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Elemental Data Analysis Methods Developer Industrial Placement

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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 sandwich 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 Crystallography Group is responsible for the operation of 9 neutron diffraction and imaging instruments at the ISIS Facility, which is located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The Group typically supports around 200 experiments per year, across a diverse range of academic and industrial disciplines. These studies investigate the crystal structures of materials and how the atomic arrangement influences their bulk properties.

Research studies include the stress distributions within engineering components, the manufacturing and composition of historical artefacts, the behaviour of technologically important materials for energy production/storage, phase transitions within complex magnetic systems, and the chemical bonding within samples of relevance to earth/planetary science and pharmaceuticals.

The Group has an extensive programme of development projects, many supported by collaborations with UK and international partners.These include new software for analysis of neutron diffraction/imaging data, novel sample environment devices that mimic conditions found in technological applications, upgrades to existing diffractometers and the construction of new instruments.

The student will develop a data analysis system in order to make elemental analysis techniques based on epithermal neutron quantitative.

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)
  • Experience of computer programming, preferably python (S&I)
  • Undergraduate-level understanding of Physics or a related subject (S&I)
  • Good communication skills (I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • The willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)
  • Willing to work in the ISIS experimental halls. (I)


  • Understanding of an elemental analysis technique (S&I)
  • Experience of advanced computer programming, preferably python (S&I)
  • Ability to work independently (S&I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S&I)
  • Problem solving abilities.(I)

This role may require occasional travel within the UK and abroad.


Elemental Data Analysis Methods Developer Industrial Placement - IRC250951

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