Graduate working at STFC

Programme Coordinator (Physics/Astronomy) - Year-Long Placement


STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree. Each year STFC recruit up to 45 sandwich students who are able to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university in a working environment, providing learning on the job and working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers. Learning new skills to help in their further studies.

Programmes Directorate commissions and oversees the delivery of the STFC science programme in universities and its own laboratories. Its role is to support the UK’s world class research programme in astronomy, particle physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics as well as STFC's programmes in education, Innovation, training and public outreach. For both established and new national and international projects, we are the trusted point of contact for many different stakeholders. Our dedicated teams ensure that, in an increasingly challenging financial environment, our funds are allocated to maximise the output and impact from our science programmes.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

As part of a team based in the STFC’s Programmes Directorate you will support meetings and events both internal and external, provide support to the subject teams in Programmes Directorate in the provision of peer review, management information and data and also in the delivery of programmes and schemes, such as the reporting and monitoring of awards. This will include preparation of background information concerning project management, finances and risk for panel members of peer review and oversight committees as well as general support for committee members.

Personal Skills and Attributes 

Strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interact effectively at all levels both in STFC and externally with the scientific community are essential. You will be capable of working effectively within a team environment and contributing to team motivation, as well as working with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will have a strong ability to think creatively, to take on responsibility for different tasks and to seek and accept change and continuous improvement. You should be able to demonstrate a high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals.

You should have an enthusiasm for the science we do and be able to demonstrate good analytical skills, as well as the ability to prioritise and organise work to meet deadlines.

Welcome to STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide.



  • Studying in a science or engineering discipline 

Personal Skills & Qualities


  • Good written and presentational skills
  • Ability to act on own initiative
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and work to deadlines


  • Effective management skills including organising and delegating work to meet deadlines
  • Good financial skills including managing budgets

Knowledge/Skills and Experience


  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them


  • Knowledge of the particle physics, nuclear physics and particle astrophysics programmes;
  • Demonstrable ability to keep up to date with recent policy and strategy developments

Special Requirements

Essential: Willingness and ability to travel in the UK

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