Graduate working at STFC


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a place where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering.

STFC is home to an incredibly diverse array of research, technology and engineering projects – and each one promises to fire the imagination. Our work is focused on Inspiring Impact – to make a real-world difference to people’s lives and the environment. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

Why join STFC?

STFC are contributing to some of the most exciting and challenging research projects happening right now.  From cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen-powered cars, energy generation to accident-scene emergency care and our impact is felt within and beyond the UK in many aspects of daily life.

We have played a fundamental role in some high profile projects, like the discovery of the Higgs boson and CERN, and the design and build of the Philae lander which is transforming our knowledge of comets and the universe.

Our vision is “To maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.”

A real job

Our graduates are recruited into a permanent position and work on real projects for real customers from day one. They work alongside world leading scientists and engineers and benefit from excellent on the job learning and development. Our graduates take an influential role shaping the future of science, engineering and technology – in the UK and overseas.

 A work life balance

We want the best from our employees and understand the balance between work and home is important.

We offer employees:

  • 30 days annual leave, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays
  • Flexible working , enabling most staff to have flexibility on their start and finishing times each day
  • Site Lectures on a wide variety of topics
  • Clubs and societies, just ask our graduates about the ‘rounder’s competition each summer.

Great Locations

In 2017, we have graduate opportunities at;

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is located in the Oxfordshire countryside close to Oxford, Reading and Newbury - and only 45 minutes by train into London.

The UK Astronomy Centre is located on a historic site a few miles outside the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Graduate Programme

We recruit between 20 – 35 graduates each year, all of whom start in a real job from day one and enjoy two years of formal training and development.

Our graduates are recruited into a wide range of roles within our graduate scheme, including physicists, engineers within a variety of disciplines as well as specialists in coding and computing.

80% of our graduates work towards chartered status with their professional body. Our scheme is accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics, and the British Computer Society.

We operate some of the world’s most ambitious scientific and engineering facilities. We work to the highest standards, yet the atmosphere across our locations is relaxed and friendly.

Our staff work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators and involved in many of the world’s big science projects, like CERN. Our engineering breakthroughs are supporting the advancement of knowledge – and making a big impact through real-world applications.


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