Nuclear Analysis and Simulation Sandwich Student - Placement

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
09 Oct 2018
06 Nov 2018
Start Date
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations. We're trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we're driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. 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, health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, and on to fundamental studies of materials. The neutronics group is responsible for the nuclear analysis used to support the design and optimization of upgrades to the target, reflector and moderator assemblies as well as new neutron instrument beamlines. The main focus of the neutronics group is large scale simulation of the facility but we also have an increasing experimental program to gather data to support future facility designs.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The nuclear analysis sandwich student will work closely with a team of nuclear analysis experts to develop, test and improve the facility simulations. This could be testing how a new radiation transport code scales on large high performance computers, writing code to automate analysis, 3D visualisation of results or analysing experimental data on new moderator materials. The nuclear analysis sandwich student will also help perform experiments at the ISIS facility to test new materials & help benchmark simulation performance.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria:

  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • currently studying a STEM subject (S)
  • experience of computer programming such as python, C or Fortran (S&I)
  • competent and confident using mathematics to solve problems (S&I)
  • knowledge of data analysis techniques (S&I)
  • good oral and written communication skills (S&I)
  • ability to work as part of a team (I)
  • good organisational and problem-solving skills (S&I)
  • willingness to learn (I)
  • enthusiasm (I)
  • basic research skills i.e. use of journals (S&I)
  • knowledge of STFC/ISIS (I).

  • knowledge of nuclear physics (S&I)
  • knowledge of Monte Carlo Methods (S&I)
  • knowledge of radiation and radiation safety (S&I)
  • knowledge of high performance computing (S&I)
  • research experience as part of a larger project (S&I).

  • working with the neutronics team to perform nuclear analysis calculations and bench marking
  • working with the neutronics team to develop and test tools and codes for nuclear analysis
  • to perform experiments and analyse the data
  • produce written reports and presentations on the work performed.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at .

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world.

Interview Date: 27th - 29th November 2018

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