Zoom Instrument Scientist
24 Nov 2014




The ISIS Large Scale Structures Group is seeking an Instrument Scientist to support the science programme on the Zoom small angle scattering instrument and more widely within the group.


Zoom is a highly flexible time-of-flight Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instrument with polarisation and will exploit focussing techniques to achieve very small Q. It is being constructed as part of the second phase of instrumentation on the ISIS second target station with first neutrons anticipated during 2016. Zoom will complement the existing SANS instruments at ISIS and be competitive with other world leading SANS instruments over a simultaneous Q range of 0.0003 to 0.15 Å-1 suitable for a broad range of advanced materials, magnetism and soft matter science.

The Large Scale Structures Group provides neutron scattering facilities and expertise for a diverse range of research areas such as polymers, colloids, biological systems and magnetic/superconducting thin films. The Group currently supports 7 neutron instruments (small angle neutron scattering and reflectometry) and is designing and constructing 2 further instruments (including Zoom) for the second Target Station Project.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

A full-time vacancy exists to assist in the development and running of the Zoom instrument. The position represents an excellent opportunity to develop both collaborative and personal scientific research programmes exploiting the capabilities of small angle neutron scattering in the areas of hard/soft condensed matter or the life sciences. In addition to assisting with the development and running of Zoom the successful candidate will be expected to assist in the advancement of focussing of neutrons for time-of-flight techniques at ISIS.

Contacts and Communication

The successful candidate will interact extensively with visitors both from higher education institutions and industry. This will take the form of enabling, leading and expanding the scientific programme for Zoom. External representation will also range from presenting their own scientific work at conferences to strategic engagement with stakeholders regarding future directions.

Internally, the candidate will be expected to contribute to and lead aspects of the LSS scientific programme and actively represent the group in its interactions with other ISIS and STFC science and technology groups.



•         PhD in experimental hard or soft condensed matter or a related science (or imminent awarding of)


•         Post-doctoral experience in a relevant scientific area: hard/soft condensed matter, life sciences, neutron/X-ray focussing optics, etc.

Knowledge and Experience


•         Experience of small angle neutron scattering, Small Angle X-ray at a large facility or the development of total light scattering techniques

•         Potential for development of a  personal scientific programme

•         Working knowledge of one or more of the standard computing languages used within the group (e.g. Python, Fortran, C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, Labview etc)


•         Post-doctoral experience in relevant science areas: soft condensed matter, magnetism, life sciences, etc.

•         Evidence of a publication record in relevant science areas: hard/soft condensed matter, life sciences, etc. commensurate with experience

•         Experience of polarised neutron and focussing techniques

•         Experience of instrumentation control and development

Personal skill and Qualities


•         Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, ability to interact effectively with staff and ISIS users at all levels.

•         Ability to work collaboratively and individually to support the user community

•         Flexibility to occasional requests to work out-of hours to support users

•         Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others

Special Requirements


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

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

•         Willing to work with high power laser systems.

•         Willing to work at heights (>3m) behind appropriate safety barriers

•         Willing to work in relatively confined spaces ~2x2m2 floor area.


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:  Ann Terry (Ann.Terry@stfc.ac.uk)

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