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Muon Instrument Scientist

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Do you want to be part of a specialist group undertaking world-class condensed matter science using muons? Do you have an interest in supporting and developing an active community of academic and industrial researchers? We are a small team looking for two people to join us.

You will join the ISIS Muon Group and be working at the ISIS Neutron & Muon Source, a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials at the atomic scale.

We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists carrying out a wide range of research. Our work encompasses fundamental studies of magnetism and superconductivity, clean energy research, semiconductor characterisations and investigations of molecular systems (including work on catalysis). Elemental analysis is a growing application, now finding use in areas such as advanced engineering and cultural heritage.

About the role

In your role as an Instrument Scientist you will be:

  • Providing a high level of local expertise to support visiting research teams using our muon spectrometers.
  • Contributing to an active programme of scientific and technological development, including the development of the facility instruments.
  • Building relationships with key partners and staff, and working collaboratively to support the team and the user community
  • Developing your own research programme, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and giving talks at international conferences.

To find out more about the life as a muon instrument scientist visit , where Koji Yokoyama tells us about his journey into muon research.

To succeed in this role, you will need a PhD in a relevant science area (if you are close to finishing your PhD we are keen to hear from you). You may already have experience of using the muon technique in your research, or you might have worked in a similar area, such as NMR or EPR, or have experience of another large facility or spectroscopic technique.

We are particularly keen to hear from people interested in making a significant contribution to major projects the group is currently undertaking. This might include taking the lead in commissioning the forthcoming Super-MuSR spectrometer, developing novel instrumentation or researching advanced data analysis techniques.

What we offer

An outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance, flexible working, an onsite nursery, gym and sports facilities, a subsidised restaurant and access to other employee benefits. A relocation allowance may also be available. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

The deadline for applications is the 4th January 2022 and these can be made online. For further information about the position, please contact