STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252778
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £15631
Date Posted 11 February 2020
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 March 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £15,631
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 - 12 Weeks)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th March 2020

 

STFC – RAL Space – Physicist – Laser Spectroscopy - Summer 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.

The Laser Spectroscopy group in RAL Space develops instruments to measure trace amounts of gas, for applications including environmental sensing (e.g. CO2 in the atmosphere), healthcare, and energy production monitoring.

Recently, we have designed and built a hollow waveguide-based quantum cascade laser spectrometer for determining the ratio between the concentration of  12CO2 and 13CO2  isotopologues. We are currently testing the instrument to prove its use as a fast, non-invasive diagnostic tool for healthcare applications.

This summer placement project will involve operating the laser spectrometer to measure the absorption spectra of a large number of gas samples, and managing the data set containing all collected data. The project will also involve processing and analysis of the collected data to obtain the isotoperatio of the samples. 

The project would be suited to a candidate who has experience in following strict protocols accurately, who has experience in processing, visualising and analysing datasets, and who is organised with great attention to detail.

Summary of Key Duties

  • To prepare the instrument for operation by following a highly detailed protocol
  • To ensure all samples provided are analysed and correctly labelled
  • To manage all data directories and storage space, and maintain a clear and organised work environment
  • To operate code written in Python and LabView for post-processing, visualisation and analysis of data
  • To keep all processed data organised and ready for reporting.

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.

Essential:

  • Currently be at university, enrolled on anundergraduate degree course
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK (STFC Placement vacancies do not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status, we will therefore be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK)

Desirable:

  • Experience following strict protocols
  • Experience in a lab environment
  • Experience with programming languages for data acquisition and analysis
  • An interest in optical physics and absorption spectroscopy
  • Organisation and teamwork skills.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

Please submit a CV and Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. When writing your cover letter, please think about the following:

  • Why are you suitable for this project?
  • How can you contribute to the success of the project?
  • Why do you want to work at STFC?

You can apply for a maximum of two roles.

Note: To apply for more than one vacancy, you must actively select the apply now button on each applicable vacancy.

Closing Date: 29th March 2020

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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