STFC Summer Placement Opportunities

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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 Summer Placement Student 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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos -

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. 

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About our Summer Placement Programme

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer 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.

Students can work for 4 -12 weeks at either the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell, Oxfordshire), Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington) or The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (Edinburgh) on projects relevant to their intended or current course of study, under the supervision of experts in their chosen field.

About you

 In order to be eligible for STFC’s summer placement scheme, you need to:

  • Currently be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate 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)

How to Apply

Please click on the job title for more information and to apply. Please read the ‘How to Apply’ guidance on the vacancy. Please submit a CV and Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. 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. 

Placements available for Summer 2020

Computing & Software Engineering

Software Developer - Experimental Control - Summer Placement - IRC252794

Internal Business Analyst - Summer Placement - IRC253039

Physics, Chemistry & Physical Sciences

Physicist - Radio Frequency - Summer Placement - IRC252799


Communications & Public Engagement



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Available roles

Computing & Software Engineering

Computational Scientist - Summer Placement - IRC252776 

Software Developer for Demos - Summer Placement - IRC252817

Software Engineer - Data Analysis  - Summer Placement - IRC252761

Software & Electronics Engineer - Summer Placement - IRC252762

Software Developer – Diffraction Data Analysis - Summer Placement - IRC252820

Scientific Software Developer – Molecular Simulations – Summer Placement - IRC252789

Scientific Software Optimisation Developer – Summer Placement - IRC252791 

Software Developer - Experimental Control - Summer Placement - IRC252794

Internal Business Analyst - Summer Placement - IRC253039

Physics, Chemistry & Physical Sciences

Chemist Deuteration Facility – Summer Placement - IRC252765 

Physical Chemist Spectroscopy - Summer Placement - IRC252803 

Materials Characterisation Method Developer - Summer Placement - IRC252766

Data Analyst for Neutron Spectroscopy Data - Summer Placement - IRC252816

Physicist - Nuclear Analysis - Summer Placement - IRC252795


Microelectronics Integrated Circuit Engineer - Summer Placement - IRC252807

Microelectronics Design Engineer - Summer Placement - IRC252777

Space Systems Engineer - Summer Placement - IRC252796

Spacecraft Thermal Engineer – Summer Placement - IRC252760

Electrical Engineer - Summer Placement - IRC252793

Mechanical Engineer -  Summer Placement - IRC252787

Communications & Public Engagement

Science Communications - Summer Placement - IRC252763