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🚀 Internship

Elemental Analysis Instrumentation Development Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The ideal candidate for this Elemental Analysis Instrumentation Development Industrial Placement must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree, have A-Level Physics and/or Chemistry, possess basic computer programming skills (preferably in Python), be a team player with good communication skills, and be willing to develop new technical and non-technical skills. They should also have a flexible and open-minded mindset, problem-solving abilities, and be willing to travel for business purposes.
  • The candidate will be responsible for commissioning the data acquisition system, calibrating detectors, designing and installing support for samples and detectors, modeling beamline performance, developing software, conducting compositional analysis, performing simulations, and implementing machine learning analysis.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science


Apply by Oct 29


  • The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides beams of subatomic particles that are used to study a wide range of different materials in order to answer questions in science and engineering. It is used by scientists from the UK and around the world working in both academia and industry. The ISIS Muon Group operates seven muon area for condensed matter and molecular studies. 
  • Recently, we have been developing a new area, which uses the unique capabilities offered by the RIKEN-RAL muon facility. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray and gamma emission that is element dependent and therefore the energy and intensity of such peaks can result in the determination of the elemental composition (see MuX instrument page). These X-rays can have large energies (~MeV) therefore probing beneath the surface is entirely possible, making this a novel and potentially powerful non-destructive probe. This technique has broad science program, from cultural heritage to bio-materials to energy related materials.
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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
  • A-Level (or equivalent) Physics and/or Chemistry
  • Undergraduate-level understanding of Physics or Chemistry or a related subject
  • Experience of basic computer programming, preferably python
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • The willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • Willing to work in the ISIS experimental halls
  • Desirable:
  • Understanding of an elemental analysis technique
  • Experience of advanced computer programming, preferably python
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Willing to undertake travel on business, within and outside the UK
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Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Commission the new Data acquisition system
  • Calibration and determining the efficiency the detectors
  • Design and installation of new support for sample and detectors
  • Beamline modelling for improved muon beam performance and comparison of the various codes
  • Develop the EVA software (by being involved in beamline experiments)
  • Automatic compositional analysis
  • Simulations for background modelling and Multi-peak analysis
  • Installation and developing the machine learning analysis
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29