Laser Scientist - Graduate Trainee
13 Oct 2015




STFC’s award winning graduate scheme offers structured training, a real job with real responsibilities from day 1 and a direct route to professional accreditation. It will allow you to use your degree in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture.


Description of the Department

ISIS is the spallation neutron source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Operation centres on a high intensity synchrotron, which accelerates protons for delivery onto a heavy metal target for neutron production. Efficient operation of the synchrotron requires a comprehensive knowledge of the proton beam dynamics. A team of highly trained accelerator physicists is responsible for optimal operation and development of this world leading machine. Ongoing study and research into the physics of high intensity proton beams provides the knowledge underpinning reliable day to day facility operation, and also for the designs for major future upgrades. Trainee accelerator physicists are required at the graduate level to join the accelerator physics team.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

The job holder will report to the Machine Physics Operations Section Leader.  Duties to include;

•         The post holder will be trained in, and contribute to, accelerator physics work required for operating, optimising and upgrading the ISIS Accelerators using advanced mathematical techniques

•         Contribute to accelerator physics topics, upgrade projects and research into high intensity beams.

•         Assist in the start-up and day to day operation of the ISIS accelerator facility, addressing beam related problems and improving machine performance.

•         Work with and develop large physics simulation codes for EM modelling and Particle Tracking. 

•         Contribute to the development of the beam measurement and control applications.

•         Produce reports and present work at both internal and external events.

•         Willingness to travel to Conferences and collaborations work both within the UK and overseas.

•         To be able to work outside normal hours and be willing to take part in  “on call” work as an when required

•         Work will also involve occasional time in radiation areas requiring the candidate to be a classified radiation worker.

Contacts and Communication

The candidate is expected to have good written and verbal communication skills.

Working both on their own and in multi-disciplinary teams, the post holder will make regular formal and informal contact with team members, lead physicists/engineers and visitors.  The level of communication will be appropriate for a physicist who will be expected to publish and present papers at international meetings in due course. Production of reports and presentations summarising work will be a normal part of the job.

Personal Skills and Attributes

The candidate is expected to enjoy the challenges of working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and should also be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

The post requires a good physics degree, plus ability to creatively use and apply this knowledge: a high level of motivation and interest in physics is expected to take on some of the challenging topics. Training will be given as required, but experience in computer programming, and some knowledge of electronics would be an advantage.  Ability to think through complicated technical and practical problems is expected. Work can also be expected to involve studies on real accelerator related hardware, requiring awareness of safety issues, and real application of physics.

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