04. December 2014 - ISIS
Polarised Neutrons Scientist
Polarised Neutrons Scientist
04. December 2014 - ISIS
Polarised Neutrons Scientist
Polarised Neutrons Scientist

Didcot, UK


The Excitations & Polarized Neutron Group at ISIS is seeking an Instrument Scientist to work with the polarized neutron facilities at ISIS, to provide polarized neutron capability on several instruments at ISIS – including LET, WISH, and LARMOR on the ISIS 2nd target station.

Description of Institution

Much of this work will be based on the use of 3He neutron spin filters, and will involve the development of; optical pumping techniques; 3He cell materials; magnetic field environments; computer control and interfacing; reduction and analysis software ISIS is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3He filling station capable of providing on-beam 3He neutron spin-filters with > 70% polarization. In addition,the polarized neutron section has developed an in-situ 3He polarizer, and several magnetic holding field devices, including a version of PASTIS for the LET spectrometer. The instrument scientist for polarized neutrons will also be expected to provide experimental support to ISIS users during their diffraction / spectroscopy experiments using a range of experimental techniques for polarization analysis.

In addition to a suite of 28 neutron and muon instruments, 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.

Job description

List of Duties / Work Programme/ Responsibilities

The duties of the Instrument Scientist for Polarized Neutrons will include:

  • To provide scientific and technical support to scientific visitors to ISIS both using, and developingpolarized neutron techniques
  • To work as part of a team to develop novel instrumentation, techniques and software
  • To conduct an active programme of research at ISIS

Salary: £28,383 to £43,164
Grade: D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time

Closing Date: 31 December 2014

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

Requested Profile

Shortlisting Criteria


  • PhD (or equivalent) in physics
  • Several years post-doctoralexperience in a research environment (Band E level) – or early stage (recentPhD completion) researchers considered (Band D level)
  • Research experience in eithermagnetism, crystallography, molecular spectroscopy, disordered materials orsoft matter
  • The ability and drive to pursuean independent research programme
  • Previous experience of polarizedneutron scattering experiments
  • Interest in the development ofnovel polarized neutron instrumentation and techniques
  • Experience of data analysistechniques, data visualization software and computer programming


  • Good publication record
  • Experience of seeking researchfunding

Interview Criteria


  • Ability to work both as part ofa team, and with a high degree of autonomy
  • Excellent written, oral andinterpersonal communication skills
  • A high degree ofresponsibility, commitment and reliability
  • 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 strategicawareness (particularly that associated with the neutron scattering landscape)in the UK, Europe and beyond
  • Good organizational, people management and project management skills

How to Apply

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

31. December 2014
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