Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Detector Scientist

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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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 programmes.

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.

What soft skills will you learn?

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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 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £27,938 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemistry
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Physics
  • Science

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