About the role
The Natural History Museum houses one of the world's most significant mineral collections and has been undertaking mineralogical X-ray crystallography for 85 years. Aligned with these is an extensive X-ray diffraction laboratory offering a range of single-crystal, powder, micro-diffraction and dynamic in situ capabilities. The Mineral Sciences Group forms part of the Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division which facilitates a range of research, collection and outreach activities built upon extensive collaboration and expertise sharing.
The Mineralogical Crystallographer will develop a research group that explores the fundamental properties and building blocks of minerals at the atomic scale. Dist inctive research programs aligned with the NHM Science Strategy will be developed that determine mineral properties, behaviour, systematics, and functionality in order to explore their influence on geological, planetary and surface systems. The successful candidate will support their research group by securing external research funding, taking an active role within the NHM doctoral training programs, and extensive collaborations with other research groups, both within the NHM and externally.
You will have an extensive understanding of crystallography, crystal-chemistry and mineral physics. You will have demonstrable experience in solving and refining crystal structures, and significant practical experience with single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction instruments.
You will demonstrate the ability to develop and lead mineral science research associated with geological, planetary and/or environmental systems, in addition to securing research gran ts and managing externally funded research projects.
The Mineralogical Crystallographer will play a key role in driving new NHM science initiatives and the successful candidate must be able to collaborate effectively with other science groups.
Closing Date: 9am, 6 April 2021
Interviews expected week commencing 19 April 2021
Salary: £37,243 - £47,392 per annum