ISIS vacancy - Instrument scientist - Molecular Sciences Group (Q
Howells, WS (Spencer)
S.Howells at rl.ac.uk
Thu Feb 20 10:56:47 CST 2003
An instrument scientist is to be appointed to support the scientific
programme in the Molecular Sciences Group at the ISIS pulsed neutron
facility. ISIS is the world's most intense source of pulsed neutrons. Its
suite of 18 neutron instruments provides the UK and the international
research community with access to unrivalled instrumentation for condensed
matter research across many scientific disciplines: Physics, Chemistry,
Materials, Biosciences and Earth Sciences.
The scientist appointed will provide scientific direction to the
exploitation of two backscattering spectrometers, IRIS and OSIRIS. He/she
will introduce modern research themes and develop experimental techniques in
order to better serve and broaden the scientific community and in this
context the appointee is expected to develop a personal scientific
programme. The scientist will also support the external user programme of
elastic and inelastic experiments on the instruments.
Develop the spectrometer by:
* Upgrading beamline components;
* Introducing novel experimental applications;
* Developing new data analysis programs and instrument calibration
Operation of the spectrometer.
* Usually in the role of a local contact, see below, working with
visiting scientists on an approved experimental programme.
Maintain the spectrometer by:
* Regular calibration of the instrument using established routines;
* General fault recognition and location;
* Supervision of repair work;
* Updating the instrument manual;
* Providing statistics of spectrometer performance.
Publicising the results of the work by:
* Writing progress reports and scientific papers;
* Making oral presentations at conferences and meetings.
Local contacting at ISIS involves working closely with the scientists who
use the instruments. ISIS attracts over one thousand visiting scientists
from the UK and overseas universities and industry each year. These
visitors, from professors to research students, cover the whole range of
scientific disciplines. In many cases local contacting leads to scientific
collaboration and publication. Each experiment typically lasts a few days.
The specific responsibilities are:
* To ensure that the spectrometer is operated in a safe and efficient
* To demonstrate both hardware and software aspects of the instrument;
* In general to assist in the execution of the scientific program;
* To advise on the interpretation of data.
Own Research Programme
Conduct a research programme by:
* Proposing and performing experiments, principally on ISIS
instruments and, to a lesser extent, at other institutions;
* Publishing regularly in scientific journals;
* Attending scientific conferences and giving oral presentations;
* Participating in the scientific life of ISIS in particular and the
CCLRC in general.
Qualification and experience
The appointee will hold a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline and will
have significant postdoctoral research experience. It is likely that much of
this experience will include the exploitation of the most modern
quasielastic neutron instrumentation. However applications from qualified
and enthusiastic scientists with other relevant experience are positively
Salary will be between either £26,190 and £36,010 or £20,630 and £28,370.
Salary on appointment is awarded according to relevant experience. An index
linked pension scheme, flexible working hours and a generous leave allowance
For further details, please contact Dr J Tomkinson, Group Leader of the
Molecular Sciences Group, email J.Tomkinson at rl.ac.uk
All application forms must be returned by 7 March 2003.
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