Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248643
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 18 March 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £41,988
Grade: RC-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: 18th April 2019


About the role

The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates eight neutron diffraction beamlines, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. In addition, the group is operating a new instrument, IMAT, which provides a unique combination of neutron imaging and diffraction techniques to study scientific disciplines ranging from engineering and earth sciences to bioscience. IMAT has started user operation with neutron imaging in March 2018. The instrument will see a major upgrade with complementary diffraction capabilities from 2020.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group as part of the IMAT team. The role will focus on supporting the user programmes on IMAT and contributing to ongoing equipment development projects (for example, new imaging camera system, image analysis software, and new sample environment devices). You will be strongly encouraged to perform your own independent research programme in the field of materials science using neutron imaging and/or diffraction.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • support the user programme on IMAT: provide support for users from universities and industry
  • pursue independent scientific research using neutron imaging and/or diffraction
  • contribute to the development of the imaging and powder diffraction capabilities on IMAT, and other instruments in the Crystallography Group, including sample environment facilities, and data analysis techniques
  • seek funding for instrument and other equipment upgrades
  • represent and actively work on increasing the user base
  • provide supervision for students and more junior team members
  • conduct and disseminate research via publications and conference presentations
  • conduct tours for visiting scientists and visiting members of the public.

Contacts and Communication.

You will interact extensively with visitors and facility users, both from higher education institutions and from industry. You will be expected to present your scientific work and represent the group at international conferences and meetings.


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 (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a physical science, engineering or related discipline (S)
  • solid scientific background in his/her relevant discipline (S&I)
  • recognised international profile in powder diffraction and/or imaging techniques (publication record) (S&I)
  • noticeable potential of an independent scientific profile in materials science or a related area (S&I)
  • in-depth knowledge of neutron or X-ray image analysis using existing packages for reconstruction, rendering, segmentation, or Bragg edge analysis (S&I)
  • in-depth knowledge of and experience with neutron or X-ray imaging (S&I)
  • good written and oral English language skills, including good presentation skills (S)
  • must be capable of working independently and in small teams (S)
  • ability to communicate results clearly to colleagues and less technically versed audiences (S).


  • research interest in one of the following subjects: engineering materials, metallurgy, microstructures, structural geology (S&I)
  • working experience with programming languages (S&I)
  • user Experience working on beamlines at large scale facilities (S&I)
  • direct hands on experience of operating a neutron or synchrotron instrument (S&I)
  • experience working with complex data analysis and working with large data sets (S&I).


UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

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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