[Neutron] MAPS instrument scientist vacancy at ISIS

Russell Ewings - STFC UKRI russell.ewings at stfc.ac.uk
Tue Apr 11 13:01:15 CEST 2023

We have a vacancy for an instrument scientist in the Excitations group at ISIS, to work on the MAPS spectrometer. This would be a permanent appointment. Full details can be found at https://www.careersportal.co.uk/UKRI-careers/jobs/isis-excitations-group-maps-instrument-scientist-3070. Applications are by CV and cover letter, outlining your suitability for the role, and must be submitted via the careersportal website. The closing date is 30th April. Informal enquiries can be directed to Russell Ewings (russell.ewings[AT]stfc.ac.uk).

The particulars of the role are as follows:

Salary: £31,931 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £2000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

About the role:
We are looking to recruit an instrument scientist to work on the MAPS spectrometer, one of the suite of instruments operated by the ISIS Excitations group. The role is varied, and includes supporting and collaborating with users to run inelastic neutron scattering experiments as well as conducting your own research program on instruments at ISIS and other neutron sources. You will work with international teams and will be involved with experiments covering a wide range of scientific research subject areas.
The duties of the position include:
·       Conduct a scientific research program that includes the use of the spectrometers in the group (MARI, MAPS, MERLIN and LET) as well as other instruments at ISIS and other neutron sources.
·       Help guide the scientific program on the group's instruments.
·       Provide support to users on MAPS, from proposal submission through experimental time to data analysis, as well as being responsible for the safety, maintenance, and calibration of MAPS
·       Contribute to developments and improvements on MAPS, including on the instrument itself, sample environment and data reduction and analysis methods.
·       Provide occasional support to users on the other instruments in the group when experiments in which you have a strong scientific interest are being conducted on them.
·       Participate fully in the scientific life of the Excitations group, as well as that of the facility more widely.
·       Represent the group's interests on occasion at meetings with internal and external collaborators.
·       Promotion of the Excitations group's capabilities with new user groups and communities, with a view to grow the user base, especially on MAPS.

About you:
We are looking for someone with relevant research experience, particularly using inelastic neutron scattering. You will work well in a collaborative environment, and will have broad interests in order to work effectively with our users. You will have lots of ideas for your own research, and will be able to communicate this with clarity and enthusiasm.
About us:
The ISIS Neutron & Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials at the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.
The Excitations Group at ISIS operates four world-class inelastic neutron spectrometers; MARI, MAPS, MERLIN and LET. They are used for investigations of the dynamics of materials covering timescales from the femto-second to the nano-second range. Materials studied include quantum magnets, low-dimensional magnetic materials and molecular magnets; thermoelectrics; calorics; superconductors; and many other kinds of functional materials.
The ISIS Excitations group are committed to becoming a diverse team. We encourage interest and applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Dr. Russell Ewings
Diffraction and Muons Division Head
ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 01235 445896


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