Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250762
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404 - £19404
Date Posted 11 September 2019
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,404
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 - CLF - Target Fabrication Engineer - 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 -  

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 of our current Industrial Placements here

The group you'll be working with:

Target Fabrication is the group within the Central Laser Facility responsible for providing complex micro targets for use in high-power laser experiments. The micro targets are placed at the focal point of high-intensity laser interactions and micro components are often made from novel materials typically assembled in complex geometries. Target specifications are dependent on experimental requirements and vary broadly from one campaign to the next. Topics of experimental study span plasma physics and particle acceleration, laboratory astrophysics, and industrial applications.

In order to create extreme environments, the laser is focused to an interaction point comparable to the width of a human hair and consequently targets are required to have features of the same magnitude.  On such small scales manufacture and quality control is extremely challenging. Target Fabrication utilises a wide range of physical and chemical processes, together with advanced characterisation techniques, to deliver targets that meet experimental needs.

Summary of Key Duties

The placement student at Target Fabrication will further advance the ongoing project in automating Target Fabrication’s manufacture. Target Fabrication has a key deliverable in the next 5-10 years of enabling high-repetition rate laser experiments by delivering thousands of batch produced targets to laser experiments. To achieve the key capability the student will use robotic pick-and-place, automated glue dispensing and bespoke fixturing solutions to manufacture large numbers of laser targets with high precision. The ultimate goal is to deliver a fully automated, high throughput, high precision micro target production capability.


Support the more general microengineering requirements of the group specifically by 1) 3D design work using CAD software and 2) AM printing objects for the group and wider facility.


  • Core responsibility: Continue the ongoing technical project in automation of target assembly using robotics.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Produce 3D models of novel geometries (for AM)
  • Produce detailed CAD models of target geometries for schematics and manufacturing purposes
  • Print a range of micro components using the group’s AM system.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Partly completed a relevant degree in Engineering or other highly relevant discipline
  • Have knowledge of automated manufacture.

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

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.

Criteria to be assessedat Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • 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)
  • Subject of degree to be Engineering, robotics or closely related (S)
  • Good knowledge on the basics of physics: A-level Physics (or equivalent) minimum (I)
  • Knowledge of robotics or automation (university project or individual interest) (S&I)
  • Working experience with 3D CAD design software (S&I)
  • Good knowledge of how different materials are suited to different applications. [For example: why making a part from steel may be better than 3D printed plastic] (I)
  • Familiarity with Windows operating system (S&I)
  • Reasonable understanding of the terms repeatability, accuracy and tolerance in an engineering context (I)
  • The ability to work individually on a project, plan effectively and write reports
  • Ability to work as part of a team (S&I)
  • Can identify hazards and work safely in a complex environment (I)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (S&I)


  • Some relevant programming experience with control systems for robotics (S&I)
  • Some experience in integrating independent motion systems (S&I)
  • Experience using a 3D printer (S&I)
  • Has used Solid Edge or Autodesk Inventor (S&I)
  • Basic knowledge of the type of experiment that could take place with a high-power laser (I)
  • Proven examples of working in a team to complete a technical or scientific project (S&I)
  • Has completed technical or scientific reports as part of their degree (S&I)
  • Has presented project work (S&I)
  • Can undertake risk assessments. (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:

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