Research Fellow - Johnson Matthey/ISIS

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

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 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. 

ISIS is a world-class centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments allows the properties of materials to be understood at the atomic scale. There is a major programme in the study of a broad range of industrially-relevant catalysts. 

Johnson Matthey plc is a world-leading company in the field of functional materials. They have major activities in automotive catalysis, fine-chemical synthesis, refinery catalysts and battery materials. The corporate research Centre at Sonning Common has comprehensive facilities for materials synthesis and characterisation. The company already has extensive interactions with RAL and is looking to further increase their knowledge of, and expertise in, neutron and muon scattering techniques for functional materials research. 

About The Role
This post represents an excellent opportunity to create both collaborative and personal scientific research programmes exploiting the capabilities of neutron and muon scattering in key areas of chemistry and functional materials research. You will spend 50% of your time collaborating with Johnson Matthey and the remaining time will be used to support the existing programmes in catalysis at ISIS. This will involve local contacting on a variety of instruments, both within the group and externally, with users from both academia and industry. 

About You
You will have a PhD in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, or related discipline), as well as experience in experimental characterisation of condensed-phase materials.

You must have good computational, programming and analytical skills and be able to provide evidence of a publication record in relevant science areas.

You must have good organisational and problem-solving skills as well as proven oral and written communication skills.

You must also be available for out-of-hours support and be willing to travel within the UK and overseas if required.

You must be medically fit for, and willing to work in, radiation areas (monitored worker status) and with lasers and also be willing to work with chemicals and/or biological material in the ISIS chemistry and biology laboratories and at Johnson Matthey plc.

Knowledge and experience in catalysis research and exposure to modern tools and methodologies for materials modelling are also desirable for the role. 

An excellent index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages ( 

To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. 

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 +44 (0)1793 867000. 

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2017, however we will be reviewing applications as they are made and will interview before the close date where appropriate.

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