ISIS Summer Student Scheme

The ISIS summer student placement scheme allows undergraduate students studying for a degree in Science, Engineering, Computing or Media/Communications to gain experience working in the scientific environment at ISIS, a large scale international research facility. The 6-12 week placements are paid positions and will provide successful students with an opportunity to work on a research or development project within ISIS. The placements will be paid at a rate of £15,260 per annum on a pro-rata basis. They are available to students eligible to work in the UK, who are registered as undergraduate students at the time of the placements – typically during the summer of their penultimate year.

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
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ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

We now seek applications for placements during the summer 2017 holidays! The application deadline is the 5th of March.

How to apply:

  1. Read through the offered projects below and make a note of which projects you would like to apply for. You can apply for up to 3 projects.
  2. Prepare your CV in pdf format, don’t forget to include your GCSE and A-level results (or equivalent for students from outside the UK). Make sure you list skills relevant to your chosen projects
  3. Prepare a short cover letter and save it as a .pdf.
  4. Get an electronic copy of your university transcripts (pdf/png).
  5. Now send an email with your CV, cover letter and transcripts to STFCVacationStudent@stfc.ac.uk . Include your name and the projects you have chosen in the message.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked for a short interview (usually by phone or skype) by mid March 2017. Good luck!

Work experience students

Work experience students
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Projects:

You can apply for up to 3 projects.

ISIS-1 - Application of modern mesh based radiation transport code to neutron instruments

The project will aim to convert a simplified model of a neutron instrument into new code, and compare with Monte Carlo and structured grid results for the same problem. This will involve meshing the geometry, preparing the nuclear data, using UK leading high performance computing and analysing the data.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: scientific computing, engineering, physics, applied mathematics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-1

 

ISIS-2 - SESANS GUIs for SasView

This project is an opportunity to enhance a neutron data analysis program used by hundreds of academic and industrial researchers around the world! New mathematical subroutines have been written (so no heavy maths is involved!); you will be responsible creating and integrating GUIs to drive them, and for testing the end product. You will work as part of an international team of software developers, primarily based in the UK, US and EU. This is your chance to make a worthwhile and lasting contribution to neutron and X-ray data analysis!

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science, programming.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-2

 

ISIS-3 - Deuteration Facility Summer Students

ISIS is a world-leading neutron and muon facility whose user community depend on the provision of speciality chemicals which are isotopically-labelled in order to effectively perform their experiments. The Deuteration Facility aims to provide such materials, in particular organic molecules and systems where hydrogen has been exchanged for its heavier isotope deuterium. 

You will be involved in the development and execution of custom synthetic pathways in order to generate high-quality products for use by the ISIS and ILL user communities.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: chemistry, chemical engineering, natural sciences.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-3

 

ISIS-4 - Monte Carlo Simulations of the Offspec spin-echo enabled neutron reflectometer

OffSpec is a spin-echo enabled polarised neutron reflectometer at the ISIS second target station. Every year a large number of academic researchers visit the instrument to perform experiments with the support of the instrument scientists. As part of the continuous development of the reflectometer this project will model possible design upgrades in McStas, a Monte Carlo based neutron ray tracing package.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: natural sciences, mathematics, computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-4

 

ISIS-5 - Commissioning and Exploitation of a Schlenk line

The Schlenk line (also known as a vacuum gas manifold) is a commonly used chemistry apparatus for the preparation and manipulation of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds. The aim of this project is to commission a Schlenk line and demonstrate that it is capable of handling air-sensitive materials; TiCl4 will be used for this purpose. The apparatus will then be used to prepare [RuH2(H2)((P(C6H5)3))3] and its selectively deuterated isotopomer [RuH2(H2)((P(C6D5)3))3].

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: chemistry, natural sciences.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-5

 

ISIS-6 - Implementing a new computional method for measuring atomic motion with muons

ISIS muons can be used for measuring atomic motion in a wide range of materials and is particularly useful for studies in the field of energy storage and generation. In order to interpret the muon measurements the time-dependent response of the muon spin polarisation to the motion has to be modelled and computed. Current numerical methods are relatively slow and not well suited to modestly powered PCs. 

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: scientific computing, natural sciences, computer science, mathematics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-6

 

ISIS-7 - Protein phase behaviour and structure: the effect of buffer isotope composition

When we investigate the properties of proteins with NMR or neutron scattering, we need to partially or completely substitute D2O for H2O as a solvent. In this project we will investigate the structural and macroscopic properties of globular proteins as a function of the buffer D2O-ratio, and compare it with their properties as a function of salt concentration.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: biology, chemistry, natural sciences.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-7

 

ISIS-8 -  Summer student for the development of elemental analysis

This project is to develop the unique capabilities offered by the RIKEN-RAL muon facility. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray emission which is element dependent and therefore the energy and intensity of such peaks can result in the determination of the elemental composition. These X-rays have large energies (~MeV) therefore probing beneath the surface is entirely possible, making this a novel and potentially powerful non-destructive probe.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: natural sciences, scientific computing, engineering, applied mathematics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-8

 

ISIS-9 - Experimental Workflow Builder and Script Generator

Do you like ‘making things work’? Do you enjoy coding? Like to see how scientists work at a large scale facility?
If so, join our project to develop a sleek, intuitive interface for automating scientific experiments at large scale facilities.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: natural sciences, scientific computing, engineering, applied mathematics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-9

 

ISIS-10 - Development of an in-situ calorimeter for neutron spectroscopy

The glass transition is a reversible transition that occurs in amorphous materials, whereby a material goes from a hard and brittle state to a rubbery or highly viscous state, as the temperature is increased. This is typically probed through a sudden change in the heat capacity. The project involves the development of equipment to measure the glass transition temperature in-situ, based on an initial prototype.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: natural sciences or engineering with some experience in laboratory work.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-10

 

ISIS-11 - Monte Carlo Modelling of ISIS Muon Spectrometers

The project will involve carrying out Monte Carlo simulations of muon spectrometers at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, UK. An existing package coded for muon spectrometer simulation based on a standard particle physics toolkit, GEANT4 (http://geant4.cern.ch/), will be used, see https://www.psi.ch/lmu/geant4-simulations for further details.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: physics, natural sciences, scientific computing, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-11

 

ISIS-12 - Extract Kicker System Electrical Model

The ISIS synchrotron accelerates two bunches of protons up to 84% the speed of light over approximately 10,000 revolutions. On the last pass, the Kicker magnets are switched on to extract the two bunches towards the neutron targets. The magnet has to turn on to 5,000 Amps in the time available between the two circulating bunches, less than 200 nanoseconds.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: electrical engineering, engineering, physics, other natural sciences.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-12

 

ISIS-13 - Building a high power analogue amplifier

The ISIS synchrotron uses magnets to steer and focus the proton beam. As the protons are all positive, they repel each other and the size of the beam profile increases. Quadrupole magnet pairs are used to squeeze the beam back together. The main quadrupole magnets are powered by a 90MW resonant circuit, which is difficult to adjust freely, so trim quadrupole magnets are added to the synchrotron to make small corrections.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: electrical engineering, engineering, physics.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-13

 

ISIS-14 - Modelling of the ISIS accelerator

The ISIS Neutron and Muon source is based on a high intensity proton accelerator. In order to understand the behavior of the beam particles in ISIS, simulation codes have been developed. In the future, upgrades to the ISIS accelerator will require detailed computer simulations to confirm that the beam is well controlled and the machine will work as designed. This will be very challenging as the beam intensity increases even further, as unexpected beam loss could damage the accelerator.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: engineering, physical sciences, scientific computing, computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-14

 

ISIS-15 - Electronic User Support Group summer student

The ISIS Electronic User Support Group provides beamline scientists and users of the 34 neutron and muon instruments with sample environment control and instrumentation equipment and technical support. The group is currently developing an information system providing staff and users contextual information related to the control and instrumentation equipment used for ISIS experiments.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: natural sciences or engineering.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-15

 

ISIS-16 - Publications

We are looking for an Information or Librarian Studies student to help analyse the scientific output of a world leading research centre. Every year scientists using the ISIS neutron and muon source publish around 450 scientific papers across the full spectrum of scientific disciplines. Working with our central library team you will help us investigate how we can use both bibliometric and altmetric data to understand our research outputs, evaluate trends and measure our impact.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: library studies, information, natural sciences.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-16

 

ISIS-17 - VR developer for science public engagement

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Communications Team are looking for a computer science student with 3D modelling or game development experience to develop a virtual tour of the synchrotron and/or target areas.  The simulations would be used for public engagement and outreach activities, to showcase the cutting edge engineering and technology in key areas of the research facility that are not accessible to the general public and school students.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-17

 

ISIS-18 - Mantid development support

ISIS is a world-leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links. Software is an essential part of all the instruments. Initially developed by ISIS, the Mantid framework (www.mantidproject.org) provides a state of the art data treatment and analysis software package for its instruments and continues to grow to cover the many different scientific areas used at this international facility. Mantid is now also a core part of the operation of the SNS facility in the USA.

The Mantid team requires an additional scientific software developer to develop and support further the framework and associated scientific software.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-18

 

ISIS-19 - Development of a new driver for a cryomagnet

The ISIS Computing Group is responsible for the development and maintenance of the software used to control the hardware and data acquisition systems used for experiments performed at ISIS. Currently we are running a major project to develop a new distributed control system for ISIS which will better meet the future needs of the scientists.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science or natural sciences with a strong interest in computing.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-19

 

ISIS-20 - Facilities Business Applications Group Vacation Student

Computing is essential to the science that STFC supports. At the ISIS neutron and muon source (www.isis.stfc.ac.uk) over 60 software developers/engineers and systems management staff develop software to support the user programme, instrument control and data acquisition software, and data analysis, data cataloguing and management software.

The Facilities Business Applications group has an opportunity for a vacation student to join the team to help develop software used to support the day-to-day operations. As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of the software development lifecycle, from requirements capture through modelling, coding, testing and deployment.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-20

 

ISIS-21 - Data Scientist Studentship

There is a lot of data available about the use of the ISIS facility and how this fits with the wider UK science funding environment and academic publications, but the data is messy, noisy and difficult to compare. The project would involve discovering the available open data sources/APIs for this information, creating links between these different datasets using deterministic and probabilistic methods, and using data science tools to explore and analyse the data to discover links and patterns. There will be the opportunity to investigate a range of tools including simple machine learning approaches.

You might particularly like this if you are interested in any of these: computer science.

For more information, please click the link below.

Summer Student Project: ISIS-21

 

Not enough choice? (Seriously?) You might want to check out more vacation projects available at the STFC (stfc vacation students), but be aware that you can only apply for up to three projects at ISIS and STFC in total!

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