Mineral Physics, or related field from an accredited college or university. The ideal candidate must be self-directed, creative and self-motivated, and be able to show initiative. This is a limited term employment position with a two-year appointment. Candidates should submit a detailed CV, contact information of three references, and a research statement. Evaluation of candidates will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information please contact:

Robert A. Mayanovic, Professor Department of Physics, Astronomy & Materials Science Missouri State University Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: (417) 836-5606 , Email: (<RobertMayanovic AT MissouriState DOT edu>).

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center postdoctoral opportunity, posted 18 September, 2009

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position working in the area of local crystal and electronic structures of lanthanide and actinide intermetallics and organometallics. Research will focus on XAFS and PDF studies of radiation damage effects in plutonium binary intermetallics, in addition to the PuCoGa5 superconductor. Other possible related focus areas include studying the relationship between disorder and magnetic behavior in lanthanide and actinide materials, and exploring homogeneous mixed valence and valence transitions in lanthanide organometallics. Other x-ray absorption techniques will be utilized for measuring certain electronic properties.

We are seeking candidates who have a Ph.D. (within the last 3 years) in experimental condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. Experience in a local structure technique, while not essential, is preferred. To apply, see the full posting at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=23539&p=1. Please contact Dr. Corwin Booth (<chbooth AT lbl DOT gov>) if you have any further questions.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics Department, Yeshiva University posted July 16, 2009

In September 2009, Prof. Anatoly Frenkel's group at the Physics Department of Yeshiva University in New York City will have an opening for a postdoctoral research associate position that will be funded for three years. PhD in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science is required. Additional requirement is hands-on experience with nanomaterial synthesis and in situ characterization techniques that include spectroscopy (XAFS, IR, Raman), x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy (HRTEM, HAADF-STEM, EELS). Prior experience with in situ catalyst characterization is a plus. The postdoc will support the ongoing nanomaterials research projects which include multi-technique, in situ characterization of nanoparticles, Quick XAFS experiments, development of new, combined catalysis characterization methods, and design of in situ reactor cells. He or she will be stationed at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and work closely with BNL departments (Chemistry and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials) as well as the outside collaborators which include University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Pittsburgh. The research will be performed under the direction of Prof. Anatoly Frenkel (http://www.yu.edu/faculty/afrenkel) primarily at the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (http://www.yu.edu/scc) at the National Synchrotron Light Source. Applicants should forward cover letter and CV, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Anatoly Frenkel at <anatoly DOT frenkel AT yu DOT edu>. Yeshiva University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium at Brookhaven National Laboratory posted July 16, 2009

In September 2009, Prof. Jingguang Chen's group at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Delaware will have an opening for a postdoctoral research associate position. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of a second year upon mutual agreement and funding availability. The postdoc will be stationed at the National Synchrotron Light Source and help develop catalysis science program at the recently upgraded (for combined XAFS/XRD operations) beamline X18A. PhD in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science is required. Additional requirement is hands-on experience in developing synchrotron instrumentation for XAFS and XRD, relevant control systems and working knowledge of UNIX. Prior experience with catalysis research is a plus.

The postdoc will support and advance new catalysis user program at this beamline that currently includes combined (XAFS and XRD) characterization of nanocatalysts under reaction conditions. The postdoc will participate in the ongoing upgrade of the beamline to perform Quick XAFS experiments, and in design of the in situ and operando reactor cells. Opportunities to run an independent research program in collaboration with the beamline users will be available. He or she will be stationed in Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and work closely with BNL departments (Chemistry and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials). The research will be performed at the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (http://www.yu.edu/scc) at the National Synchrotron Light Source under the direction of Prof. Anatoly Frenkel. Applicants should forward cover letter and CV, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Jingguang Chen at <jgchen AT udel DOT edu>

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences St. Francis Xavier University posted July 16, 2009

The Hydrothermal Research Laboratory at St. Francis Xavier University has an opening for a postdoctoral position starting Jan 2010. The selected candidate will collaborate with scientists to describe solvent/solute structure in fluids under extreme conditions, and to determine the solubility of various transition metal oxides in supercritical water. The candidate will contribute to molecular-level studies of solute/solvent interactions, clustering, ion-pair formation, and hydrogen bonding occurring under extremes of temperature, concentration and pH. The primary spectroscopic technique involves x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, coupled with theoretical methods such as molecular dynamics calculations in order to test and refine structural models of these systems. A primary responsibility of the candidate will be the application of x-ray absorption (XAFS) spectroscopy to in situ studies of solute/solvent structure under extreme conditions. Knowledge of XAFS techniques is desired spanning the range from spectral acquisition to data reduction. This research is aimed primarily at understanding supercritical water chemistry in Generation IV CANDU reactors and natural hydrothermal systems.

Candidates must have received a PhD in Physical Chemistry, Chemical or Experimental Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, or Geochemistry within the past five years from an accredited college or university.

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently. Meeting attendance and preparation of publications is expected. Specific experience with XAFS data analysis programs is desired. This is a limited term employment position with a two-year appointment.

For more information please contact Prof. Alan J. Anderson <aanderso AT stfx DOT ca>

Tel: 902-867-2309

Postdoctoral Research Associate at CARS / University of Chicago posted 3 June, 2009

The Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS) at the University of Chicago is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with GeoSoilEnviroCARS in the area of the structures and properties of mineral surfaces in the presence of water. The program is focused on studying mineral/water interfaces at the atomic scale using third generation synchrotron radiation. Applicants with experience in synchrotron radiation techniques and/or surface diffraction methods are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research, develop techniques and instrumentation, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and collaborate with and assist users at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). Experience in the following areas is also desirable: crystallography, instrument design and control, and software development. A recent Ph.D (within the previous four years) in earth science, environmental science, physics, chemistry, or a related field and the ability to satisfy DOE requirements for access to Argonne National Laboratory is required. The position will be for two years with possible renewal for an additional year and is available starting summer of 2009.

Qualified candidates should send by email attachment a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, publication list and email addresses for three references to Dr. Peter J. Eng (<eng AT cars DOT uchicago DOT edu>) and Dr. Stephen Sutton (<sutton AT cars DOT uchicago DOT edu>). Review of materials will begin immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Post-doctoral fellowship at The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France) posted 12 May, 2009

The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France) is seeking a motivated candidate for a one-year funded (2050 €/month) postdoctoral position with a strong background in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS).

In collaboration with scientists at ESRF, the successful candidate will be involved in the interpretation of XANES and EXAFS data in order to unravel the speciation of U(VI) and Pu(IV) in solutions containing either environmentally-relevant or biological well-defined organic ligands.

The following points are considered mandatory:

Additional Information can be found at http://www.icmub.fr/

Please send your application including a CV, list of publications and at least 3 references to Dr. Michel MEYER. <mmeyer AT u DASH bourgogne DOT fr>

Doctoral Student Position at The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) posted 16 February, 2009

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) invite applications for a job opening at the research assistant/Ph.D. level in the following project:

Quantitative micro-imaging of trace elements in heterogeneous systems

. As part of PSI, the microXAS beamline project at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) is developing and operating a x-ray microprobe facility dedicated to spatially resolved investigations of materials, biological matter, and chemical environments using hard rays. In close cooperation with the research group of Trace Element and Micro Analysis at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the successful candidate will actively participate in the development of analytical techniques and methods allowing new insights and improved understanding of micro-scale characterization of natural rocks and its effect on the diffusive transport of trace elements in geo-materials.

  • The work involves the application of state-of-the-art micro-analytical instrumentation (micro laser ablation mass spectrometry, micro-X-ray spectrometry), combined with laboratory- and field-scale diffusion measurements. The scientific contribution is expected to yield improved fundamental knowledge towards quantitative micro-imaging of trace elements within heterogeneous systems.
    The experimental research will be carried out at both institutions PSI and ETHZ Hoenggerberg. For the academic education the candidate will follow courses at the ETHZ doctoral school. The successful candidate will receive his/her PhD degree at the ETHZ (principle supervisor: Prof. Dr. D. Günther, ETHZ).
    For further information please contact: Dr. Daniel Grolimund, Phone +41 (0)56 310 47 82, <daniel DOT grolimund AT psi DOT ch>

Beamline Scientist, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), The University of Chicago, posted 3 May, 2008

University of Chicago Job Requistion # 079054

The Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS) of the University of Chicago has a Beamline Scientist position available at the GeoSoilEnviroCARS (GSECARS) synchrotron research facility at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory, in Argonne, Illinois. This full-time position requires a Ph.D. in geology, environmental science, chemistry, physics or a related field and synchrotron radiation experience applying x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray fluorescence techniques in earth and environmental science research. The successful candidate will (1) conduct research on the chemical properties of earth and environmental materials using large sample instruments and x-ray microprobes; (2) participate in the development of analytical instrumentation and techniques; and (3) provide partial support for and collaborate with scientific users from the earth and environmental communities who conduct research using the GSECARS synchrotron beamlines. The successful candidate will have excellent relevant computer, organizational, verbal and written communication skills, and must be able to work effectively both independently and as a team member. Candidates must be able to satisfy requirements for access to Argonne National Laboratory.

Applications must be made on-line (Apply for this Position) and include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research interests, and list of publications, along with three professional references. This posting will be closed when the position is filled.

The University of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

PhD student: Analysis of the inhomogeneous corrosion product deposition on fuel pin surfaces, posted 13 February, 2008

PhD position at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen Switzerland, an autonomous institution to the Swiss ETH

Your task
* Characterise the local crystallography, composition and structure of the corrosion product deposition layer (CRUD) on Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) fuel rods by EPMA, µ-XAS, µ-XRD and SEM
  • Evaluate the experimental findings based on plant water chemistry data, additional available fuel pin information and thermodynamical GEM-calculations
  • Carry-out a PhD-thesis on the above mentioned topics, including publication of the results in peer reviewed journals

See http://pa.web.psi.ch/pages/offenestellen/d/index_offenestellen.php?id=978&was=stelle

Position available within the Molecular Environmental Science Group at Argonne National Laboratory, posted 28 September 2007

The Molecular Environmental Science Group in the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory has an immediate opening for an Assistant Physicist. This position is responsible for conducting research in environmental science by using synchrotron-based X-ray techniques. Work includes construction and operation of the MRCAT/EnviroCAT bending magnet and insertion device beam lines at sector 10 at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), X-ray absorption studies, X-ray scattering, and X-ray microprobe techniques to gain a microscopic understanding of the fundamental chemical and physical processes that govern the outcome of macroscopic processes in the environment. Assists Molecular Environmental Science general users of the APS during the experiments at the APS. Also assists Molecular Environmental Science Group Leader to develop a national users` group for applying synchrotron-based techniques to problems in environmental science.

Considerable knowledge of experimental X-ray absorption spectroscopy, including extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS), X-ray near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) is required. Considerable skill in the operation of experimental equipment necessary for these and analysis and interpretation of these experiments is required. Good knowledge of X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques and the associated instrumentation. Good knowledge of potential applications of X-ray techniques to the outstanding problems in environmental science. These levels of knowledge and skills are typically achieved by attainment of a Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline and 2-4 years of Postdoctoral experience applying synchrotron-based X-ray techniques to problems in environmental science. Ph.D. and 0-1 year experience/equivalent Master's Degree and 2-3 years of experience/equivalent Bachelor's Degree and 6-8 years experience/equivalent.

Although a staff level research scientist position is available, outstanding applicants at the postdoctoral level will also be considered.

Interested candidates should send a detailed CV, along with a list of publications, and the names and addresses of three references through the Argonne web site at http://www.anl.gov/jobs for requisition number 312365 BIO. Argonne is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC.

Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce.


Beamline Scientist / Scientist positions at the Australian Synchrotron : posted 15-Aug-2007

A number of Beamline Scientist / Scientist (10) and Beamline Scientific Support (4) positions have just been advertised at the Australian Synchrotron. Two positions are related to the XAFS beamline. I encourage you to spread this advertisement far and wide and encourage suitable persons to apply.

Further details are available here:

http://www.synchrotron.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=125

or contact <chris DOT glover AT NOSPAM synchrotron DOT vic DOT gov DOT au>


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dijon France : posted 16-May-2007

The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France) is seeking a motivated candidate for a one-year funded postdoctoral position with a strong background in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS).

In collaboration with the Rossendorf Beamline scientists at ESRF, the successful candidate will be involved both in the acquisition and interpretation of XANES and EXAFS data in order to unravel the coordination scheme of U(VI), Pu(IV) and Eu(III) on surface-modified mesoporous hybrid materials obtained by covalent grafting of functionalized macrocyclic ligands onto silica gel. These materials have found applications as solid/liquid extracting agents of actinides in an ultrapufication process of radioactive wastewaters.

The following points are considered mandatory:

Additional Information can be found at http://www.icmub.fr/. Please send your application including a CV, list of publications and at least 3 references to:


Post-Doctoral Fellow (m/f) for Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy on ESRF Beamline ID26, Grenoble, France

The high-brilliance beamline ID26 is dedicated to X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy. It aims at studying the electronic structure and local coordination in systems that are relevant to applied sciences (materials science, coordination chemistry, (bio)catalysis, mineralogy and geology,…). The beamline is currently constructing a new instrument for X-ray emission spectroscopy (to be commissioned in spring 2008) that will give a wide range of research possibilities.

THE FUNCTION: You will be encouraged and supported to develop your own research programs, which should exploit the excellent beamline capabilities. We encourage applications from candidates with interest in time-resolved spectroscopies. You will also participate in collaborative research programs, the operation, upgrade and maintenance of the instruments and activities involving external users.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: You must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Geology or a related field. Very good skills in instrumentation (e.g. X-ray instrumentation, LASER, …) and previous research related to electronic structure analysis are essential.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Further information on the post can be obtained from Pieter GLATZEL (email: glatzel@esrf.fr ). Please visit http://www.esrf.fr/Jobs/Research/PDID26-2

Ref. PDID26-2 - Deadline for returning application forms: 22 October 2007

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