The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
The ISIS neutron source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links.
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. In addition, the group has an extensive programme of developments to expand the application of the neutron diffraction technique into new areas, including advanced instrumentation, novel sample environment devices and innovative data analysis methods.
The importance of local structure and disorder within crystalline materials is being increasingly recognised as a key property of many functional materials. From negative thermal expansion to solid state amorphisation and from the ‘nanoscale’ problem to improved fuel cell technology, a clear picture of the local atomic structure is essential to understanding these phenomena, solving the associated problems and identifying new routes to improved materials for technological applications.
The use of total neutron scattering methods, an extension of the powder diffraction method, is being increasingly exploited to study crystalline materials, since the unique combination of Bragg and diffuse scattering can be used to determine both the average structure and the short-range fluctuations from this average picture within a single experiment. With its advanced powder diffractometers, including the recently upgraded POLARIS instrument, ISIS has now established a reputation as the world-leading facility to perform total neutron scattering experiments and provide detailed characterization of disordered crystalline materials.
We are looking to appoint a highly motivated scientist to a two year postdoctoral research position at ISIS. The principal duties are to work with the instrument team on POLARIS to develop software for the analysis of total neutron scattering data and realise the potential of the instrument for world class research on disordered crystalline materials. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out high quality research to probe the role of local structure on the properties of energy materials using this technique, driven by their own ideas and in collaboration with members of the Crystallography Group and Chalmers University. The role will involve regular visits to Gothenburg, Sweden to collaborate with Chalmers University staff.
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An excellent index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.
Salary and contract conditions
Minimum qualifications are a degree in a materials science or related discipline and to have, or about to receive, a PhD in a related discipline. A strong background in crystallography and/or total scattering techniques using neutron or x-ray analysis would be an advantage.
You are expected to possess a solid scientific background in your relevant discipline. Experience in the use of central facilities and/or the proven ability to develop data analysis software would be an advantage.
You should possess excellent written and oral skills in English and must be able to work effectively both on your own and as part of a small team.
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Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc183453_5198.aspx and submit your CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.
The closing date for applications is 6 April 2015. Interview date 29 April 2015.