ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences. Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world!
Employing some 400 engineers and scientists, the success of ISIS depends critically on support staff and the reliability of the component parts. To address reliability issues, the ISIS Performance Improvement Section investigates and implements ways of improving machine down time. This role within the PI projects team will work on the First Line Diagnosis tool (FLD), set up to develop fault analysis pathways for the ISIS Operations crew to help reduce the time to diagnose and repair faults. Following on from the initial release, further development of the web based tool onto a new and improved platform (FLD3), interfacing to SharePoint Cloud is required, and we need to recruit versatile support staff, with an engineering and computing skill set, to work within this small but growing team.
The successful applicant will work with the section leader, performance improvement engineer and operational staff to facilitate ongoing project development, implementation and support. Upgrading FLD2.3 to FLD3 will form much of the work during the year, however this one year post presents many opportunities to be creative and innovative within new and ongoing projects including data analysis and user interface tools. Two other projects are presently in development and may be included in this post: There is a requirement to develop the interface between the machine control system to present the data into the electronic logbook called Opralog. An additional project called RONA, co shared with the controls group utilises similar technologies to provide real-time indications of control system data within a web-based GUI. There will also be continued development of the operational dashboard project.
They will grasp engineering concepts so as to provide value to the team in discussions about creative performance improvements. They will be well organised, particularly when handling many activities in parallel; they will need to balance priorities and due dates efficiently.
They will be hardworking about science, engineering and computer science matters relating to the post and convey their passion clearly. They must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.
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