Don’t wait until you graduate to experience working at STFC, we have a variety of opportunities for undergraduates, via our: Industrial Placements or our paid Summer Placement Scheme. Whilst working at STFC you will gain on the job work experience, working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers.
We love to engage with undergraduates giving them the opportunity to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university within a working environment.
Joining the STFC Industrial Placement scheme, you will benefit by:
In order to apply for our Industrial Placement scheme, you must be 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. You'll also need to be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the placement (STFC will not apply for a visa or permit to work on behalf of candidates).
After submitting your application you may be asked to undertake a telephone interview with one of our hiring managers. If you have applied to more than one vacancy you may be contacted by more than one manager.
If you application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview at one of our sites.
Applications for the 2021 intake will open in September.
If you are interested in starting your career working at the forefront of scientific research, then each summer we have opportunities for undergraduate students to gain practical work experience with us. Students tend to work between 4 -12 weeks at either the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell Campus), Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington), The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (Edinburgh) or the STFC Headquarters in Swindon on projects relevant to their degree under the supervision of experts in their chosen field.
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.
This scheme is led by the Engineering Development Trust we work closely with them to find suitable placements for both pre-university and Year In Industry students.
STFC also offers one or two week work experience opportunities over the summer for school students (in Years 10-13) at our National Laboratories: Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.
It is a great way to find out what it is like to work at one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers with their scientific research. To find out more please visit our website.
I knew it would offer me great experience and a chance to gain a wide range of skills in a major high profile research council. The placement at Daresbury was also convenient and practical as I live within walking distance of the lab.
The learning curve was steep. However, it didn’t take long to settle in as both my line manager and colleagues in the group were incredibly helpful and approachable.
I have been involved in various projects during the year. For example, the group-specific induction pack that I created for newcomers to the group. This is an idea that is now being copied by other groups in the department.
Yes, which was an unexpected bonus. This involved attending primary schools with other members of staff, and assisting with presentations. I took part in a teacher training event at Daresbury, based around using the Raspberry Pi computer.
As a result of working with such highly skilled colleagues and undertaking many varied tasks, I have developed and learnt new skills which I believe are of great value to me. I now have more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively with other team members, and my listening skills have also greatly developed.
To apply for our Industrial and Summer Placements, you need to;
Industrial Placement vacancies are advertised from early September to late October, each year with interviews in November. Summer Placement vacancies will be open for applications in February and close in March 2020.
The recruitment process is managed by the UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS) on behalf of STFC.
When the recruitment opens you will be able to search for vacancies on Top Careers. Here you will be able to submit your application and track the progress of your application.
Please read the ‘How to Apply’ guidance on the vacancy. Please submit a CV and application form online outlining your suitability for the role.
Industrial Placements Students
Candidates will be selected for interview based on their application. Short-listed candidates may be invited to take part in an initial telephone interview. If successful, candidates will be invited to attend an interview at either Rutherford Appleton Laboratory or Daresbury Laboratory. Candidates will be expected to attend an interview for each project they have been short-listed for. The process will take up to half a day depending on how many interviews a candidate has been selected for. The interviews will be fairly informal and may include a small tour of the department. The successful candidate will then be made an employment offer.
Summer Placement Students
Candidates will be selected based on their CV and Cover letter, some candidates will be invited to either a telephone or face to face interview.