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Accelerator Physics Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The ISIS Synchrotron group is responsible for the operation, optimisation, development, and upgrading of the ISIS accelerators. An essential part of this work is R&D into high intensity limitations of proton rings, backed up by experimental and simulation studies, in particular the design of the future ISIS-II facility.

In this placement the candidate will develop machine models, contribute to theoretical machine designs, as well as gain practical experience participating in machine operations and diagnostic measurement periods. 

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Implement python-based simulations of the existing ISIS synchrotron and multiple ISIS-II accelerator design options using the group’s accelerator simulation framework. 
  • Maintain and develop the accelerator simulation framework as required in order to support the group in the next design phase of the ISIS-II facility. 
  • After an introductory period, tackle projects as required in order to contribute to the next design phase of the ISIS-II facility, for example: 
  • Implementing physics processes in the existing model 
  • Investigating failure or error scenarios 
  • Taking measurements on the existing accelerators to benchmark codes 
  • Transfer legacy models to updated Git-based accelerator simulation framework and implement methods to be available to all members of the group 
  • Develop and implement methods of testing the accelerator simulation framework for future-proofing and bug resilience 
  • Communicate regularly with the group, assessing their needs and updating them with improvements made to the accelerator simulation framework and/or ISIS-II designs

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate physics 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 communication and problem solving skills  
  • A genuine interest and passion for physics  
  • Ability to tackle numerical problems using computers, specifically using Python  
  • Self-motivated, able to assimilate large amounts of sophisticated information and apply relevant parts in practice, knows when to ask for help  
  • Ability to work individually using own initiative and as part of a team  


  • Familiarity with multiple operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windows)  
  • Familiarity with revision control software such as Git 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Physics
  • Science

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