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Elemental Analysis Instrumentation Developer 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. The ISIS Muon Group operates two facilities (EC Muons and RIKEN-RAL) which comprises of seven muon area for condensed matter and molecular studies.  

This project is to develop the elemental analysis offered by the RIKEN-RAL muon facility.  

Implanting negative muons into materials results in X-ray and gamma emission, which is element dependent. Measuring the energy and intensity of such emission peaks can therefore be used to resolve elemental composition of samples. These X-rays can have large energies (~MeV), allowing them to travel cms through materials therefore probing beneath the surface is entirely possible, making this a novel and potentially powerful non-destructive probe.  

This technique can be used in many areas of science, from cultural heritage to bio-materials to energy related materials. Many users of this type of elemental analysis are not specialists in the technique and unfamiliar with large facility based experiments. Automated data analysis, already used for the similar technique of X-Ray fluorescence, is therefore key for developing the technique and widening its applications.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

This project will involve: 

  • The development, installation and implementation of the new data acquisition system 
  • Calibration of the detectors 
  • Implementation of automatic data analysis along with simulations for a background modelling 
  • Improved modeling of the experimental setup using modelling code (GEANT4) 
  • Gamma analysis, identification and isotope determination
  • Inclusion of these developments into e-learning and detailed documentation 

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  
  • Undergraduate level of Physics and/or Chemistry  
  • Experience of basic computer programming, preferably python  
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • An understanding of electronics and computer control  
  • The willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Good communication skills  
  • Willing to work in the ISIS experimental halls  


  • Understanding of an elemental analysis technique  
  • Experience of sophisticated computer programming, preferably python  
  • Experience of sophisticated electronics and computing control  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  
  • Problem solving abilities 
  • Willing to undertake travel on business, within and outside the UK 

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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