STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250914
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19404 - £19404
Date Posted 11 September 2019
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




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 of November 2019.

STFC - CLF - Vulcan Laser Beam Diagnostics Physicist 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.

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 sandwich 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 Vulcan High Power Laser Facility is part of the Central Laser Facility situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and is an ultra-high intensity laser interaction facility that provides a service to both National and International university-based research groups, allowing them to conduct experiments in the field of plasma physics. Vulcan has a high profile with both an International and World stage reputation and is, during the placement year, expected to continue developing towards a major upgrade from its existing 1 PetaWatt (1015 W) capability, to ultimately become capable of delivering 20 PetaWatt to target.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

It is envisaged that over the year, time within this role will be shared between development projects and operating the laser or providing support to the laser programme.

Diagnostics and Control System Development:

Vulcan is already a sophisticated and complex system with many optical, mechanical and electronic sub systems and the successful candidate will be given responsibility for the development, testing and integration of additional components on the Vulcan laser system. The post holder will directly contribute to the development, testing and integration of laser beam diagnostics into the Vulcan laser system. This will include the implementation and development of computer control software. Other duties may involve data / statistical analysis, writing of short reports.

Vulcan Operations:

The successful candidate will join the Vulcan Laser Operations Group as part of a small team (8 - 10 people) working in a friendly atmosphere and contributing to the success of experiments carried out by our visiting scientists. He / she will (under supervision) contribute to the successful operation of the £30M laser facility as well as the maintenance and enhancement of the capabilities of this world leading facility. For more information on the Central Laser Facility visit www.clf.rl.ac.uk.

 Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You must be computer literate, having at least a working knowledge of MS Office applications (primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint). You will be self-motivated and able to communicate easily with colleagues and have the ability to work within a small team.

As the post involves working on high power laser operations within a cleanroom environment it is essential that you are capable of wearing the supplied personal protective equipment such as cleancoats, overshoes and laser goggles.

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 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)

·       The applicant would need to be computer literate and have basic familiarity with MS Office packages (S)

 

Desirable:

·        A-level Maths and A-level physics or equivalent (S)

·        GCSE English or equivalent (S)

 

Interview Criteria

Essential:

·        Able to work either in a team or independently (S&I)

·        Disciplined and self motivated (S&I)

·        Able to use initiative and apply newly acquired skills (S&I)

·        Practically adept (laboratory work) (I)

·        Able to work under supervision (I)

·        Able to communicate with colleagues and visitors (S&I)

·        Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (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. IRC250123) 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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