Low Energy Neutron Spectroscopy Instrument Scientist

The ISIS Molecular Spectroscopy Group is seeking an Instrument Scientist to support and develop our science and instrumentation programme in low-energy spectroscopy on the high-resolution spectrometers IRIS and OSIRIS.

The Molecular Spectroscopy Group provides neutron scattering facilities and expertise across the chemical and physical sciences, including energy research, catalysis, soft matter, and nanoscience. The group currently supports a world-leading science and instrumentation programme on six high-resolution spectrometers. For more information, please visit www.isis.stfc.ac.uk/groups/molecular-spectroscopy/

 

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities
A full-time (open-ended) vacancy exists to support and develop our science and instrumentation programme in low-energy spectroscopy on the high-resolution spectrometers IRIS and OSIRIS. This post represents an excellent opportunity to create both collaborative and personal scientific research programmes exploiting the capabilities of neutron scattering. 
As a member of the ISIS Molecular Spectroscopy Group, the post holder will also be expected to develop a sufficient understanding of other instruments in the group, and to support the group’s wider operational programme.

Contacts and Communication
The successful candidate will interact extensively with visitors both from higher education institutions as well as industry. External representation will also range from presenting their own scientific work at conferences to strategic engagement with stakeholders, and delineating future directions in science and facility development.
Internally, the candidate will be expected to contribute to the wider activities of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group and actively represent the group in its interactions with other ISIS and STFC science and technology groups.

SHORTLISTING CRITERIA

Qualifications

Essential:

• PhD in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, or related discipline).

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

• Experience in experimental condensed-phase dynamics and spectroscopy.

• Good computational, programming, and analytical skills.

• Demonstrated potential (band RC-D) or ability (band RC-E) to develop a personal research programme.

• Evidence of a publication record in relevant science areas, i.e., at PhD (band RC-D) or post-doctoral (band RC-E) levels.

• Knowledge and exposure to modern tools and methodologies for materials modelling (first-principles, molecular dynamics, etc).

Desirable:

• Post-doctoral experience in relevant science areas such as condensed-phase dynamics and spectroscopy, chemistry, materials science, neutron scattering, etc.

• Track record and interest in the study of disordered systems using experimental and/or computational techniques.

Personal Skills and Qualities

Essential:

• Proven oral and written communication skills.

• Ability to work as part of a team.

• Good organizational and problem-solving skills

Special Requirements

Essential: 

• Available for out-of-hours support.

• Medically fit for and willing to work in classified radiation areas (classified worker status) and with lasers.

• Willing to work with chemicals and/or biological material in the ISIS chemistry and biology laboratories.

• Willingness to travel within the UK and overseas.

INTERVIEW CRITERIA
Essential:
• Knowledge of condensed-phase dynamics and spectroscopy.
• Experience with scientific data analysis.
• Hands-on experience with at least one computing languages used within the group (e.g. Fortran, C, Python, etc).
• Knowledge and exposure to modern tools and methodologies for materials modelling (first-principles, molecular dynamics, etc).
• Demonstrated potential (band RC-D) or ability (band RC-E) to develop a personal research programme.
• Evidence of a publication record in relevant science areas, i.e., at PhD (band RC-D) or post-doctoral (band RC-E) levels.
• Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, ability to interact effectively with ISIS staff and external collaborators at all levels.
• Ability to work collaboratively and individually to support our science and instrumentation programmes.
• Flexibility to work out-of hours or at weekends to support our science & instrumentation programme.
• Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others
Desirable:
• Knowledge and experience in neutron scattering and spectroscopy, particularly in the THz and sub-THz domains.
• Post-doctoral experience in relevant science areas such as condensed-phase dynamics and spectroscopy, chemistry, materials science, neutron scattering, etc.
• Track record and interest in the study of disordered systems using experimental and/or computational techniques.
• Working knowledge of one or more of the data analysis/visualisation packages used within the group (e.g. OpenGenie, MatLab, Mantid, etc.).

Special Requirements
Essential:
• Medically fit for and willing to work in classified radiation areas (classified worker status) and with lasers.
• Willing to work with chemicals and/or biological material in the ISIS chemistry and biology laboratories.

Salary: £ 28,383 - 43,164 (depending on experience)
Grade: D-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended 
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: 6 Jan 2015

For an informal discussion about this role please contact:  Felix Fernandez-Alonso (felix.fernandez-alonso@stfc.ac.uk)

To apply for this post, please use the 'Apply' link on the Top Careers website.
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