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Post Doctoral Research Associate

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We now have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated scientific programmer to join the Diamond DIALS (Diffraction Integration for Advanced Light Sources) development team as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on a 3 year fixed term basis. DIALS is breaking the mould in the analysis of diffraction data by being the first highly collaborative and fully open source initiative in this field of research. DIALS is a leading software toolkit in use at many labs and synchrotron facilities worldwide. This role will work on the development of algorithms and code to enhance the performance and usability of DIALS in the area of X-ray and electron serial crystallography and code optimization for high performance operation. The successful candidate will join a dedicated development team of scientists and programmers working on cutting edge data analysis techniques for X-ray, electron and neutron crystallography, towards the goal of a unified analysis of serial snapshot and rotation diffraction. You will actively support a culture of open development. The role will involve close interactions with DIALS team members at Diamond and CCP4, and other close collaborators around the world. The position offers opportunities to travel to both UK and international conferences and workshops to present new results and to tutor students and researchers in the best use of DIALS, as well as to participate in experiments at other international facilities such as the European XFEL in Hamburg. The DIALS team works closely with staff and users of other Diamond facilities such as the X-ray beamlines, the XFEL-Hub, the electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) and the Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL), creating exciting opportunities for you to engage and participate in cutting edge experimental work by offering the very latest in data analysis methodology.

You will hold a first degree in Science and an appropriate PhD.

You will demonstrate experience in algorithm and software development and experience in object-oriented programming.

Experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • Linux style operating systems;
  • Synchrotron or XFEL based research, especially serial crystallography;
  • At least one of the following techniques: X-ray / electron crystallography, diffraction or imaging;
  • X-ray or electron source instrumentation and detectors;

You will display good communication and interpersonal skills to interact with staff and facility users at all levels.


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