Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242465
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £18946 - £18946
Date Posted 25 August 2017
Grade RC-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £18,946
Grade: RC-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 1 year
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2017
Interview Date: 28th and 29th November 2017


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 and technology.

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.

You will be employed by the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to develop e-learning tools for muon spectroscopy and neutron scattering experiments. Muons and neutrons are used to study a wide range of different materials in order to address questions in physics and chemistry. Your work will contribute to projects focussed on developing e-learning tools for both neutron and muon techniques on a common platform both in the UK and around Europe.

Your work developing e-learning materials will directly contribute to the training of scientists using muon and neutron facilities around the world. The first courses developed are online at and include lecture videos, an interactive data analysis and an introduction to muons. They have been used by scientists around the world and received excellent feedback.


Having learnt the fundamentals of the muon and neutron techniques the project will involve:

  • making online exercises, quizzes and tailoring directed courses based on the principles of neutron and muon experiments. For more information about the type of learning materials being created, see: and
  • develop supporting materials for training school experiments that show the practical details, the scientific basis for them and how the data are analysed
  • recording lectures from neutron and muon training schools
  • working with European partners on the online learning platform.


Good communications skills, problem solving and the ability to work in a team. A willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical. An interest in how people learn, experience of computer programming or working with online learning systems would be desirable.






  • enrolled at university 
  • right to live and work in the UK
  • A-Level Physics and/or Chemistry.


  • A-Level English/Humanities/Foreign Languages.



  • undergraduate-level understanding of Physics or Chemistry or a related subject


  • familiarity with online learning courses
  • experience of communicating to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences
  • experience working with web-based content (e.g. content management systems such as Wikis)
  • experience of basic computer programming
  • problem solving abilities.



  • good communication skills
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical.


  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online here.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a covering letter to support your application. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

STFC Sandwich Student Application Form

You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 30th October 2017
Interview/assessment date: 28th – 29th November 2017

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: