Instrument Scientist - Neutron Imaging and Diffraction (IMAT)

The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates eight neutron diffraction beamlines, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. In addition, the group is responsible for the construction of a new instrument, IMAT, which will provide a unique combination of neutron radiography, tomography and diffraction techniques for studies in scientific disciplines ranging from engineering and earth sciences to bioscience and archaeological science. IMAT will begin operation in September 2015, initially only in imaging mode, but with development of the complementary diffraction capabilities taking place during 2016 following a recent announcement of approximately £1.1M funding from the Swedish research council.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group as part of the IMAT team. Initially, the role will focus on the efficient commissioning of the new instrument, including the development of software for image reconstruction using neutron cameras installed on IMAT and the installation of the diffraction detectors. Once operational, the post holder will support the user programme on IMAT (and other diffraction instruments), contribute to ongoing equipment development projects (for example, new sample environment devices). The successful candidate will be encouraged to perform his/her own independent research programme in a relevant material science discipline, ideally using neutron imaging and/or neutron diffraction techniques.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities:
- Provide local contact support for users of IMAT and other instruments within the Crystallography Group. 
- Contribute to the development of the imaging and powder diffraction capabilities on IMAT, including sample environment facilities and data analysis techniques. 
- Seek funding for instrument and other equipment upgrades.
- Provide supervision for students and team members (dependent on experience).
- Conduct and disseminate research via publications and conference presentations. 
- Conduct tours for visiting scientists and visiting members of the public.

Contacts and Communication:
The job holder will interact extensively with visitors, both from higher education institutions and from industry. The successful candidate is expected to present their scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.

 

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