Experienced Researcher in Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction for a new in-situ growth installation at ALBA light source

X-ray diffraction during ultrafast growth of high temperature superconductors: A new challenging project at Alba synchrotron light source

The project consists of designing, building, commissioning and exploiting a new experimental set up devoted to fast thin film growth while acquiring simultaneously diffraction data. It will operate at the NCD-SWEET beamline of ALBA light source (Cerdanyola del Valles , Barcelona). The installation should enable to evaluate ultrafast (~100 ms/frame) crystallization processes during heating ramps of few degrees per second under controlled and reduced atmospheres with a fast 2D XRD detector in a 3 axis goniometer equipped with an XZ stage. The system will be also equipped with a residual gas analysis mass spectrometer and an in-situ conductivity measurement. The samples to be analysed are high temperature superconducting films deposited by chemical solution deposition and grown through the high throughput Transient Liquid Assisted Growth (TLAG) process [1] for the energy transition, though the installation should be open to other materials interests. The project will also explore the in-situ growth combinatorial experiments with compositional gradients deposited by ink-jet printing [2], for their evaluation using machine learning algorithms.

The project is a collaboration between the Superconducting Materials Groups at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the NCD-SWEET beamline at ALBA synchrotron light source. The research work will be carried out at Alba premises and the successful candidate will become a beamline researcher of NCD-SWEET beamline. He/she will also participate in the activities of maintenance and upgrade of the beamline instrumentation and will have access to additional in-house beam time allocated to the project described above.

The project aims to engage a skilled researcher with experience in synchrotron hard X-ray diffraction and/or surfaces scattering (GIWAXS) with interest in in-situ fast acquisition processes and evaluation of combinatorial samples. He/she will be the Experiment Operator.

Visit these sites for additional information:

[1] Nature Communications, 11, 344 (2020) (doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13791-1)
[2] ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 9101−9112 (doi/10.1021/acsami.0c18014)

Required Experience/skills:

– Experience in synchrotron radiation instrumentation and applications
– Experience in XRD (GIWAXS) and 2D detectors
– Experience in assembling instrumentation (furnaces with controlled atmosphere, vacuumpumps, electro valve systems, mass spectrometers, mass flows, etc.)
– High knowledge of Python programming and scientific equipment automation
– Familiar with crystal growth
– High level of written/spoken English
– High motivation and communication skills

Selection process:

Candidates should send their CV and reference letters to: hr_suman@icmab.es.

The recruitment process will be closed when a suitable candidate is found.

Incorporation will be in less than 2 months after candidate selection. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The project duration is two years with possibilities of extension.

Research Fields:

– Crystallography
– Crystal growth
– Materials science
– Combinatorial chemistry for Machine Learning
– Superconducting materials

Career Stage

Experienced researcher with PhD in chemistry, material science or physics

Contact Person:

Prof. Teresa Puig

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC Campus UAB, Bellaterra, Spain


Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona ICMAB CSIC


Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 801 853 ext 371