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Nuclear Analysis Placement Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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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 optimisation 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 programme to gather data to support future facility designs. 

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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, organisational 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 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Software
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