Postdoctoral Researcher – Automation of Engineering Neutron Diffraction

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell,

Full time, Fixed Term for 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.

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. 

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated scientist to a three year postdoctoral research position at ISIS, duties include working with the instrument teams on ENGIN-X and IMAT to implement, develop and maintain positioning systems on these instruments.  In addition, you will be expected to engage with the ENGIN-X/IMAT user community in order to support experiments and understand their demands (particularly regarding sample positioning) so that these can be incorporated in further developments. The role will involve working closely with the ISIS Computing group to ensure the software fits with the existing controls systems and is developed in a professional and maintainable way.

Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

  • implement and automate advanced positioning systems on the ENGIN-X and IMAT beamlines
  • maintain and develop the SSCANSS instrument simulation software
  • provide support to the user programme on the ENGIN-X and IMAT diffractometers
  • conduct research in machine vision, high accuracy positioning, automation and remote operation
  • maintain all existing positioning hardware and commission new hardware
  • automate and streamline beamline procedures
  • maintain awareness of international developments liaising with other facilities
  • disseminate research via publications and conference presentations.

About you
You will hold a PhD (or about to receive a PhD) in the field of computer science, machine vision, robotics, automation or in a related field, or have the equivalent experience. You will have extensive programming experience in C, C++, Python and IDL. You will also have developed independent scientific profiles in instrumentation, robotics, automation, software development or a related area.

Benefits
We offer an exceptional index linked pension scheme and 30 days leave allowance, 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 http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/.

How to Apply
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc242748_7522.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 20th October 2017.

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