ISIS Neutron Training Course
11 Nov 2009



The annual 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.

​​​​​​​​​​​ISIS Neutron Training Course 2018 poster


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

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

Registration is via the form in the link below and will close on November 30th, 2017


(Please note, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming your registration has been received, if you do not please contact one of the organisers listed below.)

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

Students on the 2017 NTC​
Outline of Course
  • Basic Principles:
    (Neutron Time-of-flight, Detectors, Neutron materials and interations, Instrument Components, Neutron Scattering Theory)
  • Chemistry and Materials:  
  • ​(Powder and single crystal diffraction, Rietveld refinement (GSAS), Molecular Spectroscopy, Diffuse scattering, Non-crystalline materials scattering)
  • Physics:
  • ​(Neutron diffraction, magnetic Rietveld refinement (Fullprof), inelastic scattering - polycrystals and single crystals, and reflectometry)
  • Soft Matter:
    (Sample preperation and deuteration, Small-angle neutron scattering, Neutron reflectometry)
  • Optional Modules: 
  • (Computational methods (DFT), Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Quasi-elastic Scattering, Biological SANS data reduction, Polarized reflectometry for soft matter, Strain in Materials)

The course includes accommodation at Cosener's House in Abingdon, and travel expenses (within the UK) - 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. 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.
  • 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.

Click here​ to download the neutron training course poster in PDF format

Course Organizers

Helen Walker   01235 446720
Alex Hannon   01235 445358
Christy Kinane   01235 446043​

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