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Nuclear Analysis Placement Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

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 placement student will work closely with a team of nuclear analysis specialists 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 neutronics placement student will also help perform experiments at the ISIS facility to test new materials & help benchmark simulation performance.  

Previous placement student projects include analysis of the background gamma radiation, application of machine learning to moderator lifetime prediction, simulation and benchmarking of a neutron instrument. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the neutronics team to perform nuclear analysis calculations and benchmarking and 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 

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  
  • Currently studying physics or computing focused course  
  • Experience of computer programming such as Python, C or Fortran  
  • Proficient and confident using mathematics to solve problems  
  • Knowledge of data analysis techniques  
  • Good communication, organizational and problem-solving skills  
  • Willingness to learn and passionate 
  • Basic research skills i.e. use of journals  
  • Knowledge of STFC/ISIS  


  • Knowledge of nuclear physics  
  • Knowledge/awareness of Monte Carlo Methods, radiation and radiation safety  
  • Awareness of high performance computing  
  • Research experience as part of a larger project 

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 

You can also visit our careers site 

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  

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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