Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246551
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136
Date Posted 31 August 2018
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,136
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. The suite of neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Producing neutron beams by the spallation method involves a complex engineering infrastructure to accelerate particles to high energies.

The Magnet Power Supplies Group are responsible for the operations and development of all power supplies for the magnets on the ISIS accelerator. The range of equipment includes DC power supplies from 3 kW to over 1 MW, a 10 cell 90 MW resonant circuit, and pulsed power systems with rise times below 100 ns for5 kA and 40 kV.

The sandwich student position is in the Power Supply development team, within the Magnet Power Supplies Group. Current projects include study of the synchrotron main magnet White circuit, design of protection circuits to limit propagation of magnet breakdown faults, specification of a replacement 1.2 MVA AC power supply, and the build of a high power magnet test area.

Working at ISIS provides a rare opportunity to contribute to a variety of interesting and complex engineering projects that make a real difference to the progress of UK and international science programmes.

Summary of Key Duties &Responsibilities

One focus of the Power Supply Development Section is in understanding the effect of replacing the single core choke, used in the White circuit of the synchrotron main magnet, with ten separated chokes. More information on the project can be found here:

The purpose of the sandwich student position is to build a physical model of the White circuit, which can be used to test the simulation models and our current thinking. This is a continuation of a project started by a summer student over a three-month placement. A large proportion of the work will be in designing or procuring the chokes.

During the placement, duties will be varied but will include:

  • electrical system design.
  • calculations for component design, with the option to validate using finite element analysis software.
  • overseeing of manufacturing.
  • build and test of components and systems.
  • document designs using 2D and 3D CAD.
  • specification writing, tender evaluation and procurement.
  • manage project workload to ensure targets are met.
  • present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • individual and Team Project working during degree (S)
  • demonstrates willingness and ability to work independently or as part of a team (I)
  • good understanding of electrical/electronic principles (S&I)
  • an understanding of electrical, magnetic and mechanical principles required for choke design (I)
  • able to read and understand technical information, including circuit diagrams and technical drawings (I)
  • capable of rapid development of technical and non-technical skills (I)
  • able to use engineering computers for a large proportion of the working day (I)
  • self-motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, logical approach to problem solving, organised, reliable and collaborative (I)
  • good written and spoken communication, in English (S&I)


  • experience in industry or similar research facility (S)
  • experience of managing own output whilst working individually, and of working at various levels within multi-disciplinary teams (I)
  • able to communicate to both a technical and non-technical audience (I)
  • shows an interest in the world outside of engineering (S&I)
  • shows an appreciation of engineering in the wider context of society (S&I)
  • suitable as a radiation monitored worker and to work in environments with high magnetic field (I)

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a copy of your CV. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

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You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 28th October 2018

Interview/assessment date: 27th – 29th November 2018

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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