Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242489
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


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.

As part of STFC Cryogenics & Magnetics (Rutherford Appleton Lab) you will develop critical theoretical and technological understanding for:

  • the next generation of European Space Agency (ESA) flight missions;
  • and/or to future Particle Physics Facilities (such as CERN).

This work has potentially wider implications for current terrestrial applications both scientific and commercial in nature.

Due to the demand for cryogenic expertise, STFC Cryogenics & Magnetics currently hosts a range of projects across several programmes.  This means that everyone in our team mixes with scientists and engineers that are not only working on projects to build spacecraft and particle accelerators but also projects involving: health care, transport and ground based astronomy (to name a few).  All projects are bespoke in nature meaning that all team members become familiar with manufacturing and design, in order to compliment the project management and experimental work.

Summary of Key Duties

Planning, running, documenting and analysis for the project; including but not limited to:

  • preparing, designing and running experiments that will validate and/or improve our design modelling
  • integrating/implanting any new finding from literature work
  • methodical and meticulously documenting your findings.

No project runs in isolation: there will be a need to aid other projects and programmes as well as take on some operational responsibility within the laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We are looking for sandwich students with a passion for unique research, who can deliver:

  • robust and accurate laboratory experiments
  • strong theoretical predictions by applying their academic knowledge.

You should be able to show the ability to: develop new skills, apply new knowledge and be confident to work independently (when needed).  This is essential due to the multi-disciplinary nature of this work. 

We request that you demonstrate that you have the following skills:

  • reliable
  • contentious/meticulous
  • able to integrate and work with others
  • able to apply new knowledge.




  • 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
  • right to live and work in the UK
  • first year results demonstrate high grades in lab/project work
  • first year results are strong in general theory/maths.


  • Degree studies leading towards applied research at Masters level
  • previous qualifications are strong in Science and Maths subjects
  • GCSE (equivalent) qualifications are strong in English.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • laboratory experience (experimental set up, data acquisition, and data analysis/reporting)
  • good understanding of background maths & physics
  • office computer skills.


  • basic computer coding knowledge (such as matlab or labview)
  • understanding of experimental measurement.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • interest applied research/design
  • show ability to apply new information and work with others
  • able to communicate clear complex thoughts in both spoken and write forms
  • 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: