Accessibility Tools

Job details

Research Associate: Imaging Volcanic Processes on a Synchrotron
Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job reference: S&E-10519

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/09/2017

Salary: £31,604 to £38,833 per annum according to experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: X-Ray Imaging

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2018

A unique rig has been developed for replicating magma flows whilst performing 4D (3D plus time) synchrotron tomographic imaging by Prof. Lee (Manchester) in collaboration with Prof’s Lavallée (Liverpool) and Holness (Cambridge), funded by NERC. You will use image analysis to quantify data from world unique synchrotron experiments to help answer key questions in volcanology.

You will be based at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire at the Research Complex at Harwell (, where the UK’s Synchrotron Light Source, Diamond (, is located. You will be working closely with the groups at Liverpool and Cambridge, where more conventional analysis will be performed. Your role will be to perform in situ experiments and their analysis, quantifying the time-resolved 3D images via the application of existing and ideally developing new, image processing and modelling techniques. You will be working as part of a team of PDRAs, two with volcanology backgrounds and others with strong experience in tomography and image analysis.

Prof. Lee’s group focuses on developing and using in situ 4D visualization to key challenges in materials science, geology and other fields. You will help on other beamtimes and will be working closely with other PDRAs who are applying synchrotron imaging to study a range of systems from biomedical applications to solidification of superalloys for aeroengine applications.

You will need to show a high level of initiative and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently. You should have a relevant PhD, or equivalent research experience, good team-working skills, and a strong command of English. You should have experience in image analysis, ideally of time dependent 3D datasets. Previous use of synchrotron X-ray tomography is advantageous.

You will interact with a wide range of academics from Manchester, other universities, and industrial researchers from around the world, and will be expected to regularly travel to Manchester and the Industrial Collaborators.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Peter Lee


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

Further Particulars


The closing date for this job has now passed.