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Sandwich Student - Electrical Engineer

Placement at Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Sandwich Student - Electrical Engineer

Placement at Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • LocationDidcot, UK
  • Position levelPlacement
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  • Application deadline iconPosted on 08 Oct, 2018
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  • Competitive£ 19,136.0 per year

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.

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. The suite of neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Producing neutron beams by the spallation method involves a complex engineering infrastructure to accelerate particles to high energies.

The Magnet Power Supplies Group are responsible for the operations and development of all power supplies for the magnets on the ISIS accelerator. The range of equipment includes DC power supplies from 3 kW to over 1 MW, a 10 cell 90 MW resonant circuit, and pulsed power systems with rise times below 100 ns for5 kA and 40 kV.

The sandwich student position is in the Power Supply development team, within the Magnet Power Supplies Group. Current projects include study of the synchrotron main magnet White circuit, design of protection circuits to limit propagation of magnet breakdown faults, specification of a replacement 1.2 MVA AC power supply, and the build of a high power magnet test area.

Working at ISIS provides a rare opportunity to contribute to a variety of interesting and complex engineering projects that make a real difference to the progress of UK and international science programmes.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

One focus of the Power Supply Development Section is in understanding the effect of replacing the single core choke, used in the White circuit of the synchrotron main magnet, with ten separated chokes. More information on the project can be found here:

The purpose of the sandwich student position is to build a physical model of the White circuit, which can be used to test the simulation models and our current thinking. This is a continuation of a project started by a summer student over a three-month placement. A large proportion of the work will be in designing or procuring the chokes.

During the placement, duties will be varied but will include:

  • electrical system design.
  • calculations for component design, with the option to validate using finite element analysis software.
  • overseeing of manufacturing.
  • build and test of components and systems.
  • document designs using 2D and 3D CAD.
  • specification writing, tender evaluation and procurement.
  • manage project workload to ensure targets are met.
  • present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences.

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. More information can be found at

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.

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