Instrument Scientist – Neutron Imaging (IMAT)

£37,789 - £41,988
March 18 2019
Organization Type
All Industry

Instrument Scientist – Neutron Imaging (IMAT)


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot

£37,789 - £41,988

Full time

Open ended


About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI 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. 

ISIS is a world leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering, neutron imaging and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists for research into subjects across physics, chemistry, biology and materials science.

The ISIS Crystallography Group operates several world-class neutron instruments at ISIS ( among them the new and world-unique IMAT neutron tomography and diffraction instrument. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Crystallography Group to help develop the materials science programme on IMAT at ISIS. We study numerous classes of materials, including engineering materials and biological systems, components for energy generation and energy storage, and earth science materials.

About the role

The role will focus on supporting the user programme on IMAT and contributing to ongoing equipment development projects (for example, new sample environment devices). The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to perform his/her own independent research programme in the field of neutron imaging and/or diffraction.

The position offers an excellent opportunity to develop a personal scientific programme and you will be expected to actively seek new collaborations with university and industry partners.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Dr Stephen Hull ( or Dr Winfried Kockelmann (

About you

Minimum qualification is a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a material science/engineering, physical science, or related discipline.

A strong background in imaging techniques using neutron or X-ray methods is essential.

You will be expected to possess a solid scientific background in a relevant discipline.

Experience in the use of central facilities and the proven ability to develop instrumentation and/or data analysis software would be an advantage.

You will also possess excellent written and oral skills in English and must be able to work effectively both on your own and as part of a small team.

What we offer

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.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 18th April 2019.