Research Associate in Materials Characterisation

University of York
November 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:£36,024 - £44,263
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Research Associate in Materials Characterisation


School of Physics, Engineering and Technology


£36,024 - £44,263 per year


Grade 6

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Fixed term

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  • Role Description Department

    The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology brings physicists and engineers together to push the frontiers of knowledge, foster innovation and meet the grand challenges facing society. Our aim is to deliver world-leading research in both fundamental and applied areas whilst developing new technologies that work for the public good, in an environment where everyone can thrive.

    As a School, equality, diversity, and inclusion are central to our culture and we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups and offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. We are proud to hold Juno Champion and Athena Swan bronze awards, which recognise our commitment to creating an equitable and fully inclusive environment in which staff and students can thrive. We aim to inspire young people to engage with science and engineering through our outreach work.

    In this role you will work with teams within the school who specialise in materials characterisation and high-pressure physics. Specifically, you will work on data sets which explore the microstructural response of materials to dynamic laser-driven compression via in-situ x-ray diffraction.


    You will undertake analysis of 2d x-ray diffraction data taken by an international collaboration of researchers at the European XFEL's High Energy Density instrument. This data explores the textural evolution of samples undergoing laser-driven shock wave compression with the aim of identifying phase transition mechanisms under extreme loading. You will also undertake pre-characterisation of material texture to aid in interpretation of the data. There may be additional opportunities to work on experiments at X-ray free electron lasers.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

    You will have:

  • A PhD in condensed matter physics, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge in X-ray diffraction based characterisation of materials to engage in high quality research
  • The ability to analyse complex data sets using computational approaches
  • The ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Interview date: TBC

    For informal enquiries please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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