STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250824
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404
Date Posted 09 September 2019
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £19,404
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019

 

STFC - ISIS - Neutron detector development - Industrial Placement

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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ  

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 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.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source is the world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It provides scientists and engineers with a facility to determine the structure and dynamics of materials at the molecular/atomic level, using beams of neutrons and muons. The Neutron Detector group, in which the successful candidate will be placed, has a rigorous research and development programme to meet the demands for new radiation detectors at ISIS. The successful student will contribute to this programme, working alongside experienced scientists to develop and evaluate the potential of new detector technologies. At ISIS the properties of any given detector have to be carefully matched to the specific scientific techniques performed on the neutron or muon instrument they serve. The detection efficiency, count rate capability and spatial resolution all need to be carefully optimised to meet the requirements of particular instruments.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

This placement will focus on the characterisation and development of neutron imaging systems for future ISIS instrument upgrades, as well as instruments currently under development for the European Spallation Source in Lund (Sweden). The technical specification for these systems is demanding, as they use the time-of-flight technique to measure the kinetic energy of the neutrons. These systems are used to produce images and 3D reconstructions of samples, non-destructively investigating samples ranging from new fuel-cell technology for clean energy applications to ancient artefacts for cultural heritage studies.

You will develop and commission detectors for two types of neutron beam imaging systems. Gaseous GEM type detectors are ideal for coarse spatial resolution imaging and beam monitoring. CMOS sensors are used for high resolution 2D imaging and tomography.

Duties for the GEM detector development include: designing and constructing a number of prototype detectors, experimentally determining the characteristics of these detectors and optimising the design. CMOS sensor based detectors are already available and the emphasis will be to design and implement suitable experiments to determine detector performance. Use will be made of the ISIS beam and imaging data will be analysed and interpreted using a range of software tools, linking detector performance to the demands of our imaging beamline (IMAT).

You will be responsible for carrying out a development programme, with both hands-on experimental responsibilities as well as data analysis. Help and advice will be provided by the industrial placement supervisors.  You will present results of their work in regular informal meetings with the detector group.


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 www.ukri.org.

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.

Criteria to be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)

Essential:        

  • 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)
  • Studying for a degree in physics or another physics related degree (S)
  • Experience in experimental physics (S&I)
  • Interest in experimental physics related to ionising radiation (S&I)
  • Basic computer skills (S&I)
  • Good communication skills (S&I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)
  • Ability to take initiative and to work effectively with limited supervision at times (S&I).

Desirable:

  • Experience using electronics for processing electronic signals, such as oscilloscopes (S&I)
  • Experience with detection of ionising radiation (S&I)
  • Experience with data analysis (S&I)
  • Good problem solving skills (S&I).

Special Requirements

This role will require working with ionising radiation

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.

Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop.

STFC Industrial Placement Application form

To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.

You can apply for up to two Sandwich student placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.

Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th – 28th of November 2019

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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