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ISIS Instrument Scientist - LET

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI

Location: Didcot, Harwell, Oxford
Salary: £30,782 to £45,576 per annum (depending on skills/experience, inclusive of annual allowance)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th September 2019
Closes: 28th October 2019
Job Ref: IRC250978

About the role

We are seeking an Instrument Scientist to join the Excitations & Polarised Neutrons Group at STFC’s ISIS facility, on a permanent basis, to work on the LET spectrometer.

You will be joining a collaborative working environment with a focus on research excellence. As well as prosecuting your own research programme you will spend time supporting users of the group’s instruments before, during and after their experiments so that the scientific output from experiments conducted at ISIS can be maximised.

We are keen that you work towards expanding the user base of the Excitations group’s instruments. It is also a priority for the group to ensure that the recently commissioned polarisation analysis option on LET is fully exploited by the user community.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a scientific research program that includes the use of the spectrometers in the group (MERLIN, MAPS, MARI and LET)
  • Help guide the scientific program on the group’s instruments
  • Provide technical support to users on LET, from proposal submission through experimental time to data analysis, as well as being responsible for safety, maintenance and calibration of LET
  • Contribute to technical developments on the LET instrument including on the instrument itself, sample environment and data reduction and analysis software. In particular, the recent addition of polarised neutron analysis on LET means that new ways of working to exploit this new capability fully need to be developed
  • Provide occasional technical and scientific guidance to users on the other instruments in the group when experiments in which you have a strong scientific interest are being conducted on them.

About you

You will have (or will soon obtain) a PhD level in physics, chemistry or materials science, or have equivalent experience.

Your scientific background should be well matched to the group’s activities, either in functional materials or strongly correlated electron systems / magnetism.

Evidence of a scientific publication record at PhD or post-doctoral level is required, as well as proven expertise in inelastic neutron scattering and neutron scattering data analysis techniques.

Previous post-doctoral experience in a physical sciences research environment, experience in the design and/or modelling of neutron instruments and a working knowledge of either Python or Matlab would be advantageous but is not essential.

About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

What we offer

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, 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 28th October 2019.

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