School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Associate: Imaging Volcanic Processes
on a Synchrotron

Harwell, Oxfordshire
£31,604 - £38,833 per annum according to experience
Ref: S&E-10519

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:

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Closing date: 16 September 2017 at midnight.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from men and the black and minority ethnic (BME) community, who are both currently under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

posted: 21 August 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.