04. December 2014 - ISIS
Wish Instrument Scientist
Wish Instrument Scientist
04. December 2014 - ISIS
Wish Instrument Scientist
Wish Instrument Scientist

Didcot, UK


The ISIS Crystallography Group is seeking an Instrument Scientist to support the user programme of powder and single crystal diffraction on WISH (and other diffraction instruments).
We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group to support the user programme of powder and single crystal diffraction on WISH (and other diffraction instruments), contribute to ongoing equipment development projects and perform their own research programme in the field of crystallography.

Description of Institution

The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates 8 neutron diffraction beamlines, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. Of these, the WISH diffractometer is widely recognised as a world-leading facility for studies of the structural and magnetic properties of advanced materials, using both powder and single crystal methods. In addition, the unique capabilities of WISH are increasingly being exploited to probe a diverse range of other scientific problems, including in areas such as catalysis and high pressure studies. Such a wide range of experiments requires a high level of local support and expertise to support visiting research teams. In addition, there is an active programme of developments on WISH to expand its application into new areas and maintain its world leading position. These include the design of novel sample environment devices, including high pressure cells and in-situ studies under high magnetic fields, the development of advanced data analysis methods and software and, in the longer term, the design of new instrumentation.

Job description

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

  • Provide local contact support for users of WISH and other instruments within the Crystallography Group.
  • Contribute to the development of new powder diffraction capabilities at ISIS, including new instrumentation, sample environment facilities and data analysis techniques.
  • Seek funding for instrument and other equipment upgrades.
  • Represent and actively work on increasing the user base.
  • Provide supervision for students and team members (dependent on experience).
  • Conduct and disseminate research via publications and conference presentations.
  • Conduct tours for visiting scientists and visiting members of the public.

Contacts and Communication

The job holder will interact extensively with visitors, predominantly from higher education institutions but also from industry. The successful candidate is expected to present their scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.

Salary: £ 36,033 – 43,164 (depending on experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time

Closing Date: 31st December 2014

Requested Profile



  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a physical science or a related discipline.
  • Recognised international profile in crystallography and/or powder diffraction techniques.


  • Direct hands on experience in running a neutron or synchrotron beamline.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Solid scientific background in his/her relevant discipline.
  • Noticeable potential of an independent scientific profile in crystallography or a related area (publication record).
  • Extensive experience of analysis methods using neutron diffraction or X-ray diffraction.
  • Excellent written skills in English.


  • Experience of neutron or synchrotron instrumentation.
  • Experience of developing new sample environment facilities for neutron diffraction.
  • Experience of data analysis methods for diffraction studies of magnetically ordered materials.
  • Experience with Monte Carlo neutron instrument simulations.
  • Working knowledge of one or more programming languages (e.g. C++, Java, Python).

Personal skill and Qualities


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and individually to support the user community.
  • Excellent oral skills in English.
  • Good presentation skills.

Special Requirements


  • Willing to work in radiation areas (classified radiation status).
  • Willing to work out-of-hours occasionally, at night or weekends.
  • Willing to work in confined spaces (2×2 m^2 floor area).
  • Willing to travel abroad (attend conferences etc.).

How to Apply

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

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