Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248622
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 26 March 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 26 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 - £32,997
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years)
Hours: Full Time - part time considered (minimum 30 hours a week)
Closing Date: 26th April 2019


An applied physicist is required for a two year fixed term post to contribute to the development of scintillation detectors at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

The ISIS Neutron and 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 thirty-seven instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic and molecular scale. At the heart of each of these instruments is a dedicated detector system which is tailored to meet the diverse range of instrument requirements. 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 nano technology and materials engineering.

Research, design, development, production, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the ISIS detector systems is organised and carried out by the ISIS Neutron Detector Group. Due the rapid increase in both the scale and the variety of detector requirements, this Group is now seeking an applied physicist to contribute to the development of neutron scintillation detectors for reflectometry applications.

List of Duties/Work Programme /Responsibilities

You will build on the success obtained to date with wavelength shifting fibre detectors and will be responsible for the development of a scintillation detector for neutron reflectometry, which is being carried out as part of the SINE 2020 detector work package. Following on from the end of the SINE 2020 programme in September 2019, you will oversee the production, testing installation and commissioning of one or more of these detectors to meet the needs of the neutron reflectometers at ISIS.

Specific tasks will include the following:

  • work with the ISIS detector group members, instrument scientists, design engineers, electronics engineers and experimental operations team members to determine detector specifications and constraints
  • contribute to the design and assembly of scintillation detectors
  • evaluate the performance of critical detector components including, scintillators, wave length shifting fibres,reflectors, and photomultiplier tubes
  • determine the performance of detectors, using neutron and gamma sealed sources and ISIS beam lines
  • evaluate neutron detector efficiency, gamma sensitivity, rate capability and position resolution
  • contribute to the development of appropriate signal processing methods to optimise detector performance
  • analyse experimental data
  • present results to members of the detector group, instrument scientists and engineers and at conferences and workshops
  • fully embrace the STFC safety culture in all aspects of work
  • work with ionising radiation in carrying out detector and detector component evaluation
  • work outside normal working hours when required in order to make effective use of ISIS.

Contacts and Communication

Your immediate line manager will be the detector Group’s scintillation detector specialist.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experiance

  • degree in Applied Physics or related subject or appropriate experience (S)
  • knowledge of radiation detectors (S&I)
  • tenacity and determination to pursue experimental development programmes and an innovative and analytical approach to problem solving (I)
  • ability to work as part of a multi disciplinary team (I)
  • good oral communication skills (I)
  • good written communication skills (S)
  • good hand skills for manipulating small, fragile components (I)
  • experience in designing and/or evaluating the performance of small-scale prototype equipment for research and development programmes (S&I)
  • familiarity with the performance and evaluation of different types of radiation detectors (S&I)
  • experience or interest in detector electronics for processing small, fast signals (S&I)
  • experience in computing for data analysis, writing reports and presentation of results (S&I).

Special requirements

Willing and able to:

  • work with ionising radiation (S&I)
  • work outside normal working hours on occasion to maximise detector development beam time and to support the detector maintenance programme (S&I)
  • access all ISIS instrument areas, including walkways and work at height (S&I).


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • PhD in detector physics or related subject (S)
  • ability to priorities workload, purse several tasks concurrently and switch emphasis as the satiation demands (I)
  • knowledge and/or experience in the development of neutron detectors (S&I)
  • knowledge and/or experience in the development of scintillation detectors (S&I)
  • knowledge and/or experience in designing electronics for radiation detectors (S&I)
  • ability to write software for data analysis and/or to simulate performance of detector and detector electronics (S&I)

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To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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