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Polarised neutrons (Physics/software) - Year-Long Placement

Background

ISIS is a world leading facility for scientific research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links. 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, materials engineering and IT, as well as fundamental physics and chemistry investigations.

The Excitations and Polarised Neutrons group at ISIS are seeking a sandwich student for a 12-month position in the Polarised Neutrons section of the group. The student will work on the development of software for both instrument control and data analysis, primarily connected with the ongoing upgrade of the LET instrument. This instrument is currently used to investigate both atomic and magnetic dynamics, mostly in crystalline materials. The addition of polarised neutron capabilities will both increase the information that can be extracted from these measurements, as well as making the instrument more attractive to new communities. The hardware side of the upgrade is well underway, but software for both instrument control and monitoring, as well as data analysis, is currently lacking. The studentship is expected start with the commissioning of the polarised mode of the instrument, and to culminate with its entry into the user programme.

Full scientific and technical support will be offered to the successful applicant throughout the placement.

List of duties / responsibilites

  • Participation in programming and testing control software for polarised instrumentation on LET.
  • Specification, design, programming and testing of data analysis software for polarised datasets.
  • Participation in test neutron scattering experiments on LET, and analysis of resulting data.
  • Integration of the written software into existing instrument control and data analysis packages.

Personal Skills and attributes

  • The student should be studying for a degree in the physical sciences, and have experience of programming/scripting in python.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are expected.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Studying for a degree in the physical sciences.

Desirable:

  • In the 3rd year or higher of studies.

Knowledge/Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Knowledge of python (and programming in general).
  • Some laboratory experience, via e.g. undergraduate laboratories.

Desirable:

  • Hands-on experience of software development.

Personal skills & Qualities

Essential:

  • Excellent written communication skills.

Desirable:

  • Evidence of ability to work independently, via e.g. a summer internship.

Personal Skills/Qualities

Essential:

  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Good team-working capabilities.
  • Strong commitment to fulfilling project goals.
  • Willingness to learn required technical and non-technical skills.

Knowledge/Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Example of a substantial piece of written code.
  • Evidence of good laboratory skills.

Desirable:

  • Basic knowledge of physical principles to be applied during project.

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