Instrument Scientist - Powder Diffraction (POLARIS)

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. Of these, the POLARIS powder diffractometer has recently been substantially upgraded at a cost of around £4M, with significant contributions from Swedish and Spanish collaborators. As a result, POLARIS is establishing a global reputation as a powerful facility to probe the structure-property relationships within a diverse range of materials at the forefront of academic and/or technological interest. Examples include the use of time-resolved powder diffraction studies to probe chemical reaction kinetics, in-situ electrochemical studies of the performance of electrode and electrolyte materials important for battery and fuel cell applications and ‘total scattering’ studies to investigate the nature of short-range disorder within crystalline solids and its influence on bulk material behaviour.

Such a wide range of experiments requires a high level of local support and expertise to support visiting research teams. We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group to support the user programme of powder diffraction on POLARIS (and other diffraction instruments), contribute to ongoing equipment development projects (including new sample environment facilities and data analysis software) and perform their own research programme in the field of crystallography.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

• Provide local contact support for users of POLARIS and other instruments within the Crystallography Group. 
• Contribute to the development of new powder diffraction capabilities at ISIS, including new instrumentation, sample environment facilities and data analysis techniques. 
• 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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