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Muon Instrument Scientist (Radio-Frequency Resonance Techniques for Muons)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, UK
£39,375 - £43,313 (Band D) or £48,802 - £53,682
Posting live until
11 Jul 2024

Job Details

Muon Instrument Scientist (Radio-Frequency Resonance Techniques for Muons)

Salary £39,375 to £53,682 gross per annum dependent on experience (overtime and on call allowances are available for this role)

Hours: Full time or Part time (min 25h)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire


We have an exciting opportunity for a scientist with experience of magnetic resonance, but perhaps new to the muon technique, to join our group. You will be responsible for developing novel radio-frequency (RF) spin resonance techniques for new experimental methods using muons, likely exploiting concepts from NMR and EPR. The role will also require you to take a lead in developing novel instrumentation to support your work. Resonance techniques are already making a valuable contribution in this field; this is therefore an excellent opportunity for you to get involved in state-of-the-art research and to make your mark in this fast-developing field.

You will join us as an Instrument Scientist within ISIS Neutron & Muon Source, a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. 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 for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.

You will work with colleagues developing new experimental techniques and collaborate with research groups coming to ISIS. Working with in-house technicians, you will provide support and scientific guidance to researchers visiting ISIS, to help them get the best from their experiments. You will develop your own research programme (with opportunities for joint supervision of students), take a lead in developing and promoting RF resonance techniques for muon experiments, and publish your work to make an impact in your field.

About you

To succeed in this role, you will be educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in a relevant science area, have a track record of research, and a strong interest in scientific instrumentation. You will be keen to take forward a relevant scientific research programme, which will include the use of muon spectroscopy (and perhaps other techniques) to solve problems in your area of research. You are likely to have some understanding of RF resonance techniques and be able apply them to muon spectroscopy, and be keen to promote resonance techniques to the scientific community.

What we offer

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including:

·      a flexible working scheme

·      a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme

·      30 days annual leave allowance (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days),

·      employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme,

·      excellent learning and development opportunities

How to apply:

For full details on the role, please visit our careers site. Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role. 

Closing Date: 11th July 2024


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

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Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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