Graduate scheme

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Graduate Opportunities – Science and Technology Facilities Council

We know that you want to use your talent, skill, and dedication to make a difference and at STFC you will get the opportunity to do just that. Your work will support world-leading science and innovation and enable ground-breaking research that will inspire, shape and define our future. Every one of our graduate roles has an impact on life across the globe.

About our Graduate Programme

We offer the following graduate pathways, each providing outstanding opportunities to contribute to STFC’s mission:

  • Scientific Computing and IT
  • Engineering
  • Science & Technology
  • Microelectronics
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Business Support

You’ll relish the challenge of having a job in which you can make an impact from day one. Joining one of our departments as a core member of the team, you will gain immediate exposure to exciting projects and challenges that will enable you to rapidly develop deep expertise and technical ability.

We provide an opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion early in your journey with us, supported by a broader programme of career support, training and development tailored to each pathway. Our dedicated Graduate Development Team will provide the right combination of challenge and support throughout, helping you achieve your ambitions. We know that professional recognition is important to you too, so we provide mentoring and the expertise you will need to help you achieve valued qualifications or chartered status in your chosen field.

You’ll benefit from collaborating with world leading engineers, technicians and scientists – in addition to being part of a growing and vibrant graduate community – building networks and connections across STFC, UKRI, and beyond.

The diversity of our organisation means that no two career pathways are the same, but whichever route you choose, we know you’ll enjoy a truly unique early career experience with us.

About you

In order to be eligible for STFC’s graduate scheme, you need to have:

  • Obtained a first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK
  • Individual requirements based upon the role

But this will only take you so far. Academic ability in your field is vital, but we also strongly value your drive for perfection and passion for teamwork. With high levels of self-awareness, you’ll bring a clear commitment to your own development and be ready to seek out and grasp new opportunities for both professional and personal growth.


We have a wide variety of opportunities within science, engineering, IT and project management available. You can explore our available opportunities via our website, please click the 'apply online' button for more information.


We have opportunities in the following locations:

  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
  • UK ATC, Edinburgh
  • Daresbury Laboratory

How we support EDI in the workforce

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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