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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. 

ISIS 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 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, and on to fundamental studies of materials. The neutronics group is responsible for the state of the art nuclear analysis used to design and optimize the target, reflector and moderator assemblies which sit at the very centre of ISIS. The main focus of the neutronics group is large scale simulation of the facility but we also have an increasing experimental program to gather data to support future facility designs.

The nuclear analysis industrial placement student will work closely with a team of nuclear analysis experts to develop and test simulation codes, tools and nuclear data. This could be testing how a new radiation transport code scales on large scale high performance computers, using data science programming techniques to automate analysis and 3D visualisation of results or analysing experimental data on new moderator materials.  The student will also help perform experiments at the ISIS facility to help benchmark code performance.

Examples of past industrial placement student projects include analysis of gamma ray spectroscopy results, simulation and benchmark experiments for an ISIS instrument beamline, and implementation of a moderator performance monitoring tool.

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)
  • Studying a STEM subject (S)
  • Experience of computer programming such as python, C or Fortran (S&I)
  • Competent and confident using mathematics to solve problems (S&I)
  • Knowledge of data analysis techniques (S&I)
  • Good oral and written communication skills (S&I)
  • Basic knowledge of nuclear physics (S&I)
  • Basic research skills i.e. use of journals, log books and research papers (S&I).


  • Knowledge of radiation protection and safety (S&I)
  • Knowledge of radiation detectors (S&I)
  • Knowledge of Monte Carlo methods (S&I)
  • Knowledge of high performance computing (S&I)
  • Research experience as part of a larger project (S&I).


Nuclear Analysis Industrial Placement -  IRC250942

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