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Controls Web Interfaces Developer Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of sophisticated neutron and muon instrumentation. Visiting scientists use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. 

From the Main Control Room shifts of ISIS crew operate the ISIS accelerators for continuous runs of between seven and nine weeks, respond to alarms and alerts from the hardware, and make adjustments for smooth operation. The ISIS Controls Group runs the hardware and software that is used to control the ISIS ion source, linear accelerator, and synchrotron which in combination accelerate protons into the ISIS targets to produce neutrons. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

Our previous industrial placement students have developed Rona, a web-based system for viewing alerts in our existing controls system. However, we are now upgrading to a new controls system and Rona needs to be adapted to function with both old and new systems. To enable this new interfaces and capabilities will need to be added to our existing back-end systems of messaging and databases.  

We are also planning on adding brand-new features to Rona to improve the experience for our users in the ISIS Main Control Room (MCR).  

This placement will prototype and demonstrate new UI interface features, and adapt them based on feedback from the MCR crew and others. This will be primarily front-end work, though some features may need new capabilities added to the existing back-end.  

Together these will give you the opportunity to develop the skills of a full-stack web developer! 

Our team is storing a growing amount of data to support long-term diagnostics and machine-learning. Although we have web-based interfaces to this data, there are significant barriers to wider use of the data. One of the most important of these barriers is that our unique labels for the data do not necessarily match the names expected by our users. You will develop a simple search engine to locate data of interest based on our existing metadata drawn from our databases, control screens, and other sources. 

UI skills will support our users and machine learning team in exploring and applying data from across the ISIS accelerators. 

In addition to the two projects above, other web-based projects may arise as our control systems upgrade produces unexpected opportunities and problems to tackle. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  

Essential:  

  • 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  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • A software development or computing field background/experience 
  • Experience programming, including JavaScript or a similar object-oriented language  
  • Ability to work with other developers in a team and to adapt based on feedback from other developers and users 

Desirable:  

  • Good communication skills  
  • Knowledge and experience of web technologies and development frameworks, e.g. React  
  • Knowledge and experience with databases including SQL, NoSQL or time-series databases  
  • Experience with version control, e.g. git, and interest in professional software development methods 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.

For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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