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Detector Systems Design Section Leader

About this job

Company & location
European Spallation Source, Sweden
Last updated
May 16, 2018

The European Spallation Source ERIC, with 15 member- and observer countries, is committed to the goal of collectively building and operating a multi-disciplinary, large-scale research infrastructure based on the world's most powerful neutron source. The European Spallation Source (ESS), will provide scientists with unique and powerful neutron scattering instruments for the study of a large range of materials - from polymers and pharmaceuticals to membranes and molecules. ESS, hosted by Sweden and Denmark, is being built in Lund in collaboration with European scientists and engineers. ESS will initiate the user programme in 2023 and will have more than 500 employees when in operations. ESS aim to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of ability and the requirements of the job, and that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. (We have made our media choice regarding recruitments and kindly decline contact with media sellers.)

The Instrument Technologies Division at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for a Detector Systems Design Section Leader in the Instrument Technologies Division.

Description of directorate/division
The Detector Group is responsible for managing the delivery, installation commissioning and long term operation of detector systems for the neutron instruments at ESS.
The Design Section comprises the detector experts who ensure the delivery of performant detectors for ESS instruments and conceive, develop, test and analyse neutron detector concepts for application on ESS instruments. The Section is also responsible to ensure their installation and commissioning and subsequent operation in partnership with the other three sections in the Group.

Description of main responsibilities
- This position will be responsible for line managing this Section (of about 10 people), giving hands-on help to the projects, planning the work and ensuring that it is aligned with the planning of the other sections.
- This is a senior role in the Detector Group. This position will also help the Group Leader and fellow section leaders in the day-to-day running and strategic direction of the Group. Mentoring and developing of new talent is expected.
- As ESS is a mainly in-kind project, there will be a lot of interaction with partners to enable successful delivery of detectors in an open, collaborative and transparent fashion. This in turn implies a degree of informal supervision of collaborative partners.
- There will be administrative aspects to this position to enable the smooth running of the group and the projects. There is a moderate degree of travel expected as it is a geographically distributed project.

- The candidate should be well-rounded with an interest in detector hardware, electronics, simulation and data analysis as well as demonstrable technical skills.
- Experience with actualising detector systems for use at research facilities is required.
- Experience with either detecting neutrons or with gaseous detectors would be highly advantageous.
- The candidate should have demonstratable relevant technical skills.
- Knowledge of modern detector electronics is required.
- Prior experience of development and commissioning of such systems would be an advantage.
- Advanced level of IT required. Familiarity with linux, code repositories and programming (especially python and C++). Experience with using and interpreting simulation tools (e.g. GEANT, FLUKA, MCNP, GARFIELD, etc) is an advantage.
- Good data analysis and interpretation skills are needed.
- Experience in the building, commissioning and/or operating of detectors for use at large research institutes would be a distinct advantage.
- Previous line or project management (formal or informal) is desired. Experience of informal management of collaborative groups (through e.g. experimental collaboration, grants, inkind arrangements, etc) is an advantage.
- Experience of supervision (formal or informal) and mentoring of more junior people is helpful.
- The ability to work both independently and in groups is needed.
- The candidate should be able to install a team atmosphere amongst colleagues.
- The ability to work well under schedule pressure in a complex environment is needed.
- Excellent people skills, soft skills and problem solving ability are expected.
- Experience of large experimental collaborations is highly desired.
- This position requires excellent communication skills (conversation, presentation and writing levels) in English. The working language will be English. Knowledge of other European languages is an advantage.
- Administrative competence is required.

What ESS can offer
At ESS we offer people with talent and passion a unique opportunity to be involved in the development and building of a world leading facility for materials research. Besides attractive employment and relocation conditions, the flexibility to balance work life with private life and good opportunities to further enhance your skills; you will also enjoy being part of an organisational culture that promotes and supports internal career growth. We pride ourselves in having successful collaboration across different functions, and as the facility continues to grow we will keep nurturing the international and vibrant environment welcoming people from all across the world.

Duration & Location
The position is permanent with six months initial probationary period. The position is based in Lund, Sweden.

Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English by clicking on "apply" and following the instructions. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website or ESS intranet. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply through the intranet.

The deadline for applications is 2018-06-25.

For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process in general, please follow this link

For further information regarding the open position, please contact recruiter, Lanre Odunlami,

We look forward to receiving your application!

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