Science and Technology Facilities Council


Whatever your role, working for the Science and Technology Facilities Council means you will be involved in some of the world's most exciting scientific research.

Our work seeks to answer some of the most pressing questions our society is asking today, including: 'how do we cure cancer?', 'how do we stop global warming?', and 'how did our universe begin?'

Whether you're a scientist, an engineer or other professional with skills to make our organisation the best it can be, if you want a role where your work will benefit the lives of people around the world every day, join us.

Who are we?

STFC is a world-leading science organisation, dedicated to pioneering science and technological research on behalf of the UK. 

What do we do?

STFC funds a variety of large science facilities across the UK and the rest of the world - from laboratories and supercomputers to particle accelerators, telescopes and satellites. Researchers from a huge variety of disciplines, like medicine and bioscience, environmental science and space science, use our facilities to conduct their research.

We support university-based research, innovation and skills development in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics, and space science.

We are a huge supporter of scientific and technological innovation in UK industry. Our award-winning business incubation programme (I-TAC) provides businesses with access to our facilities, office space and expertise. You will also find us working alongside big brands like Siemens, Rolls-Royce and Unilever, helping them improve their products and processes.

Where are we based?

Our staff are based across our five UK sites:

  • Polaris House, Swindon
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
  • Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire
  • Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh

Working for us

Working for us means you get to be part of something amazing every day. We offer opportunities for a diverse range of professionals: from engineers, scientists and policy makers to IT support, programme management, communications and building management. All of our teams work together in unison to ensure STFC continues to produce world-leading science.

We are committed to supporting our employees to achieve goals and provide a wide range of career opportunities and comprehensive employee benefits for our staff. We have been awarded Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation, in recognition of being an ambitious, forward-thinking and people-focused employer.

Graduate roles

STFC also offers a range of exciting and unique graduate roles. As a graduate trainee joining STFC, you will be employed in one of our departments to do a 'real' job and much of your learning and development will come from the experience of delivering 'real' work, often for paying customers.

Find out more

Learn more about STFC by visiting our website:

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine Councils including STFC into a single organisation that aims to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. Visit