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Graduate Detector Scientist

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Science and Technology Facilities Council


You will be part of the Technology Department that provides a wide range of technologies to help deliver the next generation of large science facilities and underpin the delivery of the UK and international science programs.

As a graduate in our group you will be part of a multidiscipline team of scientists and engineers that are driving the development of new radiation detectors that will enable tomorrow’s scientific discoveries! Primarily, you will work on the development of new X-ray detector technologies but may also have opportunities to gain experience in the other areas of the groups work that include the development of electron, neutron and IR radiation detector systems. Recent highlights of the group’s work are:

  • The development of X-ray detectors ( for a variety of applications ( in science, security and medical imaging.
  • The delivery of an advanced ‘Large Pixel Detector’ ( system to the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) ( that is capable of measuring 4.5 million images per second!
  • The start of a new generation of high rate and high energy X-ray detectors ( for future science facilities.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Characterising detector materials and readout electronics in the laboratory
  • Process and present numerical data using computer tools
  • Report on test findings and feeding into detector system design
  • Conduct beam tests and commissioning at large science facilities in the UK and abroad


  • Plan and conduct experimental tests on detector materials and readout electronics
  • Identify and solve problems in experimental systems
  • Process data to extract results and figures of merit
  • Present results in written reports and oral presentations
  • Publish papers and present them at international workshops and conferences
  • Be an active member of multi-disciplinary research teams and detector development group
  • Participate in the wider departmental and STFC graduate training programme

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Strong academic background with or forecasted first or 2:1 in a Physics based degree
  • Knowledge of semiconductor materials, radiation interactions with matter and basic electronics
  • Good practical laboratory skills
  • Experience in computer programming in a language such as C, C++, Python, Matlab, LabVIEW
  • Demonstrate a detailed and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Good written and spoken communication skills
  • Able to work independently and within a team

In order to apply for the role you must have:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Experience of conducting practical experimental work 
  • Strong numerical and problem solving skills 
  • Good written communication skills 
  • Demonstrate ability to process data in software (C, C++, Python, Matlab or similar) 
  • Knowledge of semiconductors, radiation and electronics 



  • Basic understanding of X-ray detectors 

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes 


  • Good communication skills and the ability to influence people at all levels 
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities 
  • Organised and motivated 
  • Demonstrates a drive and determination to achieve results 
  • Give detail of an example of when you have used these skills 

Special Requirements  


  • Undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas
  • Work in a controlled radiation area or near magnetic fields 
  • Carry out manual handling activities 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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