[Neutron] Group Leader Sample Environment at ESS

Charlotta Olsson Charlotta.Olsson at esss.se
Mon Dec 19 11:20:26 CET 2011

Group Leader - Sample Environment
The Science Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for the position of a "Group Leader - Sample Environment".

Description of department:
The Sample Environment group will be part of the Instrument Support Division under the Science Directorate. The Instrument Support Division provides the technological tools required for the design, construction and operation of the neutron instruments at the ESS. The groups in the Instrument Support Division will undertake development work to ensure that the instruments at ESS are world-leading. 

Description of position/main responsibilities:
The role of the Sample Environment Group will allow future users of ESS to perform neutron scattering experiments subjecting their samples to extreme temperatures, pressures, and fields once ESS delivers the first neutrons in 2019. 
The group will be responsible for preparing and operating the equipment during the course of an experiment along with general maintenance. 
The unique characteristics of ESS will allow new experiments, formerly not possible requiring sample environment that e.g. operate synchronous with the ESS pulse structure. To determine top priorities and future research trends, consultation with different user communities and leading researchers overseas is of paramount importance 
to allow not only high-profile neutron experiments, but also complementary characterisation to be carried out at ESS.

The successful candidate will establish and lead the Sample Environment group at ESS. The Sample Environment group will be responsible for the design, acquisition and commissioning of different kinds of devices and components providing not only high and low temperatures, high magnetic fields, and high pressure but also unique hardware for soft-matter experiments using fast neutron instruments. The candidate will have to liaise with external groups, in-kind contributors, as well as the instruments scientists at ESS in Lund, to establish the framework for the design, acquisition and commissioning of different kind of devices and components with a strong focus on standardisation and automation.
Academic qualification:
Masters degree in physics or any of the natural sciences.
Essential experience:

A minimum of 5 years of experience in using/designing of sample environment, preferably with respect to neutron scattering instruments.
Motivational leadership skills 
Experience of working in an international environment.
Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite; knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage.
Desirable experience:

PhD in physics or any of the natural sciences.
Management of a team of scientist, engineers and technicians; project management incl. budgeting and reporting. 
What ESS can offer

Opportunity to work in an international environment.
A unique opportunity to be involved from an early stage, in the development of a world-leading center for materials research.
Possibility for personnel development.
Relocation assistance as well as family support and language courses are offered.
Duration & Location
Permanent position.
The position will be based at the ESS office in Lund, Sweden.
Start date
To be discussed, but ESS would like to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. 
Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae and covering letter in English by clicking on “apply” and following the instructions.
It is a requirement of our application process that the names and contact details (e-mail address and phone number) of three references be provided.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2012.

The recruitment process is on going and the deadline may be changed. Therefore we recommend that applications are submitted as soon as possible.

Please note we only accept applications via ESS website.

For further information please contact the Head of the Instrumentation Support Division, Dr Oliver Kirstein, oliver.kirstein[at]esss.se or Deputy Director for Science, Dr Dimitri Argyriou, dimitri.argyriou[at]esss.se.  

For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer, Anne Säfström Lanner, anne.safstromlanner[at]esss.se. 

We look forward to receiving your application.

The European Spallation Source ESS AB will design, build and operate a multi-disciplinary, large-scale research infrastructure based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. ESS will provide scientists with unique and powerful neutron scattering instruments for the study of a large range of materials – from polymers and pharmaceuticals to membranes and molecules. The ESS project is partnered by 17 European countries, and hosted by Sweden and Denmark. The ESS will be built in Lund, Sweden, by a collaboration of European scientists and engineers. ESS is planned to produce the first neutrons by 2019. When the facility is in full operation 2025, ESS has around 450 employees.

ESS aim to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of ability and the requirements of the job, and that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Charlotta Olsson
HR Administrator

European Spallation Source ESS AB
P.O Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Stora Algatan 4, Lund

Mobile: +46 767 72 67 07
Phone: +46 46 222 67 07
E-mail: charlotta.olsson at esss.se


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