TARGETjobs black logo
City scape

Performance Improvement Industrial Placement

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Type of opportunity: 
Application deadline: 

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. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.

ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences. Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science,geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Employing some 400 engineers and scientists, the success of ISIS depends critically on support staff and the reliability of the component parts. To address reliability issues, the ISIS Performance Improvement Section investigates and implements ways of improving machine down time. This role within the PI projects team will work on the First Line Diagnosis tool (FLD), set up to develop fault analysis pathways for the ISIS Operations crew to help reduce the time to diagnose and repair faults. Following on from the initial release, further development of the web based tool onto a new and improved platform (FLD3.0), interfacing to SharePoint or other systems are required and we need to recruit versatile support staff, with an engineering and computing skill set, to work within this small but expanding team.

You will work with the section leader, performance improvement engineer and all operational staff to facilitate ongoing project development, implementation and support. Maintaining and upgrading FLD will form part of the work during the year however this one year post presents many opportunities to be creative and innovative within new and ongoing projects including data analysis and user interface tools. Two other projects are presently in development and will be included in this post: The Operational Dashboard project displays critical machine status data in an intuitive, web-based user interface, using technologies that include Influx, Redis, React and other JavaScript tools. An additional project utilises similar technologies to provide real-time indications of control system data within a web-based GUI.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • To learn about the ISIS technical systems on a broader level so as to contribute to section initiatives
  • To develop web-based applications using JavaScript and HTML/CSS
  • Some Python scripting may be undertaken throughout the year
  • To contribute to research, planning, development and evaluation to ensure the progress and success of ongoing Performance Improvement section projects and initiatives including FLD and a growing list of new initiatives.
  • To provide ICT support, investigating and suggesting software improvements.
  • To help in some authoring of content for FLD using appropriate software.
  • To communicate with technical staff for information gathering purposes.
  • Knowledge,Skills and Experience

You will have a working knowledge of computing and programming to an undergraduate level. Some knowledge or experience in the below, whilst not essential, would be advantageous: JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, Python
You must be able to grasp engineering concepts so as to provide value to the team in discussions about performance improvements. They must be well organised, particularly when managing many activities in parallel; they must be able to balance priorities and deadlines effectively. They will need to work well in a team and be innovative when developing new resources and solving problems. They should demonstrate good interpersonal skills when working with people at different levels.
You must be enthusiastic about science, engineering and computer science matters relating to the post and be able to convey their enthusiasm clearly. They must show an interest in the computing side of science and engineering through some coding and development skills. They need to have a confident and professional approach when presenting information.

Organization Description

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.

Performance Improvement Industrial Placement  - IRC251171

Remember to mention TARGETjobs when contacting employers!

More about this vacancy

Degree requirements: 
Degree subjects accepted: 
Science & research