STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250797
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404
Date Posted 09 September 2019
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £19,404
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019


STFC - ISIS - Science Communication Industrial Placement

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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ  

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.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate 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.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current industrial placement vacancies here.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research facility with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced laser facilities for UK and international scientists. Work carried out at the CLF spans a wide range of science, from creating supernovae in the lab using high power lasers, to studies of chemical reactions on ultra-fast timescales, imaging of cells and development of new laser technology.

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences.  ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

We seek a science communication student to play a full role in promoting ISIS and CLF science to a range of audiences. You will join a team that plays a major role in the life of ISIS and CLF promoting science through a range of channels including websites, specialist and national media, events, exhibitions and education activities.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your writing and presentation skills to promote our science to a wide range of audiences.

The role would suit someone with an interest in communicating contemporary science. You might be a science student wanting to switch into science communication or you might be a journalism student seeking to specialise in science.

Responsibilities

  • Researching, writing and presenting our science through a range of channels
  • Managing projects in support of science and society programme
  • Support ISIS and CLF website content development
  • Developing industrial case studies.

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 Criteria (S) & Interview Criteria (I)

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)
  • Science A-levels (S)
  • GCSE English or equivalent (S)
  • Keen interest in science, excellent writing skills (S&I)
  • Good communication skills (S&I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them. (I)

 Desirable:

  • English A-level (S&I)
  • Experience in graphic design, social media or video/audio production (S&I)
  • Experience in writing for publication. (S&I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.

Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop .

STFC Industrial Placement Application form

To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.

You can apply for up to two Sandwich student placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.

Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th – 28th of November 2019

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.

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