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Developing Online Scientific Training for Neutron and Muon Experiments Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides beams of subatomic particles that are used to study a wide range of different materials in order to answer questions in science and engineering. It is used by scientists from the UK and around the world working in both academia and industry. ISIS actively engages in training its users, providing a variety of face-to-face courses that are internationally world-class. Recently these courses have been supplemented by online learning materials open to users around the world and this role involves crafting further materials to cover a wider range of scientific areas. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

In the course of the project, the students will be supported in learning the fundamentals of the muon and neutron experimental techniques used to study materials across a wide range of science areas! Students will then move on to collaboratively develop their project within the following areas: 

  • Researching, writing, and presenting online exercises, quizzes, and tailoring directed courses based on the principles of neutron and muon experiments. For more information about the type of learning materials being built, see: 
  • Developing supporting materials for training school experiments that show the practical details, the scientific basis for them, and how the data are analysed 
  • Working with ISIS staff and international partners on the online learning platform
  • Disseminating output through technical reports, posters and presentations

The materials developed will be actively used in supporting and training new and existing ISIS users in details of sample preparation, data collection and data analysis.  

Within this role there are considerable opportunities where we will help you develop a broad range of professional skills and learn about a wide range of contemporary science, with support from scientific and technical specialists! We may have additional opportunities for you to take part in scientific research as well. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • 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-Level Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Biology 
  • Undergraduate-level understanding of a STEM subject  
  • Good communication skills and can demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical 


  • Familiarity with online learning courses  
  • Communication skills relevant to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences  
  • Web-based content creation skills (e.g. Wikis or website creation)  
  • Skills useful for generating videos, animations, or graphics  
  • Basic computer programming skills  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  
  • Problem solving abilities  
  • Interest and understanding of how people learn 

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. 

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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. 

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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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