Sandwich Student - ISIS Performance Improvement
15 Mar 2017
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STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree.  Each year STFC recruit up to 45 sandwich students who are able to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university in a working environment, providing learn

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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 science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Employing some 360 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 Performance Improvement Section was created to investigate and implement ways of improving machine down time. The First Line Diagnosis tool (FLD) 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 its release, further development of the web based tool, interfacing to SharePoint and other systems are required and, as a result, we need to recruit versatile and prolific support staff, with an engineering and computing skill set, to work within this small but expanding team.

You must be enthusiastic about science, computing, programming and engineering matters relating to the post and be able to convey their enthusiasm clearly. They must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

LIST OF DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES

To learn about the ISIS technical systems on a broader level so as to contribute to section initiatives.

To contribute to research, planning, development and evaluation to ensure the progress and success of ongoing Performance Improvement section projects and initiatives including FLD and a growing list of new initiatives.

To help in authoring technical content for FLD in the form of flow charts using appropriate software.

To provide ICT support, investigating and suggesting software improvements.

To help develop some IT systems using ‘basic’ coding and software development

To communicate with technical staff for information gathering purposes.

PERSONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

You 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.

You must be enthusiastic about science, engineering and computer science matters relating to the post and be able to convey their enthusiasm clearly. They must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

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