Instrument Scientist (Muons)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell, Didcot
£30,056 - £41,572 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
05 Apr 2017
05 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Instrument Scientist (Muons) – IRC240811
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Salary £30,056 - £41,572 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Full Time

About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments allows the properties of materials to be understood at the atomic scale, and the muon technique is used for studies in areas such as magnetism, superconductivity, battery materials, and molecular and chemical systems.

About The Role
We are now recruiting for an Instrument Scientist within the ISIS muon group to support visiting scientists in their research, to maintain and develop the muon instrumentation, and to develop a personal and collaborative research programme in this exciting area of experimental science.

You will be a full member of the muon group and be expected to work with the other group members developing aspects of the muon technique or muon instrumentation. You will liaise closely with ISIS technical and support groups as experiments are carried out.

You will work with visiting scientists to ensure they gain the most from their muon experimental time. This will involve liaison prior to the experiment, proactive support during visits and subsequent help with data analysis.

You will be supporting and developing one of the muon instruments, scheduling accepted proposals and helping to ensure the spectrometer is calibrated and ready for user experiments.

Successful applicants will be appointed at either Band D or Band E of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You
A degree or equivalent qualification in a physical science is essential for this role as well as having a PhD, or about to receive a PhD, in a relevant science area.

You will have relevant scientific research experience, including publication record reflecting a strong personal and collaborative science programme, likely gained and arising from PhD work. You will want to develop a career in experimental science, and already have experience of scientific instrumentation beyond that of end-user. You may have experience of the muon technique; however, applications are also welcome from those with experience of other magnetic resonance methods and/or spectroscopic techniques.

You will be self-motivated and an effective organiser, and have good interpersonal skills to interact with group members and visiting researchers. You will also be able to explain scientific concepts to those less familiar.

An excellent index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working is offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 22nd May 2017 with interviews scheduled for 16th June 2017.