Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246833
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136 - £19136
Date Posted 18 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 of 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.

RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is part of STFC and at the forefront of UK Space Research. We carry out an exciting range of world-class space science and technology development with significant involvement in over 210 space missions. Our 240 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the wider UK Research and Innovation Research Councils, as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.

The Millimetre-wave Technology Group has a world-leading reputation in the development of millimetre-wavelength (Terahertz frequency) instrumentation for ground-based, aircraft and space applications, and in support of astronomy and atmospheric remote sounding experiments. The Group has a staff base of approximately 50 with very considerable expertise in component and system design, and fabrication, and also incorporates the STFC Chilbolton Observatory.

You will be expected to work on a range of Group projects that include instrumentation development for ground-based, airborne and spaceflight experiments. This will typically necessitate working on the development of passive and active (radar) experimental instrumentation for Earth observation.

Key duties will include:

  • assisting group staff with establishing related experimental set-ups
  • performing device and system test and measurement
  • assisting with system integration
  • and undertaking system performance data analysis.

Where relevant, the student may also be called upon to assist with instrument deployment in the field.

You will be expected to be responsible for accurate instrument data collection, and maintaining an excellent standard of laboratory documentation. They will also be expected to work in a laboratory environment and adhere to appropriate health and safety requirements.

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)
  • studying for a degree in either physics or electrical engineering  (S)
  • excellent standard of practical work (S&I)
  • exhibit a good attention to detail and with a careful approach towards preforming measurements. (S&I)
  • excellent writing and oral presentation. (S&I)
  • enthusiasm and dedication. (I)
  • an ability to work in a team and to communicate with others (I)


  • knowledge of microwave engineering (S&I)
  • knowledge/interest in of Earth observation and/or radio astronomy (S&I)
  • ability to undertake occasion travel within the UK and possibly overseas (I)
  • knowledge of programming languages. (S&I)
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point and Excel) (S)

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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