Neutronics Scientist

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Fixed Term for 2 years.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s ISIS facility is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.

About the Role

We are looking for a post-doctoral scientist to join the growing ISIS Neutronics Group.

In this role you will provide neutronics simulation and analysis to the design phase of the instruments that STFC are designing for the ESS.  You will support the instrument design from the concept design up to the final design review which will require increasing level of detail in the analysis as the design progresses. This will include design and analysis of safety components such as shielding, beam stops and shutters as well as an assessment of the induced activity.  It will also include nuclear analysis to optimise the instrument performance and reduce instrument background.

In this role you will:

  • Play an important role in the research and development  of neutronic simulation technique and its application to the design of the ESS instruments
  • Be responsible for helping to delivering the work of  the neutronics group in a timely and professional manner
  • Ensure that the neutronics simulations and analysis are carried out in a well-documented quality controlled manner commensurate with the design stage of the project
  • Collaborate with other neutron sources around the world in the area of neutronics
  • Enable the work of the group to be presented at relevant international conferences and in journal articles.

About you

You will hold a PhD in the physical sciences, most likely in an area related to nuclear physics, particle transport simulation or activation, or demonstrate significant relevant experience.

You will have familiarity with the operation and development of simulation codes for particle transport, including knowledge of Monte-Carlo techniques, use of nuclear cross-sections, knowledge of transport codes (MCNPX, FLUKA, GEANT4, etc.).

You will demonstrate a proven track record in the performance of particle simulations for the development of instrumentation or facilities or for the prediction of radiation activity.

You must have good communications skills and be prepared to undertake some travel within the UK and overseas.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, and 30 days leave allowance are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages

How to Apply  

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 8th October 2017.

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