[Neutron] BNC job opening - TOF Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist

Bottyán László bottyan.laszlo at wigner.hu
Thu Mar 24 16:30:34 CET 2022

Dear Colleagues, please forward the following job opening in Budapest to 
those who may be interested.

Best regards,  BNC Management

The Neutron Spectroscopy Department of the Centre for Energy Research is 
opening a tenure-track position for a TOF Neutron Scattering Instrument 

The Centre for Energy Research is the host institute for the Budapest 
Neutron Centre (BNC) and is responsible for the operation of the Budapest 
Research Reactor, providing a source of neutrons, together with analytical 
instrument suites and staff, for the investigation of the structure and 
composition of condensed matter.

The BNC is the largest research infrastructure in Hungary and also in 
Central Europe. It operates an international user program with access to 
14 neutron beam instruments. The BNC is a respected member of the European 
research network, and its staff conduct high-impact multidisciplinary 

The BNC’s TOF-ND is a general-purpose thermal neutron time-of-flight 
diffractometer, also potentially able to perform inelastic neutron 
scattering experiments. We are looking for an instrument scientist to 
conduct user experiments and further develop the instrument, whilst also 
undertaking his/her own programme of research.

Duration of employment:
The position is initially offered for a fixed-term of three years, with 
the possibility of being subsequently extended into permanent position.

Form of employment: full-time

Place of work: Konkoly-Thege Miklós Street 29-33.,
                1121 Budapest, Hungary

Essential tasks of the job:
The successful candidate will be responsible for the operation of the 
TOF-ND, performing user experiments, carrying out experimental data 
reduction, and participating in the interpretation of results. The 
post-holder will also contribute to developing concepts for a major 
upgrade of the instrument including guide and chopper systems, shielding, 
installation of the inelastic scattering setup, and improvement of the 
instrument control and the data reduction software etc. They will also be 
required to carry out their own research in material science and/or 
neutron optics.

-	interest in experimental and developmental work
-	experience in diffraction and/or neutron instrumentation
-	ability to work precisely, and undertake independent work
-	good teamwork skills
-	degree in natural sciences (preferably PhD)
-	good knowledge of written and spoken English
-	no criminal record

- experience with time-of-flight neutron data analysis
- existing field of research in neutron/X-ray diffraction
- proficiency in data processing of diffraction measurements (Rietveld, RMC)
- experience with instrument control
- knowledge of programming languages (C++, Python, LabView)

Documents and certificates to be submitted upon application:
Applicants are requested to submit a CV, a cover letter, copies of their 
degree certificates, and up to four letters of recommendation, together 
with written consent that their personal data may be obtained by the 
evaluating committee in connection with their application.

Application deadline:
The position will remain open until filled. 
Applications submitted until 30 April, 2022 will be evaluated together by 
a three-member committee of experts.
Deadline for evaluation of the applications: 15 May, 2022
Starting date: 1 June 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter

For more information on the application please contact Dr Zoltán Dudás at 
+36 1 392-2222 ext.1849 or dudas.zoltan at ek-cer.hu


On Sun, 26 Sep 2021, Bottyán László wrote:

> Dear Interested Colleagues, Students, Applicants,
> The deadline for registration for BNC school on neutron techniques (CETS 
> 2021) has been extended to
>    1 October, 2021  12:00 (sharp)
> Please follow the instructions at www.bnc.hu/cets to register for the event.
> BNC's 14th Central European Training School (CETS 2021) on Neutron Techniques 
> will be organized in hybrid mode this automn. A virtual (on-line) theory 
> module between 4 to 8 October will be followed by an (off-line, in-person) 
> hands-on training module between 25 to 28 October, 2021. Both courses are 
> open to international attendees. The language of the course(s) is English. 
> The detailed program, names of the lecturers and course material for the 
> hands-on-training are available at www.bnc.hu/cets
> The in-person hands-on training is limited to 25 participants, who attended 
> the theory module. A single application form applies to both courses at 
> www.bnc.hu/cets. To attend both modules, please tick "(online) theretical and 
> hands-on training".
> Upon registration the organizers request your CV and publication list. You 
> are also encouraged to submit an abstract on your own research. This latter 
> is not compulsory, but will be an advantage in assessment. The abstract book 
> (with ISBN number) will be published by BNC.
> Hungarian and international applicants who reside in Hungary are particularly 
> encouraged to apply for the hands-on training.
> From this year on the combined theory + hands-on training course is 
> accredited by the Doctoral School of Physics of Eötvös Loránd University, 
> Budapest and the Doctoral School of Physical Sciences of Budapest University 
> of Technology and Economics. Please consult the respective doctoral school 
> for further details.
> Prior to the in-person training a more than 15 and less than 180-days old 
> full vaccination certificate is to be presented. Moreover, the admission to 
> the in-person course will be limited to attendees and tutors producing a 
> negative fast antigen test (provided by BNC) on 25 October, the first day of 
> the training course.
> No restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are in effect in Hungary at 
> present, and, apart from possible face-mask wearing mandate and the 
> well-known rules of social distancing, no restrictions are foreseen around 
> 25-28 October, either. However, the consequences of unforeseen travel 
> restrictions and quarantine measures, which can not be excluded in that 
> period will remain at the risk of the attendees. We will keep you informed 
> about the actual COVID-19 situation on the BNC web pages (www.bnc.hu). 
> International candidates please regularly consult the web pages of the 
> Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in your country concerning the Hungarian 
> regulations that apply to your country of residence.
> More details on the upcoming and past CETS events are availaible on the BNC 
> web pages at www.bnc.hu/cets where a CETS 2021 flyer is also available. 
> Should there have remained any further questions, please do not hesitate to 
> contact us at the school address below.
> Apologies to those colleagues who receive this email in multiple copies.
> Please kindly distribute this information through your own channels.
> Best regards,
> CETS Organizers
> Adél Len
> Katalin Bajnok
> Rózsa Baranyai
> László Bottyán
> mailto:cets at bnc.hu

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