Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249358
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 13 May 2019
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 May 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 to £42,576 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th May 2019


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology/engineering.

You would be a Facility Scientist within ULTRA in the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. ULTRA is a national facility providing world leading ultrafast laser spectroscopy instruments for multidisciplinary UK and international science research. You must be an experienced ultrafast laser spectroscopist preferably with experience in coherent multidimensional spectroscopy. You will be responsible for scientific operations and will have opportunities to work in existing projects or instigate new projects in the development of multidimensional spectroscopy instruments and techniques or in their science and industry applications.


  • operation and development of existing ultrafast stations supporting academic and industry access to ULTRA, specialising in time resolved vibrational spectroscopy, for example 2DIR and Surface Sum Frequency Generation
  • provide expertise in facility user experiments, liaison with scientists in preparation and working with scientists on scheduled experiments and on-the-fly data acquisition and analysis
  • support existing and lead new laser spectroscopy instrumentation and techniques development 
  • support in provision of acquisition, pre-analysis package for the spectroscopic data outputs of instruments
  • responsibility for health and safety, with experience in COSHH safety and making risk assessments
  • providing support and advice to staff and scientific visitors using the facilities and general administration associated with facility operations
  • disseminate research and representing CLF at leading international institutes and conferences and to encourage collaboration within STFC, other institutes and industry.  

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 and Interview Criteria

Knowledge and Experience


  • postdoctoral experience or equivalent in ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • hands on experience in the operation and development of lasers and ultrafast spectroscopic instruments
  • analysis of Spectroscopic data
  • health and safety (Laser and COSHH).


  • postdoctoral experience in advanced vibrational spectroscopy techniques with ultrafast lasers (e.g. 2DIR, SSFG, 4WMtechniques) 
  • LabVIEW programming and laboratory equipment interfacing skills
  • experience in project management.

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • ability to work in a team and with engineers and academics
  • good written and verbal and communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • a responsible, reliable worker
  • able to show initiative and a flexible approach to work
  • good organisational skills.

Other Requirements


  • there may be a requirement to for some workout of hours to access laser equipment
  • there will be a requirement to travel
  • ability and willingness to work in Laser and sample preparation laboratories.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

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.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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:

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