Applications are invited for the position of an experienced researcher in the field of X-ray and UV photoelectron spectroscopy at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IP PAS), at the X-Ray and Electron Microscopy Research Laboratory within the Group of X-ray Spectroscopy and Microanalysis. The modern high resolution X-ray and UV photoelectron spectrometer based on VG Scienta R3000 XPS/UPS/ARPES analyzer will be installed at the end of 2014 in this laboratory. The successful applicant is expected to join the currently running research projects and use this new spectrometer to characterize variety of innovative materials. It is assumed that she/he would design an extension of these research tools and introduce protocols for elemental and chemical characterization of studied materials.

We are looking for active researcher with track-record of research achievements in photoelectron spectroscopy. Expertise in applying photoelectron spectroscopy for studies of element’s chemical bonding in bulk materials (e.g. single crystals, polycrystalline, sintered materials), layered materials, powders and films is required. An experience in performing depth profiles is particularly welcomed.

She/he is expected to perform a high quality research based on photoelectron spectroscopy and to be able to organize an international group for a joint research, and to submit a project to the Horizon 2020 program or other external financing programs.
During the preparatory phase for spectrometer installation she/he will participate in research program of the group and deliver lectures and seminars for the staff and PhD students of IF PAN to customize them with the possible studies applying photoelectron spectroscopy. Therefore, the candidate is expected to be open to share his/her own knowledge with colleagues and to build the research network around this spectrometer in IF PAN and beyond.

The XPS spectroscopy will be used for studying the structural, electronic, and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces of nanostructures, to find applications in different fields such as thin-film growth, catalysis and many other domains of material science. The group has an experience in exploiting the synchrotron radiation techniques for advanced characterization of studied objects. The group collaborates with several European synchrotron facilities. Additional funds are allocated in the project for performing synchrotron studies using photoelectron spectroscopy and other techniques.

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