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🚀 Internship

Cosmic Ray Effects On Electronics Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The candidate must be currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course, have the right to live and work in the UK, possess good interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation, and initiative. It is desirable for the candidate to have knowledge in scientific data analysis techniques and programming languages.
  • The candidate will work on neutron irradiation facilities, calibrate NILE neutron generators, conduct experiments on solid-state detectors and electronics devices, perform neutron measurements for diagnostics, compare neutron results, and develop skills in physics, computing, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.

Placement Program

Science, Software Engineering


Apply by Oct 29


  • A sandwich student vacancy exists to join the group running the ChipIr and NILE instruments. The successful candidate will join us in evaluating the characteristics of the NILE instrument sources, using different detection techniques, and in determining the best detection technique for each instrument.
  • Neutrons of high energies (> 10 MeV) are the source of disruption and reliability problems in modern electronic devices, particularly in highly advanced technologies. The successful candidate will identify the effects of neutron irradiation on electronic technologies that are being increasingly used in safety critical applications, such as for automating vehicles and for the aerospace market. These technologies include SRAM memories, and potentially machine learning and AI systems. Neural networks are of particular interest: 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 compare ChipIr and the DT neutron generator, and will examine the disruptions caused by the intermediate energy neutrons produced by the DD neutron source.
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  • Essential:
  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course
  • Are required or have requested to take an industrial placement year
  • Able to commence employment in summer 2024
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability and initiative in solving technical and scientific problems
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and initiative 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • High degree of responsibility, commitment and reliability
  • Desirable:
  • Awareness of some aspects of scientific data analysis techniques, software and programming
  • 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)
  • Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.
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Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Software Engineering


  • Work within a team delivering neutron irradiation facilities to a world-wide electronics industry
  • Gain experience in methods for the calibration of the NILE neutron generators.
  • Develop intermediate and fast-neutron irradiation experiments on solid-state detectors (such as Si, SiC, diamond detectors) and scintillators.
  • Develop fast-neutron irradiation experiments on electronics devices (such as SRAMs, FPGAs), collaborating with international users.
  • Perform 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, determine significance of 2.5 MeV neutrons.
  • 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 and knowledge in physics, scientific and technical computing, problem solving, communication and team working.
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29