Sandwich Student - ISIS Operations
22 Sep 2015




ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences. Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials s


Employing some 300 engineers and scientists, the success of ISIS depends critically on support staff and the reliability of the component parts. To address reliability issues, the ISIS Accelerator Performance Improvement Section (IAPI) was created to investigate and implement ways of improving machine down time. The First Line Diagnosis tool (FLDt) project was set up to develop fault analysis pathways for the ISIS Operations Crew to help reduce the time to diagnose and repair faults. Following on from a limited release, further development of the web based tool, interfacing to SharePoint and other systems is required and, as a result, we need to recruit versatile and prolific support staff to work within this small but expanding team.

The successful applicant will work with the section leader and all operational staff to facilitate ongoing FLDt project development, implementation and support. In addition, the development of existing e-log software forms part of the overall portfolio of work. This exciting post presents many opportunities to be creative and innovative; the role will allow the flexibility to help guide the future of this and other projects and initiatives.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities:
To learn about the ISIS technical systems on a broader level so as to contribute to FLDt and other initiatives.

To communicate with technical staff for information gathering purposes.

To author technical content for FLDt in the form of flow charts, written procedures, spreadsheets and some photography using appropriate software.

To provide basic ICT support, (for approximate 25% of the role), investigating and suggesting software improvements.

To contribute to research, planning, development and evaluation to ensure the progress and success of ongoing IAPI section projects and initiatives

Contacts and Communication;
The successful applicant will be part of the team developing and supporting FLDt and other Section projects and initiatives.  As part of their work the successful applicant will interact with ISIS engineers and support staff. This temporary post will be part of the ISIS Accelerator Performance Improvement Section.

Personal Skills and Attributes:
The successful applicant will be well organised, particularly when managing many activities in parallel; they must be able to balance priorities and deadlines effectively. They will need to work well in a team and be innovative when developing new resources and solving problems. They should demonstrate good interpersonal skills when working with people at different levels.

The successful applicant must be enthusiastic about science and engineering matters relating to the post and be able to convey their enthusiasm clearly. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

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