Electron Beam Microanalyst, EUROPLANET

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

The Museum's 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extract ion of natural resources.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

The EUROPLANET project is a joint research activity that is a collaboration between the Natural History Museum, the University of Kent, and Bruker Nano GmbH, funded by the EC Europlanet 2024 Infrastructure Project. It will involve the characterisation of a new set of microanalysis reference materials for platinum group element (PGE) metal alloys; a group of elements which are particularly significant for planetary science research.

The aim of the project is to enable the quant itative analysis at sub-micrometre resolution by low voltage field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with an annular Bruker FlatQuad energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). It is expected that the project will lead to at least one presentation at a conference and to a peer-reviewed paper. Within this project, you will have the opportunity to lead cutting edge instrument methodology development, under the guidance of instrument specialists and researchers.

As part of the Europlanet 2024 team, you will also have the opportunity to participate in team meetings with the broader aim of strengthening planetary science research in Europe.

About you

You will have a PhD in geoscience, materials science or a related topic, and will be skilled in electron beam microanalysis with the ability to communicate scientific results in written form and in presentations
You will also be a natural team player and work well in a team environment.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 January 2021

Interviews expected w/c 1st Feb

To apply, please visit https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/ OR click the "Apply Now" button below.

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