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ISIS Instrument Scientist - MAPS

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: IRC250980

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 MAPS 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 particularly keen that the successful candidate works towards expanding the user base of MAPS, to take advantage of the recent upgrade to the instrument.

The duties of the position include:

  • Conduct a scientific research program that includes the use of the spectrometers in the group (MERLIN, MAPS, MARI and LET) as well as other neutron instruments at ISIS and other neutron sources
  • Help guide the scientific program on the group’s instruments
  • Provide technical support to users on MAPS, from proposal submission through experimental time to data analysis, as well as being responsible for safety, maintenance and calibration of MAPS
  • Contribute to technical developments on the MAPS instrument including on the instrument itself, sample environment and data reduction and analysis software
  • 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
  • Participate fully in the scientific life of the Excitations and Polarised Neutrons group, as well as that of the facility more widely
  • Promotion of the Excitations and Polarised Neutrons group’s capabilities with new user groups and communities, with a view to expanding the user base, especially on MAPS.

About you

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

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 https://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc250980_9995.aspx. 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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