04. January 2016 - ISIS, STFC
Small-angle Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist - IRC213757
Small-angle Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist - IRC213757
04. January 2016 - ISIS, STFC
Small-angle Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist - IRC213757
Small-angle Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist - IRC213757
Employer
ISIS, STFC
Location

Didcot, UK

Description of Institution

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Due to an imminent retirement a vacancy has arisen within the ISIS Large Scale Structures (LSS) Group. This 20-strong Group develops, operates and supports neutron instruments that are used by academia and industry to investigate a broad range of nanoscale structures and interfaces in research areas such as polymers, colloids, biological systems, thin films and magnetism. The LSS instrument suite currently comprises 4 Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments and 5 Neutron Reflectometry instruments. This vacancy is within the LSS SANS Team.

Job description

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

The new SANS Team member will initially become second responsible for our world-class SANS2d instrument. The position represents an excellent opportunity to develop both collaborative and personal scientific research programmes in the areas of hard/soft condensed matter or the life sciences, through demonstrating and exploiting the capabilities of pulsed source SANS.

In addition, you will also be expected to assist with the development and operation of SANS2d, help out on the other SANS instruments as required, and contribute in other areas, including but not limited to, the advancement of software for data treatment and analysis, the planning for new instrumentation (at ISIS or other neutron centres) or upgrades to existing instruments (for example involving Monte-Carlo simulations of neutron optics), and the design of new and innovative sample environment equipment.

The SANS Team are active contributors to international software initiatives such SasView and CCP-SAS.

Contacts and Communication

You will interact extensively with researchers from higher education institutions and industry from both the UK and abroad. Normal duties on SANS2d and the other SANS beam lines will require you to train and work alongside these visitors, and to assist with the interpretation of their SANS data. The working language at ISIS is English.

External representation of ISIS and STFC will range from presenting scientific work at conferences to strategic engagement with key stakeholders. Internally, you will be expected to contribute to, and lead, aspects of the LSS scientific programme, and actively represent the Group in its interactions with science and technology groups within ISIS, STFC and other international neutron facilities.

Requested Profile

Personal Skills and Attributes

The position requires a PhD and experience and understanding of Small- Angle Neutron or X-ray Scattering techniques. A proven track record in state-of-the-art instrumentation and/or data reduction and analysis is also highly desirable.
Good interpersonal and presentation skills are essential.

Any other Relevant Information

You will be expected to perform some duties out of normal working hours, including at weekends and public holidays, during ISIS operational cycles.

Normal duties also require the willingness and ability to: work in a radiation area; engage in manual handling activities; work with vacuum (mbar range) and pressure systems (kbar range); operate pendant cranes (SWL < 1tonne); use laboratory chemicals and cryogens; work with lasers (mW range); work with electrical systems (< 4kV or <600A) and high magnetic fields (< 17T); and, occasionally, work at heights via steps or ladders (< 3m) or in relatively confined space (~2m x 2m floor area). Appropriate training will be provided for all of these.

There will also be occasional requirements to travel within the UK and overseas.

Shortlisting Criteria
Essential:

  • PhD in experimental hard or soft condensed matter, the life sciences, or a related area (or imminent awarding of).
  • Hands-on experience of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and/or Small-Angle X-ray Scattering at a large facility, including the analysis and interpretation of the data.
    Desirable:
  • Post-doctoral experience in a relevant scientific area: hard/soft condensed matter, life sciences, neutron/X-ray instrumentation.
  • Evidence of an emerging publication record in a relevant science area commensurate with experience.
  • Background in biological solution scattering.
  • Experience of scientific software development.
  • Experience/Background in Scattering Instrumentation design and/or build

Interview Criteria
Essential:

  • Good understanding of Small-Angle Scattering.
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the data analysis software packages used within the SANS Team (e.g. SasView, CCP-SAS/SASSIE, ATSAS)
  • Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, clear ability to interact effectively with staff and ISIS stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and individually to support and develop the ISIS science programme.
  • Potential for development of a personal scientific programme.
  • Flexibility to requests to work out-of-hours to support visiting researchers and their experiments.
  • Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others.
  • Medically fit for, and willing to work in, classified radiation areas (classified worker status)
  • Willing and able to: engage in manual handling activities; work with vacuum (mbar range) and pressure systems (kbar range); operate pendant cranes (SWL < 1tonne); use laboratory chemicals and cryogens; work with lasers (mW range); work with electrical systems (< 4kV or <600A) and high magnetic fields (< 17T); and, occasionally, work at heights via steps or ladders (< 3m) or in relatively confined space (~2m x 2m floor area), subject to appropriate training.

Desirable:

  • Awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of time-of-flight SANS.
  • Background in biological solution scattering.
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the standard computing languages used within the SANS Team (e.g. Python, Fortran, C/C++, Java, Visual Basic, Labview)
  • Experience of the development and/or control of sample environment equipment or other instrumentation.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Experience/Background in Scattering Instrumentation design and/or build

Contact
How to Apply

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

Website: http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc213757_6167.aspx

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2016.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.

Deadline
15. January 2016
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