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Developing Online Scientific Training for Neutron and Muon Experiments Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides beams of subatomic particles that are used to study a wide range of different materials in order to answer questions in science and engineering. It is used by scientists from the UK and around the world working in both academia and industry. ISIS actively engages in training its users, providing a variety of face-to-face courses that are internationally world-class. Recently these courses have been supplemented by online learning materials open to users around the world and this role involves crafting further materials to cover a wider range of scientific areas. 

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

In the course of the project, the students will be supported in learning the fundamentals of the muon and neutron experimental techniques used to study materials across a wide range of science areas! Students will then move on to collaboratively develop their project within the following areas: 

  • Researching, writing, and presenting online exercises, quizzes, and tailoring directed courses based on the principles of neutron and muon experiments. 
  • Developing supporting materials for training school experiments that show the practical details, the scientific basis for them, and how the data are analysed 
  • Working with ISIS staff and international partners on the online learning platform
  • Disseminating output through technical reports, posters and presentations

The materials developed will be actively used in supporting and training new and existing ISIS users in details of sample preparation, data collection and data analysis.  

Within this role there are considerable opportunities where we will help you develop a broad range of professional skills and learn about a wide range of contemporary science, with support from scientific and technical specialists! We may have additional opportunities for you to take part in scientific research as well. 

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  
  • A-Level Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Biology 
  • Undergraduate-level understanding of a STEM subject  
  • Good communication skills and can demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical 


  • Familiarity with online learning courses  
  • Communication skills relevant to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences  
  • Web-based content creation skills (e.g. Wikis or website creation)  
  • Skills useful for generating videos, animations, or graphics  
  • Basic computer programming skills  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  
  • Problem solving abilities  
  • Interest and understanding of how people learn 

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