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Research Scientist on TOSCA Industrial Placement

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  • The candidate must be an undergraduate student in chemistry, physics, or a related discipline, with experience in laboratory work. They should have excellent communication skills, a strong input into the project, and the ability to work independently. Knowledge in physical sciences, computational and analytical skills, and the ability to explain technical concepts effectively are essential. Desirable qualities include aiming for a high academic grade, interest or previous experience in spectroscopy, experience in computer control and IT, and the ability to work in a radiation facility.
  • The Research Scientist on TOSCA Industrial Placement will be responsible for developing and operating a cryogenic Raman setup for gas handling studies, assisting the user community with measurements, creating documentation, and gaining experience in scientific research and presentation.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science



Apply by Oct 29


  • The ISIS Neutron and 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 on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 2000 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. As such ISIS is home to around 500 staff of diverse technical and cultural backgrounds and hosts a strong scientific activity and links to the international community.
  • Neutrons tell us where atoms are and how they are moving. By studying how materials work at the atomic level, we can better understand their every-day properties - and so make new materials tailor-made for particular uses. ISIS also produces muons for use in a similar way, providing additional information on how materials work at the atomic scale. Raman spectroscopy is more sensitive to the motion of heavier atoms and can nicely complement neutron spectroscopy.
  • The Molecular Spectroscopy Group, develops and operates a set of cutting edge neutron spectrometers for probing primarily motions (but also structure) in materials, which determine many macroscopic properties ultimately critical to their applications. TOSCA, one of the instruments in the group, is an indirect geometry spectrometer optimised for the study of molecular vibrations in the solid state. Science on TOSCA stretches from fundamental physics to chemistry and materials science.
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  • The student is expected to be undertaking an undergraduate course in chemistry, physics, or related discipline. Some experience of previous laboratory work would be desirable. The student is expected to have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with people of different expertise (primarily scientists, technicians and engineers) and cultures. The student is expected to have a strong input into the project and is expected to show independence.
  • In order to apply for this placement, we are looking for the following:
  • 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
  • Experience in physical sciences (chemistry, physics, or related discipline)
  • Sound understanding of experimental work
  • Good computational and analytical skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English, including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • Motivated
  • Desirable:
  • Grade: aiming towards First or 2:1
  • Interest in spectroscopy, or previous knowledge or experience of it
  • Experience in computer control and information technology
  • Ability to plan activities by themselves, independence
  • Special Requirements:
  • Comfortable working in radiation facility
  • 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

2:1 or higher
Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Ensure that the cryogenic Raman setup is further developed/adapted for gas handling studies and is operational and available for experimental studies. This includes data acquisition, processing and access.
  • Support members of the user community with measurements or perform routine measurements on their behalf.
  • Create documentation associated with the experimental setup and its operation.
  • During this project the student will learn about Raman spectroscopy and Inelastic Neutron Scattering, sample preparation, chemical characterization, and data analysis and interpretation. The student will work with different ISIS teams (scientists, technicians and other support teams) and will be exposed to real scientific problems. It is foreseen that the student will have the opportunity to be part of scientific papers and gain experience in presentation of scientific results.
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Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29