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CLF Ultra Sandwich Student – Ultrafast Time-Resolved Spectroscopy (Physics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry) - Year-Long Placement

Background 

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. 

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) provides state of the art laser, spectroscopy and imaging facilities for scientific research across all the disciplines in science. The Student’s role will be to support the operations and scientific development of the CLF Ultra facility. Ultra is the most sensitive time resolved infrared spectrometer in the world. It takes spectral “snapshots” of the changes in molecules that occur during reactions all the way down to timescales of 10 million millionths of a second. The facility is visited by scientists from the UK and Europe and used to study the fundamental nature of molecules in research that spans the biosciences to the physical sciences. For example the how light sensitive proteins (like those that drive photosynthesis) function and how future molecular electronic devices work at the molecular level. This research has potential to impact development of biosensors, catalysts and electronic devices and well as increase our knowledge of fundamental molecular reactivity that happens all around us.

List of Duties/Responsibilities 

You will work with a team operating the Ultra facility. The work will include research and development projects and assisting in the operation of the facility, where the student will learn skills in experimental practice in a chemistry and laser laboratory, in purchasing of materials and equipment, in safe working in science labs and in working and interacting with top UK and EU research scientists who work in a range of fields. Projects will be delegated on commencement of the placement according to the needs of the facility and the abilities of the successful candidate.

The Ultra team are continuously building, testing and refining new instruments, such as 2D-IR, time resolved IR/Raman and imaging spectrometers. In equal measure, applications of these techniques are under continuous development and reflect the broad interests of our user community, which includes photochemistry, photocatalysis, photobiology and protein dynamics. Student projects will therefore involve a mixture of instrument development, sample preparation, spectroscopic measurements and data analysis.

You should have a background in the physical sciences and competence in chemistry. A basic awareness of lasers and their applications is desirable. Computing and optics experience is desirable but not essential.

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

Personal Skills and Attributes 

  • good standard of spoken and written English
  • good interpersonal & communications skills
  • ability to search the scientific literature
  • use of computers for scientific purposes, including data manipulation and analysis, and use of Microsoft Office or similar

Qualifications

Essential:

  • good A levels in scientific subjects and grades from relevant university courses
  • achieving an average of first class or 2:1 in term exams

Knowledge/Skills and Experience 

Essential:

  • experience in the physical sciences

Desirable:

  • lab experience in working with chemicals or optics
  • some experience in working with experimental data analysis and presentation on computers
  • application of skills in areas outside of study.

Personal Skills and Qualities 

Essential:

  • 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

Special Requirements 

Essential:

  • 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

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