Sandwich Student - ISIS Operations (Computing in Science or Engineering)

STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree. Each year STFC recruit up to 45 sandwich students who are able to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university in a working environment, providing learning on the job and working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers. Learning new skills to help in their further studies.

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 360 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 was created to investigate and implement ways of improving machine down time. The First Line Diagnosis tool (FLD) project was 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 its release, further development of the web based tool, interfacing to SharePoint and other systems are required. We need to recruit a versatile support staff member, with an engineering and computing skill set, to work within this small but expanding team to develop the next generation of the FLD platform. 

You will work with the section leader, performance improvement engineer and all operational staff to facilitate FLDs ongoing project development, implementation and support. This exciting post presents many opportunities to be creative and innovative; the role will allow the flexibility to help guide the future of this and potentially other projects and initiatives.


  • To learn about the ISIS technical systems in relation to FLD (see above) so as to contribute to the project’s development.
  • To contribute from a computing perspective to researching, planning, developing and evaluating the next generation of the FLD platform.
  • To help in developing more advanced and robust authoring methods for FLD in the form of flow charts using appropriate software.
  • Investigate and suggest software improvements to the FLD platform and other section initiatives.
  • To help develop new FLD functionality using ‘basic’ coding and software development.
  • To communicate with technical staff for information gathering purposes.
  • To author documentation on upgrades and changes to the FLD platform.


You will be well organised, particularly when managing many activities in parallel; you must be able to balance priorities and deadlines effectively. You will need to work well in a team and be innovative when developing new resources and solving problems. You 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. You must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. You need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

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