STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246694
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136
Date Posted 05 September 2018
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £19,136
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 Months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018
Interview Date: 27th - 29th November 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.

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlxetSlMSDoZoEOG0M9G4g

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 ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides beams of subatomic particles that are used to study a wide range of different materials in order to answer questions in science and engineering. It is used by scientists from the UK and around the world working in both academia and industry. ISIS actively engages in training its users, providing a variety of face-to-face courses that are internationally renowned. Recently these courses have been supplemented by online learning materials open to users around the world and this role involves creating further materials to cover a wider range of scientific areas.

In the course of the project the student will be supported in learning the fundamentals of the muon and neutron experimental techniques and then move on to collaboratively develop their own project within the following areas:

  • researching, writing, and presenting online exercises, quizzes, and tailoring directed courses based on the principles of neutron and muon experiments. For more information about the type of learning materials being created, see: http://nmi3.eu/about-nmi3/education/e-learning.html and http://www.e-neutrons.org/
  • developing supporting materials for training school experiments that show the practical details, the scientific basis for them, and how the data are analysed
  • working with European partners on the online learning platform.

Within this role there are considerable opportunities to develop a broad range of professional skills and learn about a wide range of contemporary science. Additional opportunities to take part in scientific research may be available.


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 www.ukri.org.

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

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 (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • A-Level Physics and/or Chemistry (S)
  • good communication skills (S&I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)
  • the willingness to develop new skills, both technical and non-technical (I).

Desirable:

  • undergraduate-level understanding of Physics or Chemistry or a related subject (S)
  • familiarity with online learning courses (S&I)
  • experience of communicating with specialist and/or non-specialist audiences (S&I)
  • experience working with web-based content (e.g. Wikis or website creation) (S&I)
  • experience of basic computer programming (S&I)
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S&I)
  • A-Level English/Humanities/Foreign Language (S)
  • problem solving abilities (I)
  • interest and understanding of how people learn (I)
  • willing to undertake European travel on business (I).

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.

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