STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242678
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £18946 - £18946
Date Posted 05 September 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 Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists.

Artemis is the CLF’s facility for ultrafast laser and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) science and carries out a variety of experiments from gas-phase chemistry to materials science. The facility is based on high repetition rate, tuneable laser sources and ultra-short pulses of XUV radiation, connected by vacuum beam-lines taking the pulses to interaction chambers. Experiments on Artemis aim to use XUV pulses to track how electrons move in dissociating molecules or during phase changes in advanced materials such as graphene.


Summary of Key Duties

A placement position working within the Artemis Group alongside staff and visiting scientists is being offered, with an emphasis on ultrafast science with XUV pulses. You will be helping to set up experiments with university groups, solving problems as they occur. This will involve working with optics and ultra-high vacuum systems. You will be trained in instrument control programming and data analysis. You will also work projects to develop the facility, both on your own and as part of the team. You will be working with scientists, engineers and students from the Central Laser Facility and with visiting scientists from UK and European university research groups.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You will:

  • be highly motivated
  • be able to work independently as well as within a team
  • have effective written and verbal communication skills
  • have good problem-solving skills.

You should be following a Physics or Chemistry degree course. Relevant modules include:

  • experimental laboratory skills
  • quantum mechanics/atomic physics
  • optics/lasers
  • condensed matter physics 
  • programming/data analysis.

Qualifications

Essential:     
    

  • first two years of degree course in physics, chemistry or a closely related subject, with grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher
  • A-level Maths or equivalent
  • A-level Physics or equivalent
  • GCSE English or equivalent.

Desirable:

  • A-level Chemistry or further Maths.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • experimental physics or chemistry laboratory course
  • experience of standard computer packages (e.g. Office).

Desirable:

  • computer programming skills
  • experience working in a research or laboratory environment.

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