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STFC - ISIS - Software Developer for Accelerator Controls - Industrial Placement

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 ISIS Neutron source

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a modern suite of neutron and muon instrumentation. Visiting scientists use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.

The ISIS Controls Group (part of the Accelerator Division) manages the hardware that controls the ISIS ion source, linear accelerator and synchrotron which in combination accelerate protons into the ISIS targets to produce neutrons. From the Main Control Room shifts of ISIS crew manage the operation of the ISIS accelerators for continuous runs of between seven and nine weeks, and respond to alarms and alerts from the hardware.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The ISIS Accelerator Controls section develops software that controls hardware, informs about its operational state, and raises alarms when problems arise. As well as this constant flow of data, Accelerator Controls also requires considerable metadata - evaluating the relative importance of alarms and warnings, and directing the flow of information about the state of hardware to the correct individuals.

The focus of this industrial placement will primarily be to develop web-based software to manage and update this control system metadata. A secondary task will be to develop and maintain software such as RONA, our web-based alarm viewer, which depends on this metadata.

This placement will involve the specification, design, programming, testing, deployment and documentation of web-based tools to edit and manage control system metadata. Authorisation and attribution will be key concerns. As well as the technical skills required to meet these requirements, the candidate will be expected to liaise with scientists and engineers across the ISIS particle accelerators to understand any other relevant metadata required to assist their work. The successful candidate should expect to liaise with the developers responsible for systems used to aid in tracking and diagnosing faults, in order to integrate their work with those systems.

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 software development or computing discipline (S)
  • Experience programming, including Javascript or a similar object-oriented language (S&I)
  • Ability to work with other developers (I)
  • Ability to adapt based on feedback from other developers and users (I).


  • On target to achieve a 2:1 (I)
  • Knowledge of relational database design and SQL (S&I)
  • Knowledge of  web technologies and development frameworks (S&I)
  • Experience with imperative/structured languages such as C and Basic (S&I)
  • Good communication skills (I).

Software Developer for Accelerator Controls - Industrial Placement - IRC250786

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