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Materials Characterisation Laboratory Method Developer Industrial Placement

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  • The candidate must be currently enrolled on a science degree course, have laboratory experience and analytical instrumentation knowledge, and demonstrate good communication skills and a willingness to learn. Desirable qualities include work/lab experience and strong oral and written presentation skills. UK residency and the ability to start in summer 2024 are also necessary.
  • The candidate will be responsible for developing and optimizing various laboratory methods, including Ferromagnetic Resonance experiment, X-ray diffraction sample environment furnace, Physical Property Measurement System, Laue X-ray instrument, and single crystal X-ray diffractometer. They will also support the science program/users of the Materials Characterisation Laboratory and produce documentation for future users. The candidate will work closely with management, facility scientists, and external users, and may also attend neutron beamline experiments and learn new techniques.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science



Apply by Oct 29


  • The projects are to develop offline instrument methods and techniques based in the materials characterisation laboratory (MCL) which aid the science taking place on the beamlines. In particular this will be to develop in-situ Ferromagnetic Resonance with polarised reflectometry on the PolRef instrument and also an in-situ reactive gas furnace for in-opperando X-ray diffraction experiments to screen samples beforehand. This will add new capability to ISIS sample environments available to the user community, with also a view to develop further the offline temperature dependent studies. 
  • The students will also aid in developing other sample environments available on other instrumentation within the MCL, where time allows. These environments are currently not ready for the user program. Examples of these projects/areas of work to name a few are such as In-situ sample environments for X-ray diffractions (Variable temperature, liquid surface reflectometry, gas handling), physical property measurement development (Alternating Current Dilution Refrigerator susceptibility, Thermal Transport Options), Ferromagnetic resonance, Single crystal work (laue, SX-XRD). The student will then use the knowledge gained during development to provide information for future users on operation and best methods to produce quality results and data by means of user guides, then assist with the user run experiments with the potential to be involved with aspects of the neutron science.
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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
  • Current 2:1 science degree results or above
  • A-levels or equivalent in Science
  • Enrolled on a Science degree course
  • Laboratory Experience, analytical instrumentation knowledge
  • Good Communication skills
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills.
  • Desirable:
  • Work/Lab Experience
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Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Build and develop a Ferromagnetic Resonance experiment suitable for an experimental setup on one of the neutron beamlines. This will involve pursuing new research into methods not currently available at ISIS.
  • Commission and optimise a method for an X-ray diffraction (XRD) sample environment furnace capable of high temperature in situ reactive gases.
  • Install, calibrate and develop the best methods for new instrument options on a Physical Property Measurement System capable to Thermal Transport Option, Electrical Transport Option and Dilution fridge experiments
  • Commission and optimise a Laue X-ray instrument for aligning crystals in preparation for further offline and ISIS beamtime experiments.
  • Develop methodology for a new single crystal X-ray diffractometer to aid in pre-screening of ISIS beamtime samples
  • There will also be opportunities to support the science programme/users of ISIS in the Materials Characterisation Laboratory passing on skills you have learned through the development work.
  • You will be expected to test these methods on a range of samples and produce documentation for use by future users of the instrumentation. You may also have the opportunities to attend neutron beamline experiments, aid website development, and learn new techniques in the other ISIS support laboratories.
  • You will be working directly with Support Labs management, and regularly liaising with facility scientists and external users.
  • You must be enthusiastic and highly motivated. You should be able to work well as part of a team as well as working independently. A strong interest in physical sciences and working in a laboratory environment is essential.
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Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29