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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £19404
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Category: General Engineering Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £19,404
Contract Type: Fixed Term 12 months
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 3rd November 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing: 25th November 2019

STFC - ISIS - Development of Neutron Irradiation of Electronics Industrial Placement

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - javascript:void(0);

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. 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, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials. ISIS has recently completed the ChipIr instrument on its Second Target Station. This instrument has been designed to be one of the world’s best accelerated testing facilities for single-event effects in electronic chips. Single-event effects occur when fast “atmospheric” neutrons cause errors in electronic equipment and are increasing in importance across the electronics industry as chips are being used in more and more critical end-uses. The ChipIr instrument is currently in the later part of its technical and scientific commissioning and already is developing strong commercial and industrial user base across the electronics and avionics sector alongside a vibrant academic user community.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:

An industrial placement student vacancy exists to join the group running the ChipIr instrument. You will investigate the vulnerability of neural network systems to neutrons. Neural networks are becoming an attractive solution in safety critical applications, for automating vehicles in the consumer, military, and aerospace markets. Thanks to the intrinsic approximate nature of neural-network computation, some output errors are sufficiently close to the expected value that the application treats them as correct. Through irradiation campaigns, the student will identify the causes of tolerable and critical errors.

You will:

* Work within a team delivering a neutron irradiation facility to a world-wide electronics industry
* Develop a fast-neutron irradiation experiments on electronics devices (such as SRAMs, FPGAs)
* Develop test regime and procedures to demonstrate the effectiveness of the test in the ChipIr neutron beam
* Extend fast neutron measurement for diagnostics on the ISIS source and potentially cross calibration with other world wide neutron facilities
* Compare results of 14 MeV neutrons and atmospheric
* Get involved in the commissioning and development of detector systems.

The position represents an excellent opportunity to work on a state-of-the-art instrument in a highly industrially relevant and rapidly developing area and to develop your skills in scientific and technical computing, problem solving, communication and team working.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Criteria to be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)


* 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 (S)
* Right to live and work in the UK (S)


* Good interpersonal and communication skills (S&I)
* Demonstrated ability and initiative in solving technical and scientific problems (S&I)
* Enthusiasm, motivation and initiative (S&I)
* Ability to work independently and in a team (S&I)
* Laboratory experience (S&I)
* Awareness of some aspects of scientific data analysis techniques, software and programming (S&I)
* Some knowledge of one or more of the standard computing languages used at ISIS (e.g. Python, Fortran, C, C++, Java,Visual Basic, Labview etc) (S&I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.

Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop .

STFC Industrial Placement Application form

To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.

You can apply for up to two Industrial Placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.

Closing date: 3rd November 2019

Interview/assessment date: 25th– 28th of November 2019

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.

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