X-ray Diffraction Instrument Scientist

Teesside, UK
13 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Position

An opportunity has arisen to join the Catalyst Characterization group of Johnson Matthey’s Efficient Natural Resources sector located on Teesside, UK. The role offered, centres on the delivery of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of materials used in the design and formulation of industrial catalysts.


As the key person responsible for XRD services, the successful candidate will be required to:

  • Assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Bruker D8 ADVANCE Powder XRD instrument.
  • Ensure the instrument is maintained in full working order through appropriate routine performance checks, and the application of regular servicing in conjunction with vendor service engineers.
  • Deliver a reliable service for the analysis of materials including; phase identification, quantification of components and crystallite size estimation.
  • Assure the quality of data through the application of robust calibration procedures, and the issue and implementation of appropriate standard operating procedures
  • Provide expert advice on the appropriate interpretation of XRD data and to contribute to a multitude of diverse R&D projects and customer solutions.
  • Work within a team of characterization scientists to successfully integrate the output of XRD analysis with the findings from other techniques.
  • Work with other XRD specialists in the company to assure leading-edge technology and expertise is sustained within the group.
  • Provide training and advice to staff and other recipients of XRD reports, as appropriate to needs and purpose.

Skills and Experience. Applicants must:

  • Hold a minimum of an M.Sc in a physical science (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science) with a specialization or considerable experience in the application of XRD.
  • Possess detailed knowledge of XRD instrumentation technology including; sample presentation methods, goniometer configurations and detector types.
  • Have knowledge of and experience in, the application and limitations of data refinement models for component identification, quantification and crystallite size estimation. This should include proprietary packages such as Bruker “Diffrac/Topas”.
  • Be experienced in the appropriate use of diffraction pattern libraries and databases (e.g. ICDD, ICDS, JCPDS) for reliable sample characterization.
  • Be capable of assuring the highest standards of data quality through appropriate calibration schedules.
  • Be capable of compiling sufficiently detailed analytical reports based on validated analytical procedures.

Competencies required

  • Effective analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads based on an understanding of customer needs.
  • Ability to work under pressure within a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and proven success in working with people, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Powerpoint, Excel).
  • Confidence and ability to verbally present data and deliver training.

Closing date for applications: Friday 29th September 2017

Johnson Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.