[20130930] Beam-line Scientist and Engineer Positions at Elettra, Italian Synchrotron source, Trieste, Italy

Two beam-lines dedicated to high pressure x-ray diffraction and Macromolecular Crystallographic studies are being commissioned at the Elettra synchrotron source in Trieste, Italy, as a part of an Indo-Italian collaboration funded by the Department of Science and Technology on the Indian side.

These beam-lines presently have three openings at the level of beam-line scientists and engineers and we seek applications from suitable Indian candidates for these positions.

The applicants should have backgrounds in x-ray diffraction and structural studies. Expertise in macromolecular crystallography and/or high pressure crystallographic studies including a working knowledge of diamond anvil cells is desirable. Prior experience in instrumentation and data analysis will be considered as an advantage. Familiarity with computer programming and interest and knowledge in instrumentation and software packages like such as MATLAB, LABVIEW, PYTHON, EPICS etc. would be added assets.

Selected candidates will be expected to assist in the commissioning of the beam-lines, installation of end-stations, carry out test experiments and later provide support to users at the beam lines. The compensation package is highly attractive for suitable candidates with the possibility of yearly visit to India, higher than the average salary structure as well as the possibility of having synchrotron beamtime to run one's own research program.

Candidates below the age of 35 years would be preferred. For the post of beam-line scientist, the candidate should have a doctoral degree in physics, chemistry, earth sciences, any branches of life sciences or any other relevant or related field. For the post of beam-line engineer, the candidate with either BTech/ MSc physics or MSc Chemistry may apply. Both the posts would prefer a work experience at synchrotron beam-lines and/or high-pressure laboratories and an outstanding R & D record.

Interested candidates should apply within three weeks of the publication of this advertisement, sending a detailed CV, along with a list of publications, and the names and addresses of three references to the following address:

Prof. D. D. Sarma
Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560012.
Email: sarma@sscu.iisc.ernet.in & sarma.dd@gmail.com