Junior Scientist

ALBA Synchrotron

ALBA is the Spanish synchrotron light source, a large research infrastructure operating ten beamlines, complementary facilities, and an Electron Microscopy Center, this last in partnership with other institutions. Currently constructing multiple more beamlines, expanding the Electron Microscopy Center, and integrating advanced data analytics, it sums up a wide range of infrastructures geared toward finding solutions to societal challenges.

Located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), it is funded by the Spanish Government (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación) and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Recerca i Universitats). The synchrotron light produced by 3 GeV electrons is used by thousands of researchers to analyse and understand the properties and functionality of matter, spanning a wide variety of fields, such as catalytic research, health, energy production/storage, environmental research, communication technologies, or cultural heritage.

Our highly motivated staff works in a multidisciplinary work environment with an atmosphere formed by lived diversity, inclusion and respect for our colleagues. One of the goals of our gender equality plan is to reach parity within the Consortium’s different divisions and offices, and several actions have been taken to encourage applications from women mostly in scientific, engineer and technical job positions.

Located close to Barcelona, in a natural park and well connected by car and public transportation, with excellent connectivity to the world and an employer who understands the importance of life-work balance.

Facing an upgrade to ALBA II, a 4th generation facility, which will increase dramatically brightness and coherent flux, ALBA is in a phase of growth and dynamics.

Being a part of the ALBA team will promote your career and will give you the opportunities to explore new territories.

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As successful candidate, you will be part of a network of junior scientists distributed over large European research infrastructures (RI) providing access in the frame of the Horizon Europe project Research Infrastructures Access in NAnoscience and nanotechnology (RIANA).

RIANA encompasses 7 European networks of top-level RIs to cover the most advanced techniques relevant for synthesis, nanofabrication, processing, characterization, analytics, as well as simulation capacity. Highly customised and efficient access to 69 infrastructures is coordinated via a single-entry point and enabled through comprehensive Science and Innovation Service by senior scientists, experts for the transfer of technology from academia to industry, and highly trained Junior Scientists. The Junior Scientist boost RI experience to an entirely new level: they provide customised Science Service supporting users from initial ideas to hands-on experiments, data analysis and dissemination of results to generate the greatest impact from access to world-class RI.

Hosted at ALBA, you will participate in research carried out in different facilities, occasionally travelling to assist in experimentation, and collaborate with international scientists from very diverse disciplines and backgrounds, enormously expanding your experience and professional network.

At ALBA you will join the group interfacing synchrotron beamlines with operando and in situ (scanning) transmission electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopies. You will be able to carry out your own research and participate in ongoing projects in collaboration with others. This is a diverse, highly interactive team acting as linker between the different beamlines, electron microscopy, and scanning probe microscopy teams. You will strongly interact with the x-ray diffraction and scattering beamlines and with the methodology group where new algorithms and pipelines for data acquisition and analysis are developed.

The requirements for participation must be met on the date of the deadline for the submission of applications and will be accredited by means of the CV attached to it, without prejudice to the power of the selection body to require the contribution of the originals of the certifications accrediting the qualifications, training and work experience invoked in the CV.

Applications that do not present the aforementioned or required documentation during the selection procedure will not be accepted.

The candidate should hold a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Physics, or equivalent.

Everyone who meets the requirements will be admitted for the selective process. This position is reserved for those candidates having the legal status of person with disabilities, with a degree of disability equal or greater than 33%. In case of one or more admitted applicants with this status of disability, these candidates will be evaluated at first. In the event that no candidate with the status of disability is finally selected for the position, the selection process shall continue and the rest of the applicants will be evaluated.

Selection Process Development
The selection will be carried out through the competition-opposition system.

As a first phase, an analysis of the curriculum will be carried out (assessment of previous experience and / or scientific history, degree, training and other professional information relevant to the position).

The assessment of the CV in the competition phase will be scored up to 40 points, which will consider the following aspects:

• Hands-on experience in x-ray diffraction and/or scattering data acquisition and analysis (20 points).
• Strong research record in diffraction, scattering and/or crystallography, ideally in the fields of nanoscience or nanotechnology (5 points).
• Experience in other experimental and/or theoretical techniques (spectroscopy, imaging, modelling, simulations, multi-modal data processing, electron or neutron diffraction,…) (5 points).
• Experience in large scale research infrastructures, such as synchrotrons (5 points)
• Experience in the development of novel experimental, instrumental or analysis approaches (5 points)

The best rated candidates, at least two if possible, will be invited to an interview where the technical competence, knowledge, skills and professional experience linked to the position will be assessed, with a total score of 60 points. A minimum of 30 points must be obtained out of a total of 60 points to be eligible.

Provided they meet the minimum requirements and have ranked among the top five after the assessment of the CV phase, at least one person from the underrepresented gender in the division/office will be interviewed.

The interview will include at least:
• Presentation of professional experience (20 pts)
• Auto-assessment of soft skills, capabilities to work in a group, adaptability to a multidisciplinary environment (10 pts)
• Fluent communication in English (10 pts)
• Vision of the job position (10pts)
• Motivation for applying (10pts)

The merits will be accredited by means of the CV attached to the application. The selection board may require accreditation by additional documentation, originals or certified copies confirming the experience invoked in the CV.

In case of a tied final score, the position will be awarded to the person who belongs to the most underrepresented gender in the corresponding Division and subsidiarily to the overall company.

If necessary, alternates of the members of the selection board will be appointed by the president of the selection process, and the change will be published in the announcement.

The resolution of the selection procedure will be carried out within a maximum period of six months from the deadline for submitting applications for participation.

The selection process may be declared vacant if the selection board considers not to have found eligible candidates for the position although they might meet the requirements to participate in the selection process specified in the offer.

Other information
Temporary contract linked to the Horizon Europe project Research Infrastructures Access in NAnoscience and
nanotechnology (RIANA).

The Selection Board is composed by the following members: Lucía Aballe Aramburu, François Fauth, Sandra Ruiz Gómez and Núria Valls Vidal.

To apply for this job please visit public.cells.es.