22. January 2014 - Research Centre for Neutron Science and Technology, CROSS-Tokai
3 Positions: Neutron R&D Division
Instrument Scientists – Neutron Imaging
22. January 2014 - Research Centre for Neutron Science and Technology, CROSS-Tokai
3 Positions: Neutron R&D Division
Instrument Scientists – Neutron Imaging
Research Centre for Neutron Science and Technology, CROSS-Tokai

Tokai, Japan


You are invited to become part of a dynamic new team working at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of J-PARC – one of the world’s leading spallation neutron sources and one of Japan’s premier research facilities.

In its role as the “Registered Institution for Facility Utilization Promotion”, CROSS-Tokai is responsible for managing and supporting the user program on the beamlines that are part of the Public Neutron Beam Facility of J-PARC. The Neutron R&D Division of CROSS-Tokai currently has over 30 research scientists, engineers and technicians dedicated to supporting user operations on the six Public Beamlines at the MLF.

On 1 April 2014, BL22 – a newly-constructed energy-resolved neutron imaging beamline – will become the seventh Public Beamline at the MLF and CROSS-Tokai will assume responsibility for the user program there.

With this exciting new addition, CROSS-Tokai is looking to appoint three (3) talented and motivated scientists to participate in the development and operation of this state-of-the-art instrument and to provide support to external users of the beamline.

In addition to beamline duties, the successful candidates will be expected to conduct a high-quality research program, in collaboration with Japanese universities, industry and overseas scientists in a field related to or making use of advanced neutron imaging techniques…

Description of Institution

As the world’s first dedicated pulsed-neutron imaging beamline, BL22 has been designed and constructed to give leading-edge performance in a variety of imaging modalities.

Using the characteristic properties of pulsed neutrons, the beamline is optimised for high-efficiency and high-precision 3D visualization of materials using energy-resolved techniques such as Bragg-edge, resonance absorption and polarized neutron imaging. These techniques have broad application in a wide range of research fields including materials and engineering science where they have been shown to be useful for measurements such as:

  • Crystallographic stress/strain and texture mapping;
  • Element/isotope specific imaging;
  • Thermal gradient mapping; and,
  • Magnetic field imaging.

Similarly, BL22 is capable of non-destructive 2D and 3D imaging of materials using large area, high spatial resolution neutron radiography and tomography.

Job description

We are looking to appoint one (1) suitably qualified candidate at the level of Senior or Associate Scientist to work in the role of Beamline Group Leader.

Two (2) early-career positions are available at the level of Research Scientist.

Salary and conditions will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Starting Date: 1 April 2014 (or as soon as possible thereafter by arrangement).

Term of Appointment: All positions are continuing for as long as CROSS-Tokai remains the Registered Institution for the Public Neutron Beam Facility at J-PARC.

Requested Profile

Successful candidates will have (or expect to receive by the end of July 2014) a PhD in condensed-matter physics, chemistry, materials science or a related area, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in teams.

Experience at large-scale research facilities such as neutron or synchrotron sources would be an advantage.


Dr Jun-ichi Suzuki


Head, Neutron R&D Division


How to Apply

Send an email to CROSS-Tokai Recruitment at for instructions on how to submit you application.

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