STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255118
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38969 - £43300
Date Posted 12 October 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 November 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £38,969 - £43,300 (plus £3,000 Recruitment and retention Allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th November

ISIS is the spallation neutron source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. The accelerator facility delivers high intensity proton beams to two target stations to generate neutrons for condensed matter research. Operation and development of the accelerators requires advanced knowledge of beam dynamics and high levels of beam control. The Synchrotron group is looking for an accelerator physicist to join the team to undertake a substantial role in accelerator physics R&D and design work for next generation accelerator facilities, as well as supporting ISIS operations and developments.

List of Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the accelerator physics R&D program, undertake research into high intensity proton beams. Apply results to optimisation of the existing and future machines
  • Learn how to operate the ISIS accelerator facilities and then join the team in setting up the high intensity beams for each user run. Involvement in experimental studies
  • Contribute to the ISIS II upgrade accelerator physics project designing new machines
  • Produce reports, publications and present work at both internal, external and international events
  • Willingness to travel to conferences and for collaboration work both within the UK and internationally
  • To be able to work outside normal hours and be willing to take part in “on call” work as an when required
  • Work will also involve occasional time in radiation areas requiring the candidate to be a classified radiation worker.

Personal Skills and Attributes

The candidate is expected to be highly motivated and able to work individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team with excellent written and oral communication skills. Work will require the ability to understand and solve challenging technical problems. Staff management and project management experience would be beneficial. Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.


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 www.ukri.org.

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

Essential:

  • Good BSc or MPhys degree in physics
  • PhD in relevant accelerator physics topics, or equivalent expertise
  • Good knowledge of accelerator physics and related basic physics
  • Relevant experience and demonstrated skills on practical or simulation physics R&D projects
  • Good numerical and programming skills
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for physics, particularly accelerator physics
  • Ability to understand and solve challenging technical problems
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Be or become a classified radiation worker
  • Willingness to occasionally work overtime or extended hours and to be “on-call” to support ISIS when suitably trained
  • Participate in an on call rota
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels
  • Willingness to travel overseas to attend conferences and workshops and present research material
  • Microsoft Office literate.

Desirable:

  • Experience in beam operations and optimization at an accelerator facility
  • Experience with, and responsibility for developing, accelerator physics R&D projects
  • Working knowledge and skills in programming languages: e.g. FORTRAN, Python, C++
  • Experience with beam dynamics, EM simulation and modelling codes
  • Demonstrated skills in experimental work, including real world acquisition of data and its interpretation, beam measurements
  • Knowledge of beam dynamics issues for high intensity hadron beams
  • Staff management experience
  • Resource and project management skills.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • Good BSc or MPhys degree in physics
  • PhD in relevant accelerator physics topics, or equivalent expertise
  • Good knowledge of accelerator physics and related basic physics
  • Relevant experience and demonstrated skills on practical or simulation physics R&D projects
  • Good numerical and programming skills
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for physics, particularly accelerator physics
  • Ability to understand and solve challenging technical problems
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Be or become a classified radiation worker
  • Willingness to occasionally work overtime or extended hours and to be “on-call” to support ISIS when suitably trained
  • Participate in an on call rota
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels
  • Willingness to travel overseas to attend conferences and workshops and present research material
  • Microsoft Office literate.

Desirable:

  • Experience in beam operations and optimization at an accelerator facility
  • Experience with, and responsibility for developing, accelerator physics R&D projects
  • Working knowledge and skills in programming languages: e.g. FORTRAN, Python, C++
  • Experience with beam dynamics, EM simulation and modelling codes
  • Demonstrated skills in experimental work, including real world acquisition of data and its interpretation, beam measurements
  • Knowledge of beam dynamics issues for high intensity hadron beams
  • Staff management experience
  • Resource and project management skills.

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.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list.

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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