STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250802
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404
Date Posted 11 September 2019
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date 25 November 2019




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 - CLF - Gemini Laser Facility - 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 of our current Industrial Placements here.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Gemini is part of the Central Laser Facility, situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Researchers from the UK, EU and around the world come to use our facilities to carry out a wide range of cutting-edge experiments in the physical sciences, materials research and life sciences. 

Gemini is an ultra-high intensity laser interaction facility that can generate extreme conditions of matter, comparable to the centre of a star.  This incredible environment allows scientists to carry out fundamental experiments exploring relativistic plasmas, fusion mechanisms for energy production and laboratory astrophysics. Laser energy can also be converted to other forms of radiation through compact plasma acceleration schemes. These secondary sources can be used for advanced imaging applications in medicine, material science and industrial inspection. Gemini is one of the most powerful lasers in the world, and is under continuous development to maintain its world-class status.

Successful applicants for these positions will work within our team alongside our visiting scientists. Time within the roles will be shared between development projects and operating the laser or supporting experimental operations.

During the placement they will be expected to participate in and support the variety of high power laser-plasma experiments that are performed with Gemini.  Requirements change with each experiment, and can vary from sourcing equipment to the design and running of plasma diagnostics, data analysis, or reconfiguring laser hardware.

You will directly contribute to the development, testing and integration of new components or diagnostics to enhance Gemini system performance. This may involve designing and constructing hardware, and/or software development.  You are encouraged to contribute project ideas corresponding to your skills and interests.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You must have a good grasp of basic physics concepts (e.g.optics, electromagnetism).  You would have an interest in this field, and demonstrate knowledge above the expected undergraduate level. Lab experience beyond standard undergraduate labs is also highly desirable. You should be self-motivated and have the ability to work autonomously as well as within a small team.

Drive and an enthusiasm for science are definitely a positive attribute, and good communications skills are vital. Previous experience in a customer facing environment and the ability to manage self and others would also be beneficial. You must be computer literate, having at least a working knowledge of MS Office applications. An interest and previous experience in programming is useful, but not essential.


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 (S) and Interview (I) Criteria

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)
  • First two years of degree course in physics, or a closely related subject, with grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher (S)
  • A-level Maths or equivalent (S)
  • A-level Physics or equivalent (S)
  • Good understanding of basic physics concepts (optics, electromagnetism, lasers) (S&I)
  • Experimental laboratory course (S)
  • Practical laboratory skills (I - this will be tested by a laboratory exercise)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills (S&I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently (S&I)
  • Good problem-solving skills (S&I)
  • Responsible approach to health and safety. (S&I)

Desirable:

  • A-level Computing or further Maths (S)
  • Computer programming experience (e.g. MATLAB, Python, C++,) (S&I)Experience working in a research or laboratory environment  (S&I)
    Knowledge of laser/optical/plasma physics theory and modelling techniques/software. (S&I)

Special Requirements

  • This role will involve working in tight spaces where access is restricted and will involve standing for extended periods. You will also be required to ware personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, glove and a face mask.

 

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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