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Software Developer – ISIS Experiment Controls Group Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.  

ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a modern suite of neutron and muon instrumentation. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology.  

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In order to control and capture data from the ISIS experiments a suite of software and associated systems is developed and maintained by staff in the Experiment Control Group. Our in-house instrument control software is called IBEX, and is responsible for the control and monitoring of experiment conditions (such as temperature, magnetic fields, beamline alignment), as well as co-ordinating the collection and collation of experiment data from a variety of sources. The IBEX project uses the open source EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) and Eclipse/RCP frameworks. Development is carried out in a number of programming languages including: Java, Python, and C++. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

The position will be as a full member of a software development team. You will be responsible for developing new drivers for use with the hardware that controls experiments and related support activities at ISIS. You will also be involved in developing and maintaining the user interfaces.  

IBEX and other projects are developed using an Agile methodology, and you will have the opportunity to get involved all aspect of the process!  

You will be responsible for full life-cycle development from specification, which will involve interacting with the customer, through simulation and programming to testing and deployment of software solutions for various items of hardware used to control the conditions of experiments at ISIS.  

The placement will involve interaction with scientists and engineers within ISIS as well as with other members of the team.  

Some of the work may require you working with systems that can sustain extreme temperatures and produce strong magnetic fields. There is also the chance to interact with automated motion systems and international collaborators! 

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  
  • Ability to occasionally work in a radiation controlled area  
  • Studying computer science, software engineering or an IT related subject area combined with significant exposure to software development.  
  • Excellent knowledge of modern programming languages such as Java, C++, C# or Python  
  • Knowledge of OOP paradigm  
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrable good team working capabilities  
  • A desire to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them 


  • Good knowledge of standard methodologies in programming, software design patterns and techniques  
  • Good knowledge of agile development methodologies  
  • Familiarity with version control systems e.g. 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...

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems

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