Research Associate in Radiation Physics

University College London - UCL-Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering Radiation Physics Group

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. 

The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is proud to host internationally-leading research groups covering a broad range of activities and is spread over several sites. Our staff and students have a diverse range of interests and expertise, covering many areas of physics, engineering, medicine, physiology, computer science, and mathematics. This provides a highly stimulating multidisciplinary environment for learning and for scientific research.

We are looking to recruit a Research Associate in Radiation Physics within the Radiation Physics group, UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. This post is to develop novel approaches for X-ray diffraction analysis. The work is funded by a government laboratory and will be undertaken in close cooperation with staff from that laboratory. X-ray diffraction provides a unique molecular fingerprint for material analysis. However, to enable practical applications maximum use must be made of the available X-ray flux. This project is to look at ways of optimising the detection of the diffracted beam and will involve the use of Monte Carlo modelling techniques combined with practical development of hardware.

The project title is: Development of enhanced detection schemes for remote X-ray diffraction system.

Funding for this position is for 12 months in the first instance. Due to the funding source for this project, all applicants will need to be considered by the funder, DSTL before appointment in post.

Candidates must have a PhD or about to submit a PhD in Physics or Engineering Science related subject. Applicants must have outstanding experimental skills and outstanding skills in Monte Carlo based modelling, preferably GEANT4. Experience of X-ray diffraction and experience in development of X-ray systems are desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD. If about to submit a PhD, the appointment will be at Grade 6B (£29,485 - £31,091) salary per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1577591

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Further information about the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering can be found here

Further information on the Radiation Physics group can be found here

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If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Prof Robert Speller at If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Tracy Pearmain at

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

Interview Date: TBC

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