Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246572
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 - 6 Months
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. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

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.

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Within ISIS, the Disordered Materials and Crystallography groups investigate the structure of matter on the atomic and molecular level using neutron diffraction. These groups currently maintain their own software packages.

The Disordered Materials and Crystallography groups currently maintain their own software packages for data reduction and simulation and which are written in either Fortran or C++. You will contribute to the ongoing development of classical atomistic simulation codes written to address the growing needs of the relevant community. This will involve working with the current team on existing parts of the code, the associated graphical user interfaces and/or the implementation of new algorithms and techniques in order to extend the code to perform specific calculations or tasks and deliver a product which addresses the needs of the user programme. You will liaise with users of the code in order to understand their requirements, making changes as and when necessary. Any major developments implemented must be accompanied by suitable user documentation.

You will take on one or more code development tasks in order to solve specific problems or bridge feature-gaps in existing computational packages in use by the Disordered Materials and Crystallography communities. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • implementation of Monte Carlo techniques
  • implementation of Molecular Dynamics algorithms
  • implementation of scattering models (e.g. small-angle scattering models)
  • implementation of generally-applicable analysis routines
  • development and enhancement of user interfaces.

You will be expected to time-manage your own project(s) and deliver working solutions to a level of quality in-line with the existing codes.  This includes any unit or CI tests deemed necessary.

Please note - there are two positions available, each of six months duration.

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)
  • demonstrable programming experience in Fortran, C, or C++(S&I)
  • knowledge of condensed matter simulation techniques (e.g. MonteCarlo, molecular dynamics) (S&I)
  • good time management and the ability to work to deadlines (I)
  • ability to independently manage problems, and take responsibility for their solution (I)
  • ability to adapt to evolving work plans within a team (I).


  • A-level grades A/B in one or more of Chemistry, Physics, or Software, and A-levels in Maths (s)
  • understanding of neutron or X-ray scattering (S&I)
  • knowledge of chemistry and chemical structure (S&I)
  • knowledge of parallel programming techniques (S&I)
  • experience of version control (e.g. git) and continuous integration(e.g. Jenkins) systems (I)
  • ability to form creative solutions to problems (I)
  • ability to communicate complicated ideas clearly in written and spoken English (I)
  • ability to adapt to a changing working environment (I)
  • attention to detail (S&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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