Instrument Scientist (Muons)

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments allows the properties of materials to be understood at the atomic scale.

The ISIS Muon Group operates three muon spectrometers for condensed matter and molecular studies using the muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance technique. These spectrometers are used by researchers from around the world for muon measurements in the areas of magnetism, superconductivity, charge transport, molecular and chemical studies, and modelling hydrogen behaviour in, for example, semiconductors or proton conductors. Further details can be found at

We require an instrument scientist to support visiting scientists in their research, to maintain and develop the muon instrumentation, and to develop their own research programme which, at least in part, will make use of the muon method. Whilst experimental support by muon group instrument scientists is carried out across the three muon spectrometers, this post will be given specific responsibilities for one particular instrument.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

Support for visiting scientists using the ISIS muon instruments. This will include liaison with visitors on all aspects of their experiments, proactive support for experiments during visits to enable researchers to gain the most from their muon experimental time, and subsequent help with data analysis as required.

Maintenance and development of one of the spectrometers, including helping to ensure the spectrometer is in a fit state for user experiments, calibration at the start of experimental periods, scheduling of accepted experiments through liaison with visiting research teams, and development of the spectrometer and associated sample environment equipment according to experimental and scientific needs.

The continuation or development of a personal and collaborative programme of original research that will include the use of the muon method in areas of condensed matter physics or chemistry.

Promotion of the muon technique through, for example, presenting research which employs the muon method at conferences and through publications.

Contributing to the corporate activities of the ISIS muon group as they arise, for example helping with training courses using the muon method and contributing to larger instrument development projects. 

Contacts and Communication

The post will be based at ISIS within the ISIS muon group. You will be a full member of the muon group and be expected to work with the other group members who are working on other aspects of the muon technique or muon instrumentation. You will have regular contact with ISIS technical and support groups, and will need to liaise closely with these groups as experiments are carried out. You will be involved with, and will give technical and scientific support to, research groups from the UK and overseas who will come to ISIS to use the muon technique – you will need to be able to explain experimental details to researchers with much less experience of muon methods. You will be expected to publicise the muon method through work in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. 

Personal Skills and Attributes

A PhD in a relevant physical science.

While experience of the muon technique is highly desirable, applications from candidates with experience of other magnetic resonance methods and/or spectroscopic techniques, or neutron scattering, would be welcomed.

Any Other Relevant Information

This is a permanent post within the ISIS Muon Group.

Line Manager: Dr. Stephen Cottrell, Instrument Scientist

Senior Line Manager: Dr. Adrian Hillier, ISIS Muon Group Leader

Due to the nature of ISIS experimental running, some out-of-hours work on evenings and at weekends will be required to support visiting researcher experiments.

You will be required to be a classified radiation worker.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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