The ISIS Large Scale Structures Group is seeking an Instrument Scientist to support the science programme on the Surf neutron reflectometer and more widely within the group.
SURF is a high throughput neutron reflectometer designed for the study of free liquid surfaces, soft matter and materials science. It is situated on the ISIS First Target station and has been operating since 1995. The instrument has a wide ranging science program and serves a large community of both UK and international users.
SURF is a world class instrument which delivers a high flux and broad simultaneous wavelength band (0.55-6.5Å).
The Large Scale Structures Group provides neutron scattering facilities and expertise for the study of surface and interfacial phenomena across 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 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 SURF instrument. The position represents an excellent opportunity to develop both collaborative and personal scientific research programmes exploiting the capabilities of neutron reflectometry in the areas of hard/soft condensed matter or the life sciences. In addition to assisting with the development and running of SURF the successful candidate will be expected to develop the user community and deliver new scientific capabilities to the LSS instrument suite through contributions to sample environment or software.
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 SURF. 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.
Salary: £ 28,383 – 43,164 (depending on experience)
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st December 2014
Knowledge and Experience
Personal skill and Qualities
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