Graduate scheme


Science and Technology Facility Council Graduate Scheme – Engineering

What is the Science and Technology Facilities Council?

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 the nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation; a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. We operate some of the world’s most ambitious scientific and engineering facilities – offering you the chance to work at prestigious locations around the globe. We work to the highest standards, yet the atmosphere across our locations is relaxed and friendly.

Engineering at STFC

How do we keep the Central Laser Facility safe and serviceable throughout the year? How do we ensure that our Neutron and Muon Sources are available for important scientific studies? Engineering. Our engineers make up the maintenance backbone of our facilities. Our facility engineers cover a large number of areas of the organisation: project management, design, manufacture, procurement, assembly, installation, integration, and commissioning of sophisticated engineering project to ensure the serviceability of our facilities.

The STFC Graduate Scheme

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a multifaceted, creative, collaborative culture. A large number of our graduates choose to work towards chartered status with their professional body. The graduate scheme is accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics, and we have achieved an interim accreditation with the British Computer Society.

What do we look for?

We are looking for highly motivated people who are excited by the prospect of working with ground-breaking engineering at a world leading organisation. Are you a hardworking person who can help us to provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life.

Essential Criteria:

In order to join our graduate scheme, you must have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a minimum of a 2.1 in your undergraduate and have graduated from university no earlier than 2020. All applicants must have the right to live and work without restriction in the UK. You must also be available to start full time work by the 12th of September 2022.

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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