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Data Engineer Industrial Placement – ISIS Data systems

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STFC - ISIS - Data Engineer Industrial Placement – ISIS Data systems 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished. 

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a modern suite of neutron and muon instrumentation. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. Computing lies at the heart of many ISIS activities, from user office management, experiment planning, data acquisition through to data analysis and management.

ISIS raw data and meta information about these are automatically catalogued. Furthermore, treated versions of raw data are planned to get automatically catalogued. This role is to support a range of software that enables this and building data processing pipelines. The technologies used for this include Python, web services, Django, virtualisation, exposure to databases, applications HTTP servers, enterprise technologies such as ActiveMQ, and a wide range of Linux and Windows technologies.

This placement will involve the design, programming, testing, deployment and documentation of data engineering pipelines and data systems to meet the data processing and data management needs of the facility and scientists. The candidate should be studying computer science, software engineering or any other IT related discipline, combined with exposure to software development. Experience with creating scripts in Python or similar and knowledge of object oriented software development are essential. The placement will be in the Scientific Software group at ISIS facility, and will involve contact with developers and project managers in Scientific Computing Department, as well as ISIS scientists and users.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • Right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Excellent knowledge of a scripting language such as Python (S&I)
  • Good knowledge of object-oriented programming (S&I)
  • Good knowledge of software development methodologies (S)
  • Good knowledge of software design patterns and techniques (S)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (S&I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S&I)
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)


  • Good knowledge of version control systems such as git or svn (S)
  • Good knowledge of web development technologies or frameworks (S&I)
  • Good knowledge of Linux and Windows (S&I)


Data Engineer Industrial Placement – ISIS Data systems - IRC250881

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