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Accelerator Physicist - Year-Long Placement

STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree.  Each year STFC recruit up to 45 sandwich students who are able to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university in a working environment, providing learning on the job and working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers. Learning new skills to help in their further studies.
 
STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator research for current and future ‘Big Science’ facilities. We work on numerous high profile projects with national and international partners, such has CERN, DESY and PSI. The accelerator physics group within ASTeC has expertise in designing, commissioning and operating particle accelerators and are currently working on a next generation Free Electron Laser test facility, CLARA, hosted at Daresbury Laboratory. One of CLARA’s aims is to demonstrate novel methods of generating laser light and to do this requires precise understanding and control of the electron beam.  There exists many opportunities for a well-motivated candidate to work with the team of scientists, engineers and academic collaborators in the characterisation of the CLARA beam.

List of Duties / Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team on characterising the electron beam with particular focus on the so-called longitudinal properties: its distribution in energy and time. This will involve:

  • Taking part in beam physics shifts on CLARA
  • Writing procedures for data acquisition and analysis in Python, c++, Mathematica  and/or other suitable programming languages
  • Development of High Level Software for control room applications
  • Running physics codes simulating the relativistic beam dynamics
  • Writing reports / papers and giving oral presentations on procedures, analysis and results.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team on characterising the electron beam with particular focus on the so-called longitudinal properties: its distribution in energy and time. This will involve:

  • Taking part in beam physics shifts on CLARA
  • Writing procedures for data acquisition and analysis in Python, c++, Mathematica  and/or other suitable programming languages
  • Development of High Level Software for control room applications
  • Running physics codes simulating the relativistic beam dynamics
  • Writing reports / papers and giving oral presentations on procedures, analysis and results.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Studying Physics (or closely related subject such as another physical science, mathematics, computing, etc)
  • Good grades (A to C) for Mathematics and Physics/Science at A level and GCSE (or equivalent)

Desirable:

  • Achievement consistent with 2:1 or better degree classification.

Knowledge/ Skills and Experience 

Essential:

  • Experience of using at least one high level computer programming language, such as c++, Python, Mathematica, Matlab, etc. to solve physics based, or similar, problems.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of physics and/or mathematics to produce technical solutions

Desirable:

  • Experience in experimental science, particularly demonstrating:
  • A methodical approach to planning, data acquisition and analysis
  • Reporting of results in a concise, timely and appropriate manner
  • Experience running physics based computer simulation codes

Personal Skills and Qualities

Essential:

  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • 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
  • Willingness to contribute to accelerator research at the highest level

Desirable:

  • Keen interest in pursuing a career in science
  • Ability to work on own initiative

Special Requirements

Desirable:

  • Willingness to partake in occasional shift work on evenings and weekends.

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