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Post-doctoral Fellowship: Beamline ROCK | French national synchrotron facility

Apr 19 2023

SOLEIL is the French national synchrotron facility, located on the Saclay Plateau near Paris. It is a multi-disciplinary instrument and research laboratory whose mission is to conduct research using synchrotron radiation, to develop cutting edge instrumentation on the beamlines, and to make these developments available to the scientific community. SOLEIL synchrotron, a unique tool for both academic research and industrial applications across a wide range of disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry etc., opened in 2008. It is used annually by thousands researchers from France and abroad. SOLEIL is based on a synchrotron source that is state-of-the-art both in terms of brilliance and stability. This large scale facility, a partner of the Université Paris Saclay, is a “publically owned” private company, founded by the CNRS and the CEA.

The Synchrotron SOLEIL opens a 18 months postdoctoral position at the ROCK beamline. ROCK is a dedicated Quick-EXAFS beamline working in the 4-40 keV energy and sub-second time resolution for collection of a XAFS spectrum. The beamline, in operation since 2015, has been funded by the French program “Investissements d’Avenir” to contribute to the development of more efficient catalysts and batteries which should find successful industrial applications in the field of energy generation and storage in compliance with the protection of public health and environment. Recently, hyperspectral quick-XAFS full-field imaging has been developed at the beamline offering micron-meter spatial resolution together with second time resolution for efficient monitoring of reaction kinetics.

This 18-months postdoctoral position is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) within the collaborative ANR MULTIPROBE project between different research teams with complementary expertise in spectroscopy techniques: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (SOLEIL Synchrotron), environmental electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy (IPCMS, Strasbourg) and catalysis (UCCS, Lille). The postdoctoral fellow hosted at SOLEIL will be involved in the operando XAS and hyperspectral imaging experiments carried out on catalytic systems studied within the MULTIPROBE ANR project, the development of tools and methods for an efficient data collection and multivariate data analysis of hyperspectral XAS but also EELS/EDX data, as well as their correlative analysis with operando TEM.

I. Mission

The postdoc will work at the ROCK beamline with the following tasks:

Participate in the hyperspectral experimental campaigns at the ROCK beamline devoted to the study of preparation, activation and reactivity of catalysts used for hydrogenation of CO or CO2. Modulation Excitation Spectroscopy for unravelling active species will be applied during pulses of reactive gases.

Optimize the data acquisition strategy to reduce the noise present in XAS or EELS images, thereby improving the efficiency of spectral unmixing multivariate algorithms used for hyperspectral imaging data.

Actively contribute to the development of data analysis tools for this kind of experiments (using Python/Jupyter) by leveraging machine learning techniques through collaboration with SOLEIL’s data analysis group – GRADES.

II.Experience required

The candidate must hold a PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Physical Chemistry or similar research fields. Experience in scientific programming for data analysis (with python3) is required. A research experience in the field of X-ray and/or electron microscopies would be recommended.

Moreover, the following expertise will be considered with particular attention:

Research experience in the practice of operando characterization of catalysts under reactive atmosphere in temperature or pressure ;

Knowledge of French is not mandatory, but a fluent level of spoken and written English is required.

Source: Synchrotron Soleil