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24 Aug 2009




ISIS runs various courses and schemes to ensure that users get the most from a facility supported by staff of the highest quality.

Richard Heenan working on Loq with students during an ISIS neutron training course

Learning how to use neutron and muon methods

ISIS runs regular training courses for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers from the UK and EU in both neutron scattering and muon techniques. The aim is to give them the necessary grounding to carry out experiments at ISIS successfully.

The five-day courses include lectures on theory, safety and radiation protection, the ISIS accelerator and targets, the instruments and techniques used, combined with hands-on activities. The ISIS website also has extensive information - manuals, lectures and hand-outs - which supplements the courses.


As part of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS participates in several training schemes supported by the STFC. These offer a unique opportunity to young people at all stages of education to build up engineering, technical and computing skills to the highest level.

  • Graduate training scheme: Graduates with good degrees in mechanical, electrical and electron engineering are eligible for the Graduate Mechanical Engineer and Graduate Electrical and Electronics Engineer Training Schemes. Theses are four-year programmes involving a mix of formal and tailored training, placements and project work.
  • One-year sandwich student placement: Students can apply for specific one-year placements at ISIS as part of their university courses. These offer an excellent opportunity to build skills and experience in areas such as software or detector development and to get an inside view of what it is like to work in a facility relying of cutting-edge technology.
  • Vacation placement: Students can also apply to work at the Laboratory during vacations for between 6 and 12 weeks.
  • Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme: School-leavers and others with five grade-C GCSE passes including English, mathematics and science, can apply for an apprenticeship in electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering, which provides an ideal start to a career in the advanced technology sector. The apprenticeship, which lasts four years, is considered one of the best in the country. Once qualified, an apprentice may say on at the Laboratory as a technician or may embark on a full or part-time university degree course.
  • Ongoing Learning: ISIS provides numerous opportunities for the research community to discuss results, learn about new techniques and shape future ISIS instrument developments. These include regular user meetings, science-based workshops and conferences run by facility staff alongside community scientists.

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