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Programme Coordinator Sandwich Student

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.

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.

Summary of Key Duties & 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. You 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.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • 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).


  • studying in a science or engineering discipline (S).

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • good written and presentation skills (S&I)
  • ability to act on own initiative (S&I)
  • good analytical skills (S&I)
  • ability to work effectively within a team environment and with minimal supervision (S&I)
  • strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively at all levels both internally and within the university sector (I)
  • ability to plan, prioritise and work to deadlines (S&I)
  • ability to think creatively and look for innovative solutions (I)
  • enthusiasm for STFC’s science programme (S&I).


  • effective management skills including organising and delegating work to meet deadlines (S&I)
  • good financial skills including managing budgets (S).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • good communication skills (S&I)
  • good written and presentation skills (I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the typeof work assigned to them  (S&I).


  • knowledge of the particle physics, nuclear physics and particle astrophysics programmes (S&I)
  • demonstrable ability to keep up to date with recent policy and strategy developments (S&I).

Special Requirements


  • willingness and ability to travel in the UK.

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

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.

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