Mari Instrument Scientist
24 Nov 2014




The Excitations & Polarized Neutron Group at ISIS is seeking an Instrument Scientist to work on the Mari chopper spectrometer.


MARI is one of several inelastic neutron spectrometers at ISIS, which allow investigations of the dynamics of materials covering timescales from the femto-second to the nano-second range.  ISIS has a reputation for building innovative neutron instruments, with massive wide angle position sensitive detector arrays, tunable energy resolution and a combination of high flux and low background; and crucially this is backed up by the development of world-leading data analysis software.  MARI is optimized for high resolution thermal spectroscopy on polycrystalline and disordered materials.  Materials studied using MARI include ionic compounds and liquids, quantum fluids, negative thermal expansion materials, thermoelectrics and heavy-fermion magnets.

ISIS hosts extensive user support facilities, including high pressure / high-magnetic field sample environment equipment, and a large suite of sample preparation, characterization and alignment facilities, (including X-ray diffractometers, PPMS and MPMS systems, sample prep furnaces, X-ray fluorescence and a neutron alignment facility). ISIS scientists pursue wide and active research programs across a diverse range of fields.

The Excitations and Polarized Neutron Group is also responsible for the provision of polarized neutron capability on several instruments at ISIS including LET and the new Larmor (small angle scattering) instrument recently commissioned on the ISIS 2nd target station.

List of Duties / Work Programme/ Responsibilities

The duties of the Instrument Scientist on MARI will include:

·      To provide scientific and technical support to scientific visitors to ISIS, particularly on MARI

·      To work as part of a team to develop novel instrumentation, techniques and software

·      To conduct an active programme of research using MARI and/or other instruments at ISIS

Shortlisting Criteria 


·       PhD (or equivalent) in one of the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, material science, earth science, etc)

·       Several years post-doctoral experience in a research environment (Band E level) – or early stage (recent PhD completion) researchers considered (Band D level)

·       Research experience in either lattice dynamics, magnetism, phase transitions, crystallography, molecular spectroscopy, disordered materials or dynamics in soft matter

·       The ability and drive to pursue an independent research programme

·       Previous experience of neutron scattering experiments

·       Interest in the development of novel neutron instrumentation and techniques


·       Experience of data analysis techniques, data visualization software and computer programming


·       Good publication record

·       Experience of seeking research funding

Interview Criteria 


·       Ability to work both as part of a team, and with a high degree of autonomy

·       Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

·       A high degree of responsibility, commitment and reliability

·       There may be a requirement to work out-of-hours and at weekends in order to provide user support

·       Ability and willingness to work in a radiation area, and with radioactive materials

·       The post requires the holder to climb/descend ladders and access confined or awkward spaces


·       Ability to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas (mainly Europe)


·       Good scientific strategic awareness (particularly that associated with the neutron scattering landscape) in the UK, Europe and beyond

·       Good organizational, people management and project management skills


Salary:   £28,383 to £43,164 

Grade: D/E

Contract Type: Open-Ended

Hours: Full Time

Closing date: 6 Jan 2015

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered.

To discuss this post please contact Ross Stewart,

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