Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246638
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136
Date Posted 03 September 2018
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,136
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018
Interview Date: 27th - 29th November 2018The 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.

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. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

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) OCTOPUS (Optics Clustered to Out Put Unique Solutions) Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides access to cutting-edge molecular and cellular optical imaging and microscopy techniques for the scientific community. This is a comprehensive imaging facility containing a mixture of bench-top and commercially available microscopy systems. The modular nature of OCTOPUS allows the development and exploitation of new advanced imaging techniques as they become available, to address grand challenges in the biology, chemistry and material science areas. Biological and chemical laboratory facilities and expertise in sample preparation are in integral part of the OCTOPUS activity. Further information can be found following this link:

Key Duties & Responsibilities

The student will work as part of a user operation team, collaborating and assisting scientific researchers from universities and industry to deliver a variety of projects scheduled in the OCTOPUS user operation programme. Furthermore, the student will be expected to carry out a specific project to develop and extend the imaging capabilities in the OCTOPUS. In particular, both the operation and research duties will focus on sample preparation and optimisation, and image acquisition, quantitative analysis and rendering in the field of super-resolution microscopy.

The student will be expected to gain hands-on experience of optical microscopy and imaging techniques. Full training will be given in all aspects of general laboratory work and the operation of specialised equipment and lasers.


  • working with facility users in planning and delivering of experimental programmes, data acquisition, and data analysis
  • development of super-resolution microscopy technique and instrumentation within the facility
  • working with other members of the facility team to ensure a coordinated approach across the different microscopy techniques (including acquisition, management and analysis of data).

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 and Interview Criteria


  • 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
  • good A-level results in a relevant subject
  • good understanding in Physics, Biology and Engineering
  • good interpersonal and communications skills.


  • A-level results have two As in natural science subjects
  • averaging at a 2:1 or above in University Studies to date
  • 3rd year students wishing to take an integrated Master degree are strongly encouraged to apply
  • laboratory experience
  • programming skills
  • good team working capability
  • the willingness to learn new skills
  • independent learning and problem-solving capability
  • self-driven and can-do attitude.

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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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 copy of your CV. 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: 28th October 2018
Interview/assessment date: 27th – 29th November 2018

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:

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