Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242494
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.

ISIS is a world leading centre in physical and life science research using neutrons and muons as scientific tools. This position will be based in ISIS biology laboratory, part of ISIS support laboratories group. ISIS biology laboratories have a wide range of equipment to help beam time users to prepare their samples for beam time.

More information about ISIS can be found here –

ISIS Biology labs -

Summary of Key Duties
You will have opportunity to work in our bio lab, mainly in commissioning a bio fermenter, used to grow bacteria under optimised conditions. You will be working to support the users in preparing their samples and hence optimising the growth conditions of various species of bacteria to increase the protein yield. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to learn molecular cloning and genetic modification techniques widely used in biological research areas. This will give you a chance to work closely with the ISIS Large Scale Structure group (LSS).

Protein characterisation and purification – Isolated proteins will then be isolated and characterized. The characterisation techniques will be aimed to prepare the samples for SANS measurements.


  • to develop method for using Bio fermenter for fed batch and continuous batch with various bacterial species
  • to prepare documentation for the above procedures
  • to support ISIS users in sample preparation and characterisation. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • knowledge of bacterial growth and pathogenicity
  • lab experience 
  • basic microbiological aseptic techniques
  • working within a team
  • problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • ability to adapt to changing circumstances.



  • 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 
  • achieving 2:1 grades in their degree course
  • basic knowledge of Microbiology and Biochemistry.


  • grade A in Biology, Maths and Chemistry in A levels
  • understanding of Molecular Biology.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • basic biology knowledge and understanding of bacterial growth dynamics.


  • Lab experience
  • knowledge of aseptic techniques
  • understanding of BIOCOSHH and Genetic modifications.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • ability to work in a team and problem solving skills
  • ability to prioritise work load 
  • good presentation skills.

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: