Senior Research Technician (106719-1122) . Job Reference: 1889134

University of Warwick
December 19, 2022
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed-term contract
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Vacancy Type/Job category



Research Technology Platform

Sub Department

X-ray Diffraction Research Technology Platform (XRD RTP)


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 3 years (1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025), 36.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE).

We are seeking an experienced crystallographer to support the establishment of a national facility for structural solution by electron diffraction in close partnership with the University of Southampton. This project has been funded by the EPSRC to install the first two dedicated electron diffractometers in the UK and to make the technique available to users nationally (EP/X014606/1, https: //

Applicants should have knowledge of either electron or X-ray diffraction for structural solution to support establishing, developing and running the facility in conjunction with the University of Southampton, National Crystallography Service (NCS) and instrument manufacturer. At Warwick, the electron diffractometer will be part of the X-ray diffraction Research Technology Platform, and you will work alongside an experienced team that includes the RTP manager Dr David Walker; our microscopy expert, Professor Richard Beanland; Professor Richard Walton, director of the XRD RTP, and Professor Simon Coles at Southampton. The post will involve technique development; running external academic and industrial user samples (including communication with users/clients, assessment of jobs, data collection, report writing); training of internal users (postdoctoral and PhD researchers) and day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of the new electron diffractometer instrument. The post will provide the opportunity to work with top researchers on a range of projects, examining a range of new materials from molecular substances to extended solids, and testing novel sample environments.

The XRD RTP at Warwick is one of the leading centres for X-ray scattering in the UK, and supports internal research across the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine at Warwick, as well as external users from other universities and industry. The facility has grown significantly over the last few years and now has thirteen instruments covering all aspects of laboratory X-ray diffraction, associated scattering techniques, and spectroscopic analysis. As well as extensive instrumentation for crystallographic analysis, this includes small angle X-ray scattering, X-ray fluorescence and X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

The EM-RTP is a very well-equipped central facility providing all types of electron microscopy to the Warwick research community, as well as external academic and commercial users. The electron diffractometer will be hosted in the microscopy suite, enabling complementary EM studies and transfer of EM methods and expertise to the diffraction work.

More information on our facilities can be found on our website (www. or contact the facility manager, David Walker ( for informal enquiries.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To support the work of the XRD RTP in industrial work (including communication with customers, assessment of jobs, data collection, report writing), in training of internal users (postdoctoral and PhD researchers) and in day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting.


(1) To assist the PI / RTP Manager in using and developing the new Electron Diffractometer instrument (ED) for structural solution within the XRD RTP: to include training of local users, assisting, or doing work for, external academic users, writing protocols and instrument calibration.

(2) To lead the technique development on the ED instrument under the guidance and direction of the PI, Dr David Walker, and Co-I, Richard Beanland. This includes studying new types of samples, data collection methods, implementation of novel sample environments and investigation of dynamical diffraction.

(3) To liaise with project partners including University of Southampton / National Crystallography Service to undertake external academic collaborations and industrial contract work using the ED instrument. Processing this work: to include assessment and costing of jobs, data collection, interpretation of results, report writing and communication with external users.

(4) Day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of the ED instrument within the XRD RTP. Liaising with the instrument manufacturer as necessary.

(5) In collaboration with the PI, Co-Is and the project partners, to organise ED training workshops and teaching as necessary. Working towards achieving the key outcomes of the grant.

(6) Remain up to date with the latest developments in Electron Diffraction and related X-ray methods.

(7) To maintain the laboratory and equipment as a safe working environment for themselves and others in accordance with University Safety and Radiation Safety policies.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

PhD or equivalent experience in an appropriate materials science discipline (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Engineering) or equivalent experience. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

A strong record and experience of crystallography and single-crystal structural solution by electron and/or X-ray diffraction methods. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

A strong record of practical experience of analytical methods is essential, in particular of electron and/or X-ray data analysis. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

The postholder will need excellent communication skills, and scientific report writing skills (as evidenced by scientific publications, for example). (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Knowledge of software for structural refinement and solution (e.g., ShelX, Olex2, CrysAlisPro) is essential (as evidenced by scientific publications, for example). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

The postholder will be expected to handle several projects simultaneously and will need to demonstrate efficient time-management skills. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

An understanding of when to escalate the problem to the PI / RTP Manager is also essential. (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Additional qualifications or training in X-ray and Electron Microscopy / Diffraction techniques or facility best practice would be desirable. (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of sample preparation for TEM is desirable. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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Closing Date

19 Dec 2022

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