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Particle Accelerator Physicist Industrial Placement - STFC

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210000UG Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

ISIS is a spallation neutron and muon source at Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory near Didcot, Oxfordshire. Neutrons and muons are produced through the impacting of an 800 MeV, high-intensity (2.5×1013 protons per pulse) proton beam into one of several targets. The proton beam starts as a beam of hydride (H-) ions, which are accelerated to 70 MeV in a linear injector section. These ions are then “stripped” of their electrons as they are injected into the synchrotron ring, whereupon they are further accelerated to 800 MeV.  

The accelerator division is focused on the continued maintenance, optimisation, design, and upgrading of the ISIS facility. This draws in people from a wide variety of disciplines (such as electrical engineers, vacuum engineers, physicists etc.) working towards a common goal. As part of the synchrotron group, the candidate will be working alongside physicists, who are typically focused on modelling and optimisation of the synchrotron, and electrical engineers, focused on beam diagnostics. The injector linac is a major source of beam loss through the acceleration cycle, and thus a limiting factor in the overall efficiency of the facility. While some modelling work has been carried out previously, there is relatively little when compared to modelling of the synchrotron. Due to the low energy of this accelerator section, the dynamics of the ion beam is complex, with space charge beam a significant factor in the evolution of the beam. Modelling of these processes and the resultant beam dynamics will aid in both designing future upgrades to the injector as well as optimisation of the current operational state.  

The successful student will be encouraged to both develop these models and validate them against measurements made on the machine.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

  • Learn the essentials of particle accelerator theory  
  • Understand the methodologies used for the computational modelling and simulation of particle accelerators  
  • Learn the specific methodologies used in the modelling of low-energy space charge dynamics  
  • Gain an understanding of the general operations of the ISIS facility  
  • Develop a model of the ISIS linac, building upon the work carried out previously  
  • Design and carry out an experimental validation scheme for the model against machine data  
  • Develop tools for use in this experiment  
  • Make use of the model to optimise injector performance  
  • Produce technical reports and deliver presentations on the modelling and experimental work carried out  

The successful student may be required to enter controlled radiation environments (following completion of the vital training)  

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  
  • Good scientific writing skills
  • Good communication skills 
  • Good organizational skills  


  • A 2:1 or higher average grade in the completed portion of undergraduate degree course  
  • Experience in general programming and data analysis (Python, C++) 
  • Experience with specific computing tools (LabView, MS Office) 
  • Prior knowledge of and interest in particle accelerators/accelerator physics theory  
  • Experience in conducting experimental studies; good experimental skills  
  • Willingness to enter and/or work in controlled radiation environments 

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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