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Research Associate in f-block X-ray Spectroscopy
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016907

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/11/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Chemistry

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 03 January 2022 until 02 January 2025

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applicants are invited to pursue a three-year postdoctoral appointment within the research group of Dr Michael L. Baker at the University of Manchester. This exciting project will apply modern synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy techniques to measure and advance understanding of actinide electronic structure, bonding and magnetism. The project will involve the use of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements performed at Diamond Light Source, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and Synchrotron Soleil. The selected candidates’ responsibilities will involve the management of experiment proposals and beamtime, including the handling air sensitive actinide samples for measurement and leading experiments in collaboration with facility staff and other research group members. Data analysis and interpretation will involve the application and development of the latest theoretical methods.

Previous experience with X-ray absorption, XMCD or RIXS is desired. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in applying DFT, CASSCF or atomic multiplet theory for the rationalization of electronic structure and simulation of X-ray spectra. You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics or a closely related subject.  This project provides an opportunity to acquire leading expertise in the rapidly developing area of high energy resolution X-ray spectroscopies.

The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Name: Dr Michael L. Baker


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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