Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242466
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.

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading research centre which generates beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials, from soap films to superconductors, engineering to earth science, and advanced battery components to biomolecules.  As a world-leading research facility, ISIS has a key role to play in engaging with the public and inspiring young people with science and engineering.

Summary of Key Duties

We seek a public engagement student to play a full role in promoting ISIS science and engineering to a range of audiences, including school pupils and general public. You will join a team that plays a major role in the life of ISIS, promoting science and engineering through a range of channels including websites, specialist and national media, events, exhibitions and education activities.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your presentation, organisational and creative skills to promote our science and engineering to a wide range of audiences through events and activities, both local and national, including science fairs and festivals.
The role would suit someone studying for a science or engineering degree, interested in science communication and keen to engage with and inspire young people and the public.  You must be able to work well both individually and as part of a team and be interested in a wide range of scientific areas and how science impacts on society.


  • researching and presenting our science and engineering through a range of channels, including events, activities and articles in education magazines, to a range of audiences
  • developing outreach resources for scientists/engineers to take to science festivals and schools
  • working with scientists and engineers to help deliver events
  • supporting other ISIS communication team activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential: keen interest in science, excellent presentation and organisational skills.  Ability to work individually and part of a team.

Desirable: experience in STEM outreach.





  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course in Science, Engineering or Mathematics and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry 
  • right to live and work in the UK 
  • Science A-Levels.


  • enrolled on a degree course in Science, Engineering or Mathematics, with a Public Engagement/Science Communication module.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:  keen interest in science, excellent presentation and organisational skills.

Desirable:  experience in STEM outreach.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • good communication skills
  • good organisational 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: