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🚀 Internship

Research and Development Scientist for an in-situ dynamic scanning calorimeter sample cell on IRIS Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The ideal candidate for the Research and Development Scientist position should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree course and seeking an industrial placement year. They should have a strong background in material science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or a related field. The candidate should possess excellent practical skills, a keen interest in working in a radiation area, and the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Computational skills and experience with thermal analysis methods would be advantageous, as well as previous experience in designing parts of an experimental setup.
  • The candidate will be responsible for testing methods of compressing powders for thermal conductivity, working on a prototype, designing cells for solid samples, conducting DSC measurements, and potentially pursuing an independent research project on thermal properties of solid/powder samples.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science


Apply by Oct 29


  • The ISIS Neutron & Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials at the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.
  • The Molecular Spectroscopy Group at ISIS operates four world-class inelastic neutron spectrometers: IRIS, OSIRIS, TOSCA and VESUVIO. They are used for investigations of the dynamics of materials covering timescales from the femto-second to the nano-second range and energies from μeV to eV. A wide range of disciplines make use of the Group’s instruments. The quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) spectrometers, IRIS an OSIRIS, measure diffusion rates (and the associated activation energies) of atoms, ions and molecules on the picosecond timescale.
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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 material science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering or a closely allied discipline
  • Enthusiasm for practical work
  • Good interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability, and willingness, to work in a radiation area
  • Desirable:
  • Computational skills, including a working knowledge of coding languages (e.g. C++, Python, Matlab)
  • Knowledge and experience of thermal analysis methods
  • Experience in designing parts of experimental setup
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Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • A very sensitive in-situ differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) for IRIS was previously designed. It works well for liquids up to room temperature, enabling DSC and QENS to be recorded simultaneously.
  • The aim of this project is to add the ability to measure powders to the DSC capability.
  • The student will test different methods of compressing powders to achieve good thermal conductivity.
  • The student will start work on a prototype and provide input for future can design.
  • DSC measurements using a laboratory instrument and the QENS DSC system, both off-line and in-beam.
  • Assist in the design of suitable cells for solid samples.
  • If desired an independent research project focussing on thermal properties of solid/ powder samples can be pursued.
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29