8 months ago
Salary: £30,782 - £45,576 per annum (depending on skills/experience, inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI - D/E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2019
Interview Date: W/C 18th November 2019
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The ISIS Neutron & Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials at 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.
The Excitations & Polarised Neutrons Group at ISIS operates four world-class inelastic neutron spectrometers; LET, MAPS, MARI and MERLIN. They are used for investigations of the dynamics of materials covering timescales from the femto-second to the nano-second range. Materials studied include quantum magnets, low-dimensional magnetic materials and molecular magnets; thermoelectrics; superconductors; and many other kinds of functional materials.
The ISIS Excitations and Polarised Neutrons Group are committed to becoming a diverse team. We encourage interest and applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from female and ethnic minority candidates.
About the Role
A vacancy has arisen in the Excitations & Polarised Neutrons Group for an instrument scientist to work on the LET spectrometer, due to a change in the responsibilities of a member of the group. This is a permanent position.
We are looking for a committed scientist to fill this role. You will be joining a collaborative working environment with a focus on research excellence. Your scientific background should be well matched to the group’s activities, either in functional materials or strongly correlated electron systems/magnetism. As well as prosecuting your own research programme you will spend a lot of 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 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.
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 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
* Participate fully in the scientific life of the Excitations and Polarised Neutrons group, as well as that of the facility more widely
* Represent the group’s interests on occasion at meetings with internal and external stakeholders
* Promotion of the Excitations and Polarised Neutrons group’s capabilities with new user groups and communities, with a view to expanding the user base.
* The role requires some international travel. In addition, a flexible approach to working hours when supporting user experiments is required. You should be willing and able to work in a radiation area.
You will be appointed at either Band D or Band E of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.
UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
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.
Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria
* Educated to (or imminent award of) Ph. D level in physics, chemistry or materials science (or equivalent experience) (S)
Knowledge and experience:
* A track record of research in lattice dynamics or magnetism (S&I)
* Demonstrated potential (Band D) or proven ability (Band E) to pursue an independent research program (S&I)
* Evidence of a scientific publication record at PhD (Band D) or post-doctoral (Band E) level (S)
* Proven expertise in inelastic neutron scattering (S&I)
* Experience of neutron scattering data analysis techniques. (S&I)
* Good oral and written command of English (S&I)
* Good interpersonal and communications skills (I)
* Enthusiasm, motivation and initiative (I)
* Ability to work independently and in a team (I)
* High degree of responsibility, commitment and reliability (I)
* Ability and willingness to work in a radiation area (I)
* Willing to work flexible hours when necessary (I)
* Ability to climb and descend ladders and access confined/awkward spaces (I)
* Willing to undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas. (I)
Knowledge and experience:
* Previous post-doctoral experience in a physical sciences research environment (S)
* Experience in the design and/or modelling of neutron instruments (S&I)
* A working knowledge of either Python or Matlab (S&I)
* Experience in the use of neutron spectroscopy data analysis techniques (I)
* A solid understanding of time-of-flight neutron spectroscopy (I)
* A solid understanding of polarised neutron scattering (I)
* Ability to attract external funding. (Band E) (I)
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