Cryogenic Sample Environment Industrial Placement
UK Research and Innovation
🚀 Placement Program
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- The ideal candidate for this Cryogenic Sample Environment Industrial Placement should be enrolled in an undergraduate degree course, possess a minimum average of 2:1 in Physics, have the ability to work in a radiation controlled area, and have good communication and time/task management skills. They should also be willing to learn new skills, have experience with experimental measurements and data analysis, and a strong understanding of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, or cryogenic engineering.
- The candidate will join the cryogenics team for 12 months, contributing to day-to-day activities and gaining technical skills in ULT and high magnetic field equipment. They will investigate the dependence of HTS superconductor critical current on temperature and strain, and develop a prototype thermal weak-link assembly for live neutron experiments.
- You will join the cryogenics team within the sample environment group at ISIS Neutron and Muon source. ISIS Neutron and Muon source completes 1200 experiments per year, covering a range of disciplines, on samples brought in from a community of some 2000 external users which are investigated using a smorgasbord of techniques. Approximately 2/3 of the experiments require the application of specialist sample conditions, including ultra-low temperatures (ULT) down to 20 mK and high magnetic fields up to 13 T, for which the cryogenics team is responsible.
- In this placement, the successful candidate will work on a component of a collaborative project developing a new high field magnet (up to 25 T) based on a hybrid design of conventional and high-Tc superconductors (HTS). To this end, the successful candidate will be instructed through a development of their theoretical physical understanding of, and practical ability with, cryogenic and high magnetic field equipment. Then, using these skills they will use the ENGIN-X stress rig to cool HTS tapes and measure their properties.
- 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
- Ability to work in a radiation controlled area
- Achieved average of at least 2:1 on currently completed portion of Physics degree course
- Good communication, team working, and time/task management skills
- The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical, hands-on and theoretical
- Familiarity with making experimental measurements individually or in a small group, analysing data and establishing next steps
- Experience with electronic experimental data collection using, for example, oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters and lock-in amplifiers
- Use of a scientific programming language (e.g. Python/MatLab/Labview) for data collection or analysis
- Strong undergraduate-level understanding of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics or cryogenic engineering
Area of Responsibilities
Research & Development
- Join the cryogenics team for a period of 12 months.
- Contribute to the day-to-day activities of the group, gaining a high level of technical skill in a bustling scientific environment.
- Develop their theoretical physical understanding of, and practical ability with, ULT and high magnetic field equipment.
- Perform an investigation into the dependence of HTS superconductor critical current on temperature and applied strain.
- Progress an existing prototype thermal weak-link assembly into a final version which can be deployed to live neutron experiments. This will be used on dilution refrigerators in order to access the temperature range 50 mK – 4 K, instead of the usual range limited to 1 K.
Oct 29, 2023