ISIS Neutron Training Course
01 Oct 2019



The ISIS Practical Neutron Training Course is aimed at PhD and post-doctoral researchers who have little or no experience of neutron scattering, but whose future research program aims to make use of neutron scattering techniques at ISIS.

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The course runs annually for 10 days at ISIS and takes around 35 participants.​​

​We stress that this is a hand-on course using the ISIS neutron instruments aimed at complete beginners to neutron scattering.​

The next course will run 28 February - 9 March 2023. 

​The deadline for applications has now passed.​

For further details please contact the organisers, details given below.

Students on the 2017 NTC​
Outline of Course
  • Basic Principles Lectures for All:
    (Neutron Time-of-flight, Detectors, Neutron materials and interactions, Instrument Components, Neutron Scattering Theory)

  • Chemistry and Materials Stream:
    ​(Powder and single crystal diffraction, Rietveld refinement (GSAS), Molecular Spectroscopy, Diffuse scattering, Non-crystalline materials scattering, Quasi-elastic neutron scattering)
  • Physics Stream:
    (Neutron diffraction, magnetic Rietveld refinement (Fullprof), inelastic scattering - polycrystals and single crystals)
  • Soft Matter Stream:
    (Sample preparation​ and deuteration, Small-angle neutron scattering, Neutron reflectometry)

  • Optional Modules on final day​:
    (Computational methods (DFT), Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Quasi-elastic Scattering for soft or hard matter, Biological SANS data reduction, Polarized reflectometry for soft matter, Engineering strain in Materials, MAPS for catalysis, Dissolve for disordered materials, Phonon analysis)

The course includes free accommodation at Cosener's House in Abingdon, and travel expenses (within the UK only) - and is free to participating students

Selection criteria for applications to the Neutron Training Course

The number of applications to attend the Neutron Training Course has always exceeded the number of places available on the course, and hence it has been necessary to have a selection procedure for allocating the places. It also means that we are unable to accept applications from undergraduates or masters students.​ One ISIS representative for each of the three modules attends a selection meeting together with one external ISIS user. The criteria used in making the selection are as follows:

  • Preference is given to students funded from the UK, (this is interpreted broadly and it includes University, Research Council or UK Industry funding) and those from ISIS partner nations: Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, India.
  • Preference is given to students at the beginning of their studies in neutron scattering.
  • Preference is given to applicants who, in the judgement of the selection committee will make a major use of neutron scattering, particularly at ISIS, in their studies.

In the assessment of applications, the statements submitted by the applicant and their supervisor carry the greatest weight, and so we would encourage applicants to ensure that they submit a strong statement emphasising the significance of neutron scattering in their research. In the event of a dispute concerning the outcome of the selection procedure, an ombudsman who has no involvement in the current course will be appointed.

Please note that we are unable to provide any travel funding for participants to reach the UK from the country where they are based. Participants will need to find their own funding for this and any necessary visa​.

Course Organizers

Helen Walker   01235 446720
Alex Hannon   01235 445358
Najet Mahmoudi
  01235 445011​

Contact: Walker, Helen (STFC,RAL,ISIS)