Instrument Scientist - Neutron Powder Diffraction

The ISIS neutron source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world 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 8 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 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.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group to support the user programme in powder diffraction and, importantly, contribute to ongoing equipment development projects. The latter are essential to expand the research opportunities offered by the group and will include the development of new sample environment facilities to increase the pressure and temperature range over which detailed neutron powder diffraction studies can be performed. The successful candidate will also be expected to perform their own research programme in the field of crystallography.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities.

•         Provide local contact support for users of the powder diffraction instruments operated by the ISIS Crystallography Group.

•         Contribute to the development of new powder diffraction capabilities at ISIS, including new sample environment facilities to extend the accessible pressure and temperature ranges.

•         Seek funding for instrument and other equipment upgrades.

•         Represent and actively work on increasing the user base.

•         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, predominantly from higher education institutions but also from industry. The successful candidate is expected to present their scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.

Personal Skills and Attributes.

Good written and oral English language skills, including good presentation skills.Must be capable of working independently and in small teams.

Any other Relevant Information.

•         Willing to work in radiation areas (classified radiation status).

•         Willing to work out-of-hours occasionally, at night or weekends.

•         Willing to work in confined spaces (2x2 m2 floor area).

•         Willing to travel abroad (for discussions with collaborators, attendance at conferences etc.).


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