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🚀 Internship

Detector Development for Muon and Neutron Applications Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The candidate must be enrolled in an undergraduate physics degree, able to work independently and analyze data, possess scientific computing skills, have good communication abilities, and be willing to work with ionizing radiation. Desirable traits include knowledge of ionizing radiation detectors, experience with test equipment, and an interest in experimental physics.
  • The candidate will be responsible for designing and constructing prototype detectors, experimenting with their characteristics, optimizing their design, and analyzing data. They will also have the opportunity to evaluate the performance of their prototypes in a real-world environment.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science


Apply by Oct 29


  • This position is aimed at students interested in developing state-of-the-art instrumentation. You will work within the Detector Systems Group, learning how develop and build new detector technologies for future use at the ISIS suite of neutron and muon instruments. 
  • We have three positions, each specialising in one class of detector technology. The interview process will look for candidates with a keen interest in detector technologies. The successful candidates will be trained in one of the following three specialisms:

3He filled neutron detectors:

  • In the group’s gas detector section, 3He filled µRWELL detectors are being investigated for use on ISIS beam lines. Initial evaluation of these detectors has been very successful. Investigations are now continuing to explore the full potential and applications of these devices at ISIS. The challenge is to successfully process the very small and fast signals from these detectors to achieve the required performance.

Positron detectors for Muon Spectroscopy:

  • Within the muon detector section of the group, an extensive development program is underway to deliver detectors for our latest muon spectrometer, ‘Super MuSR’. Super MuSR will ensure a ground-breaking increase in counting rate and time resolution thanks to its 1000-element array and the use of digital signal processing techniques. The challenge is to optimise the detector performance, requiring the development of experimental methods, signal processing and data analysis.

Neutron Detectors using scintillators and wavelength–shifting optical readout:

  • The scintillator section is conducting world-leading research on novel scintillation based neutron detectors. These detectors will make up a significant portion of the detector suite for our £90 million Endeavour Programme which is creating new instruments on ISIS. The current challenge is to develop large-area scintillator detectors that can cope with the challenging neutron rates and positioning accuracy requirements. The successful candidate will learn and apply scintillator physics, light collection strategies and signal processing algorithms leading to new technologies for our Endeavour Programme.
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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
  • Studying for a degree in physics or another physics related degree
  • Ability to work independently and engage in self-motivated learning
  • Enjoy problem solving and pursuing an experimental development programme
  • Able to analyse data and draw conclusions
  • Demonstrate scientific computing related skills
  • Have good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Be willing to work with ionising radiation
  • Desirable:
  • Have knowledge of ionizing radiation detectors
  • Have experience using test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, for processing electronic signals
  • Demonstrate an extra-curricular interest in experimental physics
  • Please note we can only accept a maximum of 2 applications per candidate.
  • 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

Research & Development


  • The successful candidates will investigate methods to produce detectors with the required performance and at an acceptable cost. This is typically done by designing and constructing a series of prototype detectors, experimentally determining the characteristics of these detectors and optimising the design in our suite of laboratories. In addition, the successful candidates will be awarded beam time on an ISIS instrument to evaluate the performance of their prototypes in their ultimate environment.
  • The successful candidates will be responsible for carrying out the experimental programme, with both hands-on experimental responsibilities as well as data analysis tasks. Help and advice will be provided by the supervisors. You are also encouraged to present the results of your project in regular meetings with your line manager and in section meetings.
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29