Postdoctoral Researcher – Total Scattering

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

3 Years fixed term

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.

About The Role

The ISIS neutron source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links. The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates 9 neutron diffraction and imaging beam lines, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. In addition, the group has an extensive programme of developments to expand the application of the neutron diffraction technique into new areas, including advanced instrumentation, novel sample environment devices and innovative data analysis methods. Amongst the former, a major upgrade to the Polaris powder diffractometer has recently been completed, making it a world-leading facility for total neutron scattering studies of local structures.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we host research facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science. The new XPDF (I15-1) beam line at Diamond Light Source is the first X-ray Pair-Distribution-Function instrument of its kind in Europe and is highly complementary to Polaris. XPDF is applicable to a diverse range of disciplines such as materials chemistry, solid-state physics, earth sciences and pharmaceuticals. Researchers are able to study the local structure of crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous solids and liquids with a speed and robustness which has not been possible at Diamond before.

About You

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated scientist to a three year postdoctoral research position at ISIS, with 50% of their time spent on secondment to Diamond Light Source.

You will have a degree or equivalent qualification in a physical science or a PhD, or about to receive a PhD, in a physical science or a related discipline

You must have a solid scientific background in your relevant discipline and evidence of a developing independent scientific profile in disordered crystalline materials, functional materials, or a related area commensurate with experience.

Experience of structural analysis using neutron and/or X-ray total scattering and working knowledge of computer programming (e.g. Fortran, Python, C++ etc) would be essential as well as excellent written skills in English.

Experience of writing and/or editing Fortran code and familiarity with existing total scattering analysis software (PDFgui, RMCProfile, DISCUS, etc) and experience of performing experiments at central facilities would be desirable.


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 9th February 2018.

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