Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246495
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 31 August 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date 12 December 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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, technology and Engineering.

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STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

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 new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

You will be part of Technology Department that provides a wide range of technologies to help deliver the next generation of large science facilities and underpin the delivery of the UK and international science programs.

As a graduate in our group you will be part of a multidiscipline team of scientists and engineers that are driving the development of new radiation detectors that will enable tomorrow’s scientific discoveries. Primarily, you will work on the development of new X-ray detector technologies but may also have opportunities to gain experience in the other areas of the groups work that include the development of electron, neutron and IR radiation detector systems. Recent highlights of the group’s work are:

  • the development of X-ray detectors to NASA for a future mission to understand the nature of solar flares and space weather
  • the delivery of an advanced ‘Large Pixel Detector’ system to the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) that is capable of measuring 4.5 million images per second
  • working with international scientists to use our detector systems to read ancient scrolls buried by the ash of Vesuvius 2,000 years ago.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • characterising detector materials and read out electronics in the laboratory
  • process and present numerical data using computer tools
  • report on test findings and feeding into detector system design
  • conduct beam tests and commissioning at large science facilities in the UK and abroad.


  • plan and conduct experimental tests on detector materials and readout electronics
  • identify and solve problems in experimental systems
  • process data to extract results and figures of merit
  • present results in written reports and oral presentations
  • publish papers and present them at international workshops and conferences
  • be an active member of multi-disciplinary research teams and detector development group
  • participate in the wider departmental and STFC graduate training programme.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • strong academic background with or forecasted first or 2:1 in a Physics based degree
  • knowledge of semiconductor materials, radiation interactions with matter and basic electronics
  • good practical laboratory skills
  • experience in computer programming in a language such as C, C++, Python, Matlab, LabVIEW etc.
  • demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • able to work independently and within a team.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview Criteria (I)


  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • experience of conducting practical experimental work (S&I)
  • strong numerical and problem solving skills (S&I)
  • good written communication skills (S&I)
  • demonstrate ability to process data in software (C, C++, Python, Matlab or similar) (S&I)
  • knowledge of semiconductors, radiation and electronics (S&I).


  • basic understanding of X-ray detectors (I).

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • good communication skills and the ability to influence people at all levels (I)
  • demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills (I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)
  • organised and motivated (I)
  • demonstrates a drive and determination to achieve results (I)
  • give detail of an example of when you have used these skills (I).

Special Requirements


  • undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas
  • work in a controlled radiation area or near magnetic fields
  • carry out manual handling activities.
  • 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
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • 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.

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 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

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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.

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The closing date for applications is 28th October 2018. The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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