STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250920
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 - Materials Characterisation Method Developer - 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.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); anew 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.

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 our current industrial placement vacancies here.

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Materials Characterisation Laboratory (MCL) boasts a wide range of instrumentation and analytical equipment used by the ISIS staff and a user community of visiting scientist. The instruments include X-ray Diffractometers (Single Crystal, Powder and thin film), an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF), an Atomic Force Microscope, a Kerr microscope and more. This suite of instruments allows a wealth of physical property information to be obtained.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The main focus of the placement will be method development, to allow the lab’s full capability to be exploited. There will also be the opportunity to get involved with a number of collaborative science projects with ISIS facility staff and external users.

Within the laboratory support team you will develop the following new methods:

  • Commission and optimise a Laue X-ray instrument for aligning crystals in preparation for further offline and ISIS beam time experiments
  • Develop methodology for a new single crystal X-ray diffractometer to aid in pre-screening of ISIS beam time samples
  • Commission and optimise a method for an X-ray diffraction (XRD) utilising a new furnace capable of high pressure, in situ reactive gases and high temperature measurements
  • Build and develop a Ferromagnetic Resonance experiment suitable for an experimental setup on one of the neutron beam lines.  This will involve pursuing new research into methods not currently available at ISIS
  • Develop further the ferromagnetic resonance experiment currently employed for low temperature studies of thin films
  • Develop methodology for a bench top X-ray diffraction instrument (XRD) suitable for pre-screening samples and complimentary measurements to beamline instruments, with exploring its full capabilities of different options and temperature stages.

You will be expected to test these methods on a range of samples and produce documentation for use by future users of the instrumentation. You may also have the opportunities to attend neutron beamline experiments, aid website development, and learn new techniques in the other ISIS support laboratories.

You will be working directly with Support Labs management, and regularly liaising with facility scientists and external users.

You must be enthusiastic and highly motivated. You should be able to work well as part of a team as well as working independently. A strong interest in physical sciences and working in a laboratory environment is essential.


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)
  • Currently working at a level equivalent to, and on target to achieve a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • Enrolled on a Science degree course (S)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills (S&I)
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills (S&I).

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and understanding of analytical instrumentation (S&I)
  • Relevant laboratory experience (S&I)
  • Knowledge and understanding of lab safety (S&I)
  • Attention to detail, strong interest in physical sciences (S&I).

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 Industrial 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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