Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242617
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26297 - £26297
Date Posted 31 August 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £26,297
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017
Assessment Centre Date 1: 12th & 13th December 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.
Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a whole new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA, UKSA and ESO, and other commercial customers.  The Project Management Group within the Department requires a graduate project manager to join the team of senior project managers working on a number of different projects.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities
The Graduate will work under the direct supervision of one of our senior project managers, supporting them in managing a number of our many projects for spacecraft instruments. Duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Scheduling of tasks and activities on a project
  • identifying resource and schedule conflicts, and proposing solutions as appropriate
  • monitoring the finances of projects
  • writing reports for senior management and customers
  • organising meetings and reviews as required
  • liaising with all members of the project team
  • writing of project proposals and bids for new work
  • be vigilant in terms of health and safety
  • help with outreach activities and tours of the Division.

As a Graduate Project Manager you will be expected to work towards recognised qualifications with the APM.   You will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience.

Contacts and Communication
The Graduate will report to the Division’s senior Project Manager on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the Graduate may be required to communicate to the following:

  • report to senior project staff on progress as appropriate
  • interaction with staff within the whole of RAL Space department
  • interaction with customers during visits
  • interaction with suppliers as required
  • interaction with visitors to the Division/Department during outreach activities.

Personal Skills and Attributes
We are looking for a Graduate with the following skills/attributes:

  • First degree in a scientific or engineering discipline, minimum 2:1
  • excellent organisational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • excellent written and communication skills
  • good PC literacy skills
  • self motivated
  • able to work in a team
  • diligent
  • excellent attention to detail.

Any other Relevant Information
The role will sometimes require travel, within the UK and overseas, including overnight stays.  Certain projects may require extended periods working overseas later in your career. In addition, experience/knowledge of the following would be an advantage:

  • knowledge/interest in space science and engineering would be useful, but not essential
  • scheduling software (e.g. MS Project)
  • leading a team
  • organisation of complex tasks.




  • First degree in a scientific or engineering discipline, minimum 2:1.


  • Project Management qualification (e.g. APM Introductory certificate or equivalent).

Knowledge and Experience


  • organisational experience, such as leading a team
  • use of Microsoft office
  • good presentation skills.


  • Project Management experience
  • budget responsibility
  • use of scheduling software (e.g. MS Project).

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society. You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

We offer 30 days leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s Career Pages.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expect to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Rolling Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit our Graduate Page.