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[Met-jobs] IRC242759 - Spectroscopy Group Research Scientist - STFC - RAL

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Date Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:30:39 +0000


Spectroscopy Group Research Scientist – IRC242759

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £30,056 - £41,572 (Dependent on skills and experience)

Full Time

Fixed Term (2 years)


About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations, which supports, enables and undertakes pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.


STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development.  It has a long-standing heritage of excellence in space flight, going back over 50 years and a proven track record in contributing to more than 200 instruments in space.


RAL Space’s Spectroscopy Group carries out research and development of novel laser spectroscopy instrumentation for chemical sensing and operates the high-resolution spectroscopy facility. The primary remit underpinning the group’s work relates to instrumentation for future space applications, including Earth observation. The team is increasingly working towards applying its technologies to a broader range of sectors such as environmental monitoring, security and defence, and non-invasive medical diagnostics.

About The Role

We are now recruiting for two Research Scientists to strengthen the Spectroscopy Group of the Earth Observation and Atmospheric Division.


The Laser Spectroscopy Section of the group primarily uses infrared semiconductor laser sources to develop instruments for spectroscopic applications. The research and development projects undertaken by the team encompass all aspects of laser spectroscopy sensing and real-world deployment, from fundamental concepts to technologies and applications. Techniques used and developed within the team include laser heterodyne spectroscopy, hyperspectral lidar, laser absorption and dispersion spectroscopy, photo-acoustic spectroscopy, cavity-enhanced and intra-cavity spectroscopy, and photonics based sensing systems.

You will be responsible for delivering project results to strict deadlines and carrying out associated management tasks in an effective manner. Tasks may include design and experimental implementation of complex opto-electronic systems, carrying out systematic experimental campaigns, developing code for physical modelling, data analysis or instrument control, studying and simulating optical waveguide devices and arranging experiments for analysis and characterisation of physical phenomena.

You will be expected to write or contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific papers and submissions to international conferences.

Occasional travel in the UK or overseas to attend meetings will be required. National or international travel for durations of several weeks may be occasionally necessary.


You will be appointed at either Band D or Band E of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.


About You

You are likely to be experienced experimental physicists or engineers with a PhD in Applied Physics or Engineering or equivalent, ideally with a good molecular spectroscopy background, with proven experience in aspects of instrument development and application especially in the field of laser–based gas sensing. Physical modelling experience for development of gas sensing scenario models or atmospheric models for instrument data interpretation and processing would also be highly relevant.


Core competences sought include experience in some of the following:

·         optics, including lasers and waveguides, particularly at infrared wavelengths

·         physical, atmospheric or dispersion modelling

·         precision mechanical and optical design

·         understanding of electronic engineering concepts, signal acquisition & processing

·         application of design and control software tools such as CAD & LabVIEW

·         theoretical knowledge of spectroscopy and its application

·         instrument and atmospheric sensing scenarios modelling skills.

You will need to be highly motivated and able to carry out challenging research and development work carefully and effectively in a team environment and to demanding deadlines, to deliver the multiple, ever evolving research projects portfolio of the group. You will have an organised and methodical working approach, multi-tasking and prioritising work when required, and a demonstrated ability to work in a shared laboratory environment in an organised and effective manner.



An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered.


Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (


To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.


Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.


The closing date for applications is 10th November 2017. Interviews will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 23rd & 24th November 2017.




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