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Postdoctoral Researcher / Neutron Imaging

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Postdoctoral Researcher / Neutron Imaging

Salary: £48,802 per annum

Hours: Full time

Contract Type: Fixed term (2 years) 

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.


As part of a recently started collaboration between the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland, relating to the development of new techniques for neutron imaging has been devised. This work package includes funding for a postdoctoral researcher, to develop energy-selective neutron imaging at both ISIS and PSI.

About us

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of over 30 neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on 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.

About the role

You will join the Engineering and Imaging Group at ISIS, which operates the neutron tomography instrument IMAT. As part of your role, you will seek to further ‘spectroscopic neutron imaging’ by utilising wavelength-dependent dependencies in interactions of neutrons with materials. You will be tasked with refining these capabilities, working closely with researchers from IMAT and the Advanced Materials Group at PSI, two established facilities for neutron imaging. With a keen focus on technical advancements, you will actively engage in hands-on work on instruments at ISIS and PSI.

This project can potentially improve quantitative image analysis for facility user projects, especially those involving imaging of hydrogen and fluids, such as water distribution in fuel cells, reactions of hydrogenous gases in catalytic converter materials, and many more.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

  • Develop energy-resolved neutron imaging using a new imaging camera system;
  • Demonstrate feasibility and conduct high-quality research using the new techniques in a relevant science area;
  • Write beamtime applications for facility access at ISIS and PSI;
  • Disseminate research via reports, publications and conference presentations.

Essential criteria:

  • PhD (or thesis submitted) or equivalent degree in a material science, engineering science, physical science, or related discipline;
  • Proven scientific or technical background in relevant field;
  • Working experience of imaging with neutrons or X-rays, and analysis of large data sets;
  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal to publish and present research to a science audience.

Special Requirements

The role will include occasional UK and overseas travel, including to PSI in Switzerland.

Employee Benefits:

STFC offers our staff a wide range of excellent non-paying employee benefits, including but not limited to:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days);
  • Flexible working hours;
  • An excellent average salary pension scheme;
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts;
  • 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: 31st 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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