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[SA_Scat] Instrument Scientist for LOKI at ESS

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Instrument Scientist for LOKI
The Science Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) invites applications for an instrument scientist for the LOKI instrument for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS).
Description of division
The Neutron Instruments Division houses the instrument scientists and post-docs, responsible for designing, constructing and then operating the neutron instruments of the ESS. New designs for a wide range of neutron instruments are in the process of being implemented, optimized to take full advantage of the unique long-pulse time structure of the ESS neutron source. There are currently 15 instruments under construction for ESS, of which there are two instruments for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS); LOKI and SKADI.
Description of main responsibilities
The current position will provide support for the lead scientist for LOKI, a high-throughput broadband SANS instrument, optimized for soft matter and life sciences. The immediate mission is to act as the scientific co-lead of the project to design, procure, install and commission the LOKI instrument. The two instrument scientists will work closely with the lead engineer, forming the core instrument team. It is expected that the instrument project will run until 2022, followed by commissioning and operations, at which stage the mission will be to operate the instrument within the ESS user programme.
LOKI is being built as an in-kind contribution from the UK, with the ISIS facility in Oxfordshire identified as the lead partner. The successful candidate will be primarily based ESS in Lund, but frequent travel between ISIS and ESS will be required throughout the instrument construction project.
The position will also require work in support of delivering scientific results for both SANS instruments. This may involve specifying sample environment equipment, software needs and support and coordination with SKADI, the other SANS instrument under construction at ESS.
The successful candidate must be active in a scientific field of direct relevance to LOKI (soft matter, life science, or materials research). The selected candidate will be given the opportunity to develop their own research projects, preferably at operating neutron research centres. Synergies with the neighbouring MAX-IV synchrotron as well as strong links with universities will be encouraged. ESS will support and encourage the candidate to take up an adjunct position at a university in an ESS partner country, in order to facilitate their own research.
Essential qualifications and experience:*             PhD in experimental studies in the natural sciences relevant to the LOKI scientific programme*             Extensive practical experience in neutron or synchrotron x-ray small-angle scattering applied to a scientific area of relevance to LOKI, as well as relevant research experience in that area.*             Experience of neutron instrumentation development*             Evidence of a strong independent research profile in relevant science areas commensurate with experience*             Ability to work collaboratively and individually*             Good interpersonal communication and presentation skills, ability to interact effectively with staff and users at all levels.*             Flexibility to occasional requests to work out-of-hours to support users*             Responsible attitude to personal safety, and the safety of others*             Willingness to international travel, distributing their time between ESS and ISIS as required by the project
Desirable experience:*             Practical knowledge of other neutron techniques relevant to materials research*             Post-doctoral experience involving neutron instrumentation*             Practical experience of sample environment development relating to materials research*             Experience of working in a project environment*             Experience of Monte-Carlo simulation of neutron instruments*             Experience of sample environment equipment relevant to SANS*             Working knowledge of one or more of the data analysis/visualisation packages used within ESS/ISIS (e.g. MatLab, Python, Mantid, etc.)*             Availability to commence position shortly after appointment (September 2018)
Experience of working in an international environment is preferred and excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite.
Our work environment is characterised by fast growth, fast pace of work, and an international atmosphere with highly skilled personnel. You must therefore enjoy the diversity of such an environment and have a personality suited for the challenges it presents. Our work environment is exciting and forward thinking and relies heavily on personal initiative.
What ESS can offer
ESS can offer you a variety of things, such as passionate colleagues, a vibrant melting pot of diversity, and a challenging and high paced work environment where our employees take great pride in designing and building a world leading facility for materials research.
If you were to join ESS, you would become an important piece of the puzzle, since all our skilled staff are needed in order to fulfill the overall mission. We value and need expertise, innovative minds, great ways of leading and interacting with others, and the ability to work with people regardless of culture and background.
Duration & Location
The position is permanent with a six-month initial probationary period. Your work place will be situated in Lund, Sweden. Significant amounts of travel will be needed during the construction project. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.
Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English by going to the ESS recruitment web page https://europeanspallationsource.se/careers/vacancies then selecting this position, clicking on "apply" and following the instructions. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website or ESS intranet. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply through the intranet.
The deadline for applications is the 6th of May, 2018.
For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process in general, please follow this link https://europeanspallationsource.se/ess-recruitment-process.
For further information regarding the open position, please contact Head of Neutron Instruments Division, Ken Andersen, ken.andersen[at]esss.se.
For further information regarding the recruitment process for this position, please contact HR Officer, Tina Nilsson, tina.nilsson[at]esss.se.
For trade union information please contact Unionen / Michela Dell'Anno Boulton at +46 46 888 30 72 or SACO / Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers/ Riccardo Bevilacqua +46 46 888 32 28.
We look forward to receiving your application!
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