STFC Graduate Opportunities

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Where curiosity driven, blue skies thinking meets practical application led science & engineering.

Our STFC graduate scheme promises to fire the imagination. Our graduates work on world leading science and technology projects and support ground-breaking research that will inspire, shape and define our future.

What do we do? 

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations, trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting edge projects in a range of diverse fields. 

Through world class facilities and people, STFC is driving ground breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. The work that we do is helping to shape societies, strengthen economies and transform lives. As a graduate you could be working with world leading experts and be involved in some of the world’s biggest and most exciting science and engineering projects.

Here you could help to discover new drugs or harness nanotechnology to create new clean fuels as part of the ISIS project, the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source. You could help to recreate the cores of distant planets, detect gravitational waves, understand the 4th state of matter and develop the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Or you could facilitate new breakthroughs at our state-of-the-art Central Laser Facility that uses the world’s most intense lasers, including one that is 10,000 times more powerful than the National Grid!

About our graduate roles

STFC recruits over 30 graduates year into a ‘real’ job, which starts on day one. As a graduate you will enjoy 2 years of formal training and development, with the opportunity to work towards your Chartered status. Our graduate scheme is accredited by:

  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Institute of Physics 
  • British Computer Society. 

About you

In order to be eligible for STFC’s graduate scheme, you need to have;

  • obtained or be working towards your first degree Bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject
  • achieved or expected to achieve 2:1 or above
  • graduated in the 18 months immediately prior to your application or due to graduate in 2018
  • the right to live and work in the UK.


We have opportunities in the following locations:

  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
  • Polaris House, Swindon
  • UKATC, Edinburgh
  • Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.

Available roles

For our 2018 Graduate intake, we have opportunities in the following areas. Please click on the job title for more information and to apply. You have the option to apply for up to 3 roles.

Computing & Software

Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot

Electrical & Electronics

Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot

Mechanical Engineering

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot 


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot 

Project Management

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot 


Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington

Science Support

Polaris House, Swindon

Systems Engineering

UKATC, Edinburgh