Instrument Scientist, Solid State Materials

Lincoln, United Kingdom
£34,304 per annum
14 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Chemistry

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £34,304 per annum
This post is full time and permanent at 1.0 FTE
Closing Date:   Thursday 11 November 2021
Interview Date:   Tuesday 30 November 2021
Reference:  COS199B

Solid state materials science underpins key aspects of University’s strategy to intensify its research in STEM subjects. These developments have been primed by major investment in research laboratory infrastructure and instrumentation and these have been incorporated into the Joseph Banks Laboratories (JBL) that form the research environment for its academic Schools of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy, and support wider research across the College of Science (including Schools of Geography, Maths and Physics, and Engineering). The role, specialising in one or more advanced solid state methods (e.g. X-Ray Diffraction, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Thermal Analysis, NMR), supports users across the constituent Schools of the College of Science to enhance research outputs and offer high-level training and an outstanding student experience for appropriate undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Alongside this, the role supports Lincoln’s knowledge transfer agenda through participation in projects within a regional R&D ecosystem for which the ERDF/GLLEP £6.4m-funded centre in advanced materials engineering. The Bridge represents a step-change opportunity for our work at the university-business interface. Delivery of collaborative projects in this context form an important strand of activity for development of the R&D environment of the University.

The infrastructure at Lincoln includes the following major instrument groups: X-Ray Diffraction (dual-source SCD and multi-modal PXRD), Vibrational Spectroscopy (high-specification FT-IR/FT-Raman/micro-Raman), Thermal Analysis (including hyphenation to MS/FTIR/XRD) and NMR (500MHz including CP-MAS). 

We are seeking to recruit a highly skilled research scientist with expertise in advanced operation of one or more of these areas and the potential to manage and develop these resources alongside a highly motivated and dynamic multi-disciplinary academic research community. Further information can be obtained from Professor Ian Scowen, Head of School of Chemistry and Director of The Bridge (, +44 (0)1522 837010).

We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups. The School of Chemistry, where the role is formally managed, is an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder; the University of Lincoln is an equal-opportunities employer, an Athena SWAN Bronze Institution and was rated Gold in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework.