ISIS Instrument Scientist – Disordered Materials – SANDALS

The Disordered Materials Group at ISIS specializes in the use of diffraction methods to characterize the structure of liquids, amorphous solids and complex systems such as fluid filled porous media used in chemical engineering applications.

The existing team of six staff scientists operate a suite of three neutron diffraction beamlines, and a wide range of support laboratory equipment, used for performing world class studies across a broad range of academic and industrial disordered systems research. Of the three neutron beamlines managed by the team, the SANDALS diffractometer has established an internationally renowned reputation for atomistic structural characterization of light element containing liquids and glasses. SANDALS performs diffraction studies across many research areas, including the structure of molecular liquids, aqueous solutions and amorphous materials. Particular emphasis in its research programme is placed on the use of neutron diffraction for establishing atomic and molecular structure-property relations on length scales up to 3nm.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Disordered Materials Group to (i) provide a high level of local expertise to support visiting research teams using SANDALS, (ii) contribute to an active programme of developments (new instrumentation, novel sample environment devices and advanced data analysis software) and (iii) expand the research programme on SANDALS via both an active personal research programme and in collaboration with other group members and/or external users. The responsibilities of the post will typically be split equally between the 3 core activities but may vary dependent on the skills and interests of the successful applicant.

List of Duties and Responsibilities

  • provide local contact support for users of SANDALS and, on occasion, other instruments within the Disordered Materials Group
  • contribute to the development of new liquids and disordered materials diffraction capabilities at ISIS, including new instrumentation, sample environment facilities and data analysis techniques
  • assist in the operation, support and maintenance of the range of general laboratory equipment that the Disordered Materials Group manages for its user community (e.g. lab XRD, XRF, pycnometers etc.)
  • seek funding for instrument and other equipment upgrades
  • represent and actively work on increasing the user base on SANDALS
  • provide supervision for students and visiting researchers
  • conduct and disseminate research via publications and conference presentations
  • conduct tours for visiting scientists and visiting members of the public

Contacts and Communication

You will interact extensively with visitors, predominantly from higher education institutions but also from industry. You are expected to present your scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • good written and oral language skills in English
  • good presentation skills
  • must be capable of working on their own and in small teams.

Any Other Relevant Information

You must be willing:

  • to work in radiation areas
  • to work out-of-hours when required for user support, at night or weekends.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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