[Neutron] Instrument Scientist Position for BEER at ESS

Ken Andersen ken.andersen at esss.se
Mon May 21 13:28:22 CEST 2018

Instrument Scientist for BEER

The Science Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) invites applications for an instrument scientist for the Beamline for European Engineering Research (BEER).

Description of division
The Neutron Instruments Division houses the instrument scientists and post-docs, responsible for designing, constructing and then operating the neutron instruments of the ESS. New designs for a wide range of neutron instruments are in the process of being implemented, optimized to take full advantage of the unique long-pulse time structure of the ESS neutron source. There are currently 15 instruments under construction for ESS, including the BEER diffractometer for engineering and materials diffraction.

Description of main responsibilities
The current position is for one of the two instrument scientists for BEER, a diffractometer for engineering and materials diffraction, optimised for stress-strain mapping of engineering materials, and capable of covering texture and microstructure characterization with neutrons. The immediate mission is to act as the scientific co-lead of the project to design, procure, install and commission the BEER engineering diffractometer. The two lead instrument scientists will work closely with the two lead engineers, forming the core instrument team. It is expected that the instrument project will run until 2022, followed by commissioning and operations, at which stage the mission will be to operate the instrument within the ESS user programme.

BEER is being built as an in-kind contribution from the Nuclear Physics Institute (NPI), Rez, Czech Republic, and the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany. The successful candidate will be primarily based in Lund, but will be part of the team delivering the Czech in-kind contribution to BEER. Frequent travel between NPI and ESS will be required throughout the instrument construction project.

The successful candidate must be active in a scientific field of direct relevance to BEER (materials engineering). He/she will be given the opportunity to develop their own research projects, preferably at operating neutron research centres. Synergies with the neighbouring MAX-IV synchrotron as well as strong links with universities will be encouraged. ESS will support and encourage the candidate to take up an adjunct position at a university in an ESS partner country, in order to facilitate their own research.

Essential qualifications and experience:

  *   PhD in experimental studies in the physical sciences relevant to the BEER scientific programme
  *   Extensive practical experience in neutron or synchrotron x-ray diffraction applied to engineering materials, and in a relevant area of research in materials engineering.
  *   Experience of neutron instrumentation development
  *   Evidence of a strong independent research profile in relevant science areas commensurate with experience
  *   Ability to work collaboratively and individually
  *   Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, ability to interact effectively with staff and users at all levels.
  *   Flexibility to occasional requests to work out-of-hours to support users
  *   Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others
  *   Willingness to international travel, distributing their time between ESS and NPI as required by the project

Desirable experience:

  *   Practical knowledge of other neutron techniques relevant to materials research
  *   Post-doctoral experience involving neutron instrumentation
  *   Practical experience of sample environment development relating to materials research
  *   Experience of working in a project environment
  *   Experience of Monte-Carlo simulation of neutron instruments
  *   Experience of sample environment equipment relevant to materials research
  *   Working knowledge of one or more of the data analysis/visualisation packages used within ESS (e.g. MatLab, Python, Mantid, etc.)
  *   Availability to commence position shortly after appointment (August 2018)

Experience of working in an international environment is preferred and excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite.

Our work environment is characterised by fast growth, fast pace of work, and an international atmosphere with highly skilled personnel. You must therefore enjoy the diversity of such an environment and have a personality suited for the challenges it presents. Our work environment is exciting and forward thinking and relies heavily on personal initiative.

What ESS can offer
ESS can offer you a variety of things, such as passionate colleagues, a vibrant melting pot of diversity, and a challenging and high paced work environment where our employees take great pride in designing and building a world leading facility for materials research.

If you were to join ESS, you would become an important piece of the puzzle, since all our skilled staff are needed in order to fulfill the overall mission. We value and need expertise, innovative minds, great ways of leading and interacting with others, and the ability to work with people regardless of culture and background.

Duration & Location
The position is permanent with a six-month initial probationary period. Your work place will be situated in Lund, Sweden. Significant amounts of travel will be needed during the construction project. The position is to be filled on the 1stof August 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English by going to the ESS recruitment web page https://europeanspallationsource.se/careers/vacancies
then clicking on “apply” and following the instructions. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website or ESS intranet. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply through the intranet.

The deadline for applications is the 3rdof June 2018, and the interviews will take place in Lund, Sweden, between the 11th and the 15th of June.

For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process in general, please follow this link https://europeanspallationsource.se/ess-recruitment-process. <https://europeanspallationsource.se/ess-recruitment-process.>

For further information regarding the open position, please contact Head of Neutron Instruments Division, Ken Andersen, ken.andersen[at]esss.se<http://esss.se>.

For further information regarding the recruitment process for this position, please contact Resourcing Group Leader,  Anne Säfström Lanner, anne.safstromlanner[at]esss.se<http://esss.se>.

For trade union information please contact Unionen / Michela Dell'Anno Boulton at +46 46 888 30 72 or SACO / Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers/ Riccardo Bevilacqua +46 46 888 32 28.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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