ISIS and the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

EPSRC is about to announce a call for a new set of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). This page provides information for CDT proposers wishing to include ISIS work as part of their proposal.

EPSRC is happy to receive proposals for CDTs which require facility work to deliver against the relevant science priority area. The link to the EPSRC CDT process can be found here. ISIS also welcomes the opportunity to contribute directly to the work of CDTs - through the research enabled by ISIS beamtime and the co-provision of relevant training.

ISIS already provides opportunities for the training of PhD students:

  • An annual practical neutron training course (see here for details)
  • The bi-annual Oxford Neutron Summer School (see here for details)
  • The bi-annual ISIS Muon Training School (see here for details)
  • Numerous courses and workshops on facility techniques, software and analysis, modelling, etc.
  • The experience that students have when they come to ISIS to run experiments (which includes informal, ‘on-the-job’ training in areas such as neutron scattering or muon spectroscopy, complementary characterisation, cryogenics, data analysis, experiment planning, etc.)

Any of these might feature within a CDT application.  CDT applications may provide the opportunity to expand the range of training provision which ISIS provides, either in terms of capacity (for example, the current neutron training course is heavily oversubscribed) or in terms of scope. Listed below are areas of expertise within which ISIS currently contributes to training activities. Note this is not an exhaustive list and we welcome discussion on additional possibilities.

  • The wide variety of neutron scattering techniques, including diffraction, spectroscopy, small angle scattering, reflectometry, etc
  • The muon spin spectroscopy technique
  • Complementarity of neutron and muon techniques with other techniques such as synchrotron x-rays, NMR, etc (we welcome opportunities for joint training with, for example, Diamond).
  • Cryogenics and sample environment
  • Accelerator technology
  • Advanced numerical modelling and theory relevant to the ISIS capabilities

We would like to develop with potential CDT partners the co-provision of suitable student training.  Please contact Philip King (philip.king@stfc.ac.uk) or Sean Langridge (sean.langridge@stfc.ac.uk) to discuss such possibilities.

Provision of beamtime for CDT students

CDTs involving use of ISIS will necessarily require access to ISIS beamtime.  It is presently planned that this should occur within existing ISIS proposal mechanisms.  Proposals involving CDT students will be welcome through the normal (twice per year) ISIS proposal calls. Express access proposals, for small amounts of trial beamtime on some instruments, would also be welcome, as would rapid access proposals for more urgent use of the facility.  CDTs involving industrial partners may wish to explore the ISIS collaborative R&D scheme for industry to gain access. Programme access applications, which recognise the need for ISIS beamtime over the period of a grant, would also be welcome in relation to a successful CDT requiring use of ISIS.  For details of ISIS proposal mechanisms please see here.

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