Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252433
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £42576
Date Posted 15 January 2020
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 14 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459 or £38,318 - £42,576 (depending on grade and experience)
Grade: Band D or Band E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3.5 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 14th February 2020

Band D
A research position is now available to develop infrastructures for the ISIS facility, for sodium battery material and whole cell characterisation as part of the Faraday Institution NEXGENNA sodium battery consortium. You will be expected to lead the development of a new generation of in-situ and in-operando sample environment apparatus for the ISIS and DLS beamlines.

You will work with ISIS engineers, beam line scientists, NEXGENNA grant stakeholders and CoI's to determine the infrastructure and sample environments required to tackle the characterisation challenges of the NEXGENNA community, then design sample environments to meet these challenges.

You will travel to each of the NEXGENNA partners to discuss their individual challenges for materials characterisation and will then lead the subsequent design, construction, commission and use of new sample environment for in-situ and in-operando experimentation, on battery materials and systems on ISIS neutron beamlines. This will require you to lead the design of apparatus, project manage construction and undertake apparatus development, testing and optimisation ahead of carrying out experiments on a variety of ISIS and Diamond Light Source (DLS) beamlines including diffraction, PDF, spectroscopy and quasi elastic neutron scattering  beamlines.

In addition, you will lead NEXGENNA experimentation (at DLS and ISIS) including writing beam time proposals, design of experiments to optimise characterisation studies, carrying out in-situ and in-operando experiments with multiple, simultaneous characterisation processes, analyse data and prepare manuscripts for publication for in high impact journals. You will be expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and to present results at national and international conferences.

Band E

In addition to the above you will be project manager, first point of contact and large-facility characterisation expert for the NEXGENNA consortium and will be responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and testing of new sample environment, including all safety and COSHH requirements. You will be also expected to lead any larger infrastructure projects undertaken for the NEXGENNA community.

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 and Interview Criteria


  • A degree and PhD in the fields of chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering (or equivalent)
  • Experience and expertise in the use of and analysis of data from multiple analytical techniques for materials characterisation, including diffraction, spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques
  • Experience and/or expertise in the use of neutron beamlines
  • Ability to communicate well with scientists and engineers.


  • Previous experience in the use of neutron or X-ray instrumentation
  • Freedom to travel across the UK, liaising with project partners
  • Experience and/or expertise in the field of batteries and/or ionic conducting materials
  • Experience and/or expertise in the design and construction of instrumentation sample environment
  • Ability to work well as part of a small, focused team
  • Experience and/or expertise in the use of Rietveld techniques for data analysis
  • Experience and/or expertise in the use QENS.

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.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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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