Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246695
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136 - £19136
Date Posted 19 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 (12 Months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018
Interview Date: 27th - 29th of 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:

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.

A placement student at Target Fabrication will be tasked with supporting the engineering requirements of the group. Supervised by Target Fabrication and with collaboration from the engineering group at the CLF you will have a mixture of office-based 3D modelling work and practical laboratory work.

It will include CAD modelling for target assembly jigs and creating 3D mock-ups of laser targets for on-site experiments to aid technically challenging assemblies. Use of a state-of-the-art 3D printer to create the model they have designed and test assemblies using the jigs. In addition, equipment to aid in thin film coatings will need to be designed, printed and trialled as well as various jigs for target transport solutions.

A personal project working with robotic assembly robots will also be available. Developing the work of previous studentships, investigations and practical work into the manufacture of simple pick and place procedures for high rep rate laser target delivery will be investigated.  


  • producing 3D models of novel geometries for 3D printing
  • printing objects on the 3D printer. Cleaning and maintaining the printer
  • inspecting and measuring 3D printed objects using a microscope to ensure they meet the requirements
  • producing detailed CAD models and drawings of target geometries for schematics and manufacturing purposes
  • progressing the robotic assembly project and designing fixtures and assemblies to aid this work.

Further opportunities could include:

  • running thin-film coating equipment to create nanometrically thin foils
  • measuring micro-scale objects using advanced characterisation equipment such as interferometers, confocal microscopy and coordinate mapping machines.

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 (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • A Level Physics or Engineering. Currently on Physics or Mechanical Engineering course (S)
  • familiarity with Windows operating system (S)
  • ability to use 3D CAD software to create 3D objects. Examples of relevant software include, but are not limited to,Blender, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks and SolidEdge. (S&I)
  • can explain clearly what 3D printing is and has a base knowledge of printing technologies (S&I)
  • understanding of the difficulties of microfabrication (I)
  • basic knowledge of the type of experiment that could take place with a high-power laser (I)
  • basic understanding of thin film coating techniques (I)
  • the ability to take-on technical challenges and work individually on a project, plan effectively and write reports. (I)
  • can identify hazards and work safely in a challenging environment (I)
  • experience of working in a team to complete a technical or scientific project (I)
  • can explain effectively a technical concept clearly and concisely (I)
  • demonstrates the potential to solve challenging problems (I)
  • good written communication skills (S)
  • meticulous attention to detail (S&I)
  • has completed technical or scientific reports as part of their degree (S)
  • ability to work as part of a team (I)         


  • some experience with programming (S&I)
  • has presented project work to their superiors on project findings (I)
  • previous experience of working with microscopic objects and microscopes. (I)
  • experience of working in a laboratory/cleanroom (I)
  • excellent manual dexterity and co-ordination

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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