ISIS Summer Student Scheme
01 Feb 2019
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Our summer student scheme allows students studying for a degree in Science, Engineering or Computing to gain experience working in the scientific environment at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. ​​

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Are you a student in Science, Engineering, Math or Computing? Are you looking for an exciting summer vacation project?

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.

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 the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. 

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. ​

Applications for summer 2019 are now OPEN! Applications will close on the 31st March 2019.


How to apply:

  1. Select up to 3 projects from the list below.
  2. Prepare your CV and transcripts in pdf or an image format (such as jpg or png).
  3. Fill in the online application​ form and ...
  4. ... e-mail your CV and transcripts to jobs@uksbs.co.uk​ by the 31st March 2019!

List of Projects:​
Click on the links for details and requirements.

STFC-ISIS-1: Deuteration Facility Summer Students: Flow Chemistry Method Development + Amino Acid Synthesis
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. 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... Link
You might particularly like this if you are intere​sted in: Chemistry, Natural Sciences

STFC-ISIS-2:Ultra-precise Modelling of the Next Generation of the ISIS accelerator
The ISIS neutron and muon source is based on one of the world's highest intensity proton accelerators. We are working on upgrading the proton accelerator to increase the beam intensity even further. In this project, we will describe the ISIS upgrade scheme in a state-of-the-art simulation code called OPAL (Object Oriented Parallel Accelerator Library), developed in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Computer Science​​

STFC-ISIS-3: The new liquids and glasses structure database
Neutron scattering from glasses or liquids is very different to that from crystals. The past few years of development in neutron scattering techniques have now revealed the structures of many such samples, e.g. pharmaceutical solutions, green solvents, and aromatic compounds. We aim to make these data more easily accessible to the wider scientific community... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science

STFC-ISIS-4: SasView Development Support

The ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source is a world-leading facility for condensed matter (nanoscale) research, and operates one of the largest and most advanced suites of Small-Angle Scattering (SAS) instruments anywhere. One of the challenges is developing user-oriented state-of-the-art data analysis software to meet the demands of the scientific programme... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical Sciences


STFC-ISIS-5:Making a muon stopping range and degrader calculator
Modelling the stopping range of charged particles in different materials is key to a range of science areas from particle physics to cancer therapy. At ISIS, muons are used to probe material properties, and this requires a beam of muons to be stopped within the sample. This project will develop a simple to use calculator... Link 
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

STFC-ISIS-6: Extending radiation source modelling capabilities in a new simulation code.
Radiation transport simulations are key to designing safe and efficient neutron instruments at spallation sources such as ISIS.  The radiation transport codes are being developed continually to utilise modern high performance computing facilities. The project will aim develop a module for the new deterministic code to extend the current source options... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

STFC-ISIS-7: Neutron and Muon Experiment Control Software Development
In order to control experimental setup and data collection for neutron experiments, we at ISIS develop and maintain a suite of software and associated systems for the scientists. The data acquired is collated from a number of distributed systems using various communications protocols... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing.

STFC-ISIS-8: Data Streaming and Data Reduction High-throughput for the European Spallation Source
The European Spallation Source, currently under construction in Sweden, will be the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron source upon completion in 2023. The experiments will produce very high data volumes of critical scientific data. This requires lossless transport, and high frequency IO for essential operations of the facility... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

STFC-ISIS-9: Growth of crystalline samples for encasing nuclear materials
We encounter radiation everywhere, with natural sources such as in terrestrial rocks and in science and technology, notably in nuclear power stations. The energy of emitted particles damages these materials and degrades them.This issue is particularly important in the safe immobilization of nuclear waste, and constitutes one of the pressing issues that modern society faces. Finding materials that are chemically stable, even when radiation-damaged, is a major challenge. This project is to discover if it is possible to make single crystals of the inert host material, zirconolite...Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials.

STFC-ISIS-10: Variable Temperature X-Ray Diffraction Method Developer
The position will offer the student an excellent opportunity in the field of crystallography to use and develop the skills they have acquired at university, whilst learning many new ones along the way. The main focus of the work will be to develop methodology for optimisation of measurements utilising variable temperature X-Ray diffraction measurements... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences

STFC-ISIS-11: Neutron spectroscopy and molecular simulations – force-field optimisation
This project aims to establish an innovative new method for analysing neutron spectroscopy.  The focus is in developing MDMC, an open source software package written in Python which allows force-field parameters of molecular simulations to be optimised against neutron spectroscopy data...Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

STFC-ISIS-12: Fit-Benchmarking Summer Student Project – Extending Fit-Benchmark to SasView
FitBenchmarking is an open source Python package that was first developed to compare how different fit minimizers perform on various fitting problems. The goal of this exciting summer project is to further develop the FitBenchmarking tool... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

STFC-ISIS-13: Building a database to discover the elemental composition of ancient artefacts using Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis
When we investigate the origins and properties of ancient artefacts it is essential to determine their elemental composition without damaging the specimen. Neutrons represent an invaluable tool in this respect. It is essential to build a reliable database containing quantitative information about the cross sections and resonance energies of the most common elements in the periodic table... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences

STFC-ISIS-14: Impact on buffer isotope content on protein interactions and structure.
The stability of a protein is fundamental to its biological function, hence investigating the effect of solvation and hydrogen bonding on its structure and interactions is of great importance in biology and medicine. In this project we will investigate the structure and interactions of two globular proteins as a function of the solvent D2O content... Link 
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Biology, Chemistry

STFC-ISIS-15: Contributing to outreach activities within the ISIS muon group
The ISIS muon group are involved in several important outreach activities during 2019. These include developing the website muonsources.org (likely to be also used by the International Society of Muon Spectroscopy), running an international advanced school on muon techniques, and supporting new webpages providing technical information about muon chemistry... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences​, Communications, Computing

STFC-ISIS-16: Developing a component library for parallelized simulations of neutron instruments
Neutrons are exceptionally powerful probes of materials properties. Although their useful properties make neutrons ideal probe particles, they are both difficult and expensive to produce, and it is therefore critical that neutron instruments are designed to best use the limited number available. A powerful computer simulation tool to achieve this is Monte-Carlo ray-tracing... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

STFC-ISIS-17: Data Analysis for Muon Spectroscopy
Muon spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying a wide variety of materials, from exotic many-body quantum states to the chemical reactions of free radicals. The work is will involve learning new computer languages, coding and documenting mathematical functions with reference to published research, testing the new functions by analysing real experimental data... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

STFC-ISIS-18: QENS and MD analysis of bio-macromolecules
Neutron scattering has helped underpin our understanding of soft matter science. Understanding such complex environments is far from trivial, but Molecular Dynamic simulations overlap the time and length scales accessible. This project will focus on the interpretation of existing simulations of hydrated and lyophilised proteins and subsequent comparison with results from existing neutron data... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Biology, Chemistry​, Natural Sciences

STFC-ISIS-19: Vacation Student Web Developer in the Science Facilities Computing group
Computing is essential to the science that we support. We would love to have a vacation student join our team this summer to help develop software used to support our operations. We mainly develop tiered solutions using Java, C# and web technologies... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Software Engineering, Computer Science

STFC-ISIS-20: ISIS neutron source python teaching tool
The project is to design, implement and test a python program themed around aspects of the computing that takes place at ISIS. The users of this program would be secondary school computing students... Link​
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Software Engineering, Computer Science

STFC-ISIS-21: ISIS Summer Student for the development of elemental analysis using muons
This project is to develop the unique capabilities by the muon facility. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray emission which is element dependent and therefore can result in the determination of the elemental composition. We would like to employ a summer student to develop new data analysis techniques that can be used to speed up the identification of the elements from the X-ray spectrum... Link
You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

Not enought choice? Have a look at our colleagues at STFC​ where you can find even more projects. You can only apply for three projects in total at ISIS and STFC​ though.

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