Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245893
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 12 July 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 - £32,997
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 Years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th July 2018


About us:

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists. Artemis is the CLF’s facility for ultrafast laser and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) science, using XUV pulses produced through high harmonic generation. A key science area for Artemis is time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy using high harmonics, where we have many successful experiments on materials including graphene and topological insulators. We are now upgrading Artemis with a 100 kHz IR laser system, and developing new experiments to exploit the higher repetition rate and possibility to generate XUV pulses at higher photon energy.

About the role:

The CLF is now seeking an individual with a background in ultrafast science to work as an Experimental Scientist on Artemis. Working as part of a small team of scientists and engineers, you will be developing and carrying out experiments in time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (angle-resolved photoemission and electron time-of-flight) using high harmonics. Approximately half of your time will be spent working with university research group who are using the facility, by preparing experiments and assisting in the lab. The other half of your time will be spent designing and building a new beamline for condensed matter experiments with high harmonics at 100 kHz.

You will be encouraged to maintain and develop collaborations to sustain your own scientific research, to write papers, apply for facility beamtime and to attend and present at conferences.

Specific Duties:

  • commissioning a beamline for time-resolved photoemission experiments with high harmonics at 100 kHz
  • contributing to experiments carried out on Artemis by carrying out detailed technical planning, maintaining and modifying UHV end-stations and then working with the university groups and the Artemis team to run successful experiments
  • supporting and encouraging new science capability and programmes on the end stations
  • leading and/or collaborating in facility user research and development programmes
  • dissemination of facility R&D and capability through publication, conferences and meetings
  • providing day-to-day supervision of students working with the group.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation 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. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria:


  • a degree in physics or a closely related subject
  • a PhD in physics (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • experience with photoelectron or photoemission spectroscopy
  • experience in scientific instrument development and design
  • experience or training in condensed matter physics
  • track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.


  • post doctoral research experience (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • experience with femtosecond laser systems
  • experience with high harmonic generation
  • experience developing data acquisition and instrument control software
  • proficiency with LabView, IgorPro or MATLAB
  • experience as a user or beamline scientist at a large scientific facility.

Interview Criteria:


  • interest in the science areas covered by Artemis and a desire to develop your knowledge further
  • able to work as part of a team
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • good communication skills (diplomacy, negotiation)
  • able to see novel solutions to problems
  • able to show initiative
  • able to multi-task and prioritise against a heavy work load and achieve demanding targets
  • responsible approach to health and safety
  • able to work in a laser laboratory.


  • willing and able to work flexible hours and/or overtime to provide experimental support
  • willing and able to travel internationally to conferences and to visit collaborators.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 27th July 2018.

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