Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251171
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404
Date Posted 20 September 2019
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date 03 December 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £19,404
Contract Type: Fixed Term 12 months
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: 3rd December 2019


STFC - ISIS - Performance Improvement 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 - 

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.

ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences. Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science,geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Employing some 400 engineers and scientists, the success of ISIS depends critically on support staff and the reliability of the component parts. To address reliability issues, the ISIS Performance Improvement Section investigates and implements ways of improving machine down time. This role within the PI projects team will work on the First Line Diagnosis tool (FLD), set up to develop fault analysis pathways for the ISIS Operations crew to help reduce the time to diagnose and repair faults. Following on from the initial release, further development of the web based tool onto a new and improved platform (FLD3.0), interfacing to SharePoint or other systems are required and we need to recruit versatile support staff, with an engineering and computing skill set, to work within this small but expanding team.

You will work with the section leader, performance improvement engineer and all operational staff to facilitate ongoing project development, implementation and support. Maintaining and upgrading FLD will form part of the work during the year however this one year post presents many opportunities to be creative and innovative within new and ongoing projects including data analysis and user interface tools. Two other projects are presently in development and will be included in this post: The Operational Dashboard project displays critical machine status data in an intuitive, web-based user interface, using technologies that include Influx, Redis, React and other JavaScript tools. An additional project utilises similar technologies to provide real-time indications of control system data within a web-based GUI.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • To learn about the ISIS technical systems on a broader level so as to contribute to section initiatives
  • To develop web-based applications using JavaScript and HTML/CSS
  • Some Python scripting may be undertaken throughout the year
  • To contribute to research, planning, development and evaluation to ensure the progress and success of ongoing Performance Improvement section projects and initiatives including FLD and a growing list of new initiatives.
  • To provide ICT support, investigating and suggesting software improvements.
  • To help in some authoring of content for FLD using appropriate software.
  • To communicate with technical staff for information gathering purposes.

Knowledge,Skills and Experience

  • You will have a working knowledge of computing and programming to an undergraduate level. Some knowledge or experience in the below, whilst not essential, would be advantageous: JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, Python
  • You must be able to grasp engineering concepts so as to provide value to the team in discussions about performance improvements. They must be well organised, particularly when managing many activities in parallel; they must be able to balance priorities and deadlines effectively. They will need to work well in a team and be innovative when developing new resources and solving problems. They should demonstrate good interpersonal skills when working with people at different levels.
  • You must be enthusiastic about science, engineering and computer science matters relating to the post and be able to convey their enthusiasm clearly. They must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

Organization Description

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)


  • At university, enrolled on an appropriate undergraduate degree course to the role 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)
  • On target to achieve at least a 2:1 (S)
  • Able to demonstrate a knowledge of an engineering or computing discipline (S & I)
  • Demonstrate a developing skill and knowledge of computer information systems including: database management, web infrastructure and learning new software packages (S & I)
  • Demonstrate a developing skill and knowledge of computer coding for example: Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python (S & I)
  • Demonstrate ability to recognise and develop improvements to simple working practices (I)
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively in a professional environment (S & I)
  • Strong communication skills demonstrated in the writing of CV and covering letter and at interview (S & I)
  • Demonstrate team working capabilities (I)


  • Demonstrate  a keen interest in STEM subjects and the work of STFC (I)

Special Requirements

  • This role will involve entering and working in radiologically controlled areas

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:

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