STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242505
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

Background

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 Vulcan High Power Laser Facility is part of the Central Laser Facility situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and is an ultra-high intensity laser interaction facility that provides a service to both National and International university-based research groups, allowing them to conduct experiments in the field of plasma physics. Vulcan has a high profile with both an International and World stage reputation and is, during the placement year, expected to continue developing towards a major upgrade from its existing 1 PetaWatt (1015 W) capability, to ultimately become capable of delivering 20 PetaWatt to target.

Summary of Key Duties
It is envisaged that over the year, time within this role will be shared between development projects and operating the laser or providing support to the laser programme.

  • Diagnostics and Control System Development:
    Vulcan is already a sophisticated and complex system with many optical, mechanical and electronic sub systems and you will be given responsibility for the development, testing and integration of additional components on the Vulcan laser system. You will directly contribute to the development, testing and integration of laser beam diagnostics into the Vulcan laser system. This will include the implementation and development of computer control software. Other duties may involve data / statistical analysis, writing of short reports.

Responsibilities

  • Vulcan Operations: 
    You will join the Vulcan Laser Operations Group as part of a small team (8 - 10 people) working in a friendly atmosphere and contributing to the success of experiments carried out by our visiting scientists. You will (under supervision) contribute to the successful operation of the £30M laser facility as well as the maintenance and enhancement of the capabilities of this world leading facility. For more information on the Central Laser Facility visit www.clf.rl.ac.uk.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You must be computer literate, having at least a working knowledge of MS Office applications (primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint). You should be self-motivated and able to communicate easily with colleagues and have the ability to work within a small team.

As the post involves working on high power laser operations within a cleanroom environment it is essential that you will be capable of wearing the supplied personal protective equipment such as cleancoats, overshoes and laser goggles.

 

Qualifications

Essential:     
    

  • 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.

Desirable:

  • A-level Maths and A-level physics or equivalent
  • GCSE English or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • you will need to be computer literate and have basic familiarity with MS Office packages.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

  • able to work either in a team or independently
  • disciplined and self motivated
  • able to use initiative and apply newly acquired skills
  • practically adept (laboratory work)
  • able to work under supervision
  • able to communicate with colleagues and visitors
  • 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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y