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Accelerator Physicist - Industrial Placement

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STFC - ASTeC - Accelerator Physicist - Industrial Placement

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 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.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. 

The Accelerator Physics (AP) group within the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory specialises in the design, commissioning, and development of particle accelerators. The AP group work on a variety of accelerators, including colliders for high energy particle physics experiments, synchrotron light sources and Free Electron Lasers (FELs) for studying the dynamics on the molecular scale of biological, chemical, and structural systems, and a variety of facilities for medical and industrial research and applications.

ASTeC is also a part of The Cockcroft Institute, a collaboration with Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, and Strathclyde Universities. The student will have the opportunity to draw on the extensive learning resources within the institute, which includes a regular lecture series on accelerator science and technology.

The candidate will contribute to the research and design of a future radiotherapy treatment linac for cancer therapy and/or an electron diffraction facility. The exact details of the final project will be decided taking into consideration the abilities and interest of the student and the AP project status. The work may involve basic conceptual design studies, detailed design, computer simulations, and experimental work on the accelerators at Daresbury. The candidate will be expected to work closely with other AP group members plus other scientific and engineering groups as part of a wider team.

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. 

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.


  • 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 for an undergraduate degree in Physics or a closely related subject (S)
  • Demonstrate achievements consistent with a 2:1 degree classification (S)
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)
  • Good general computing skills (S&I)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. (S&I)


  • Experience in using computers for data analysis and/or simulations of physical systems  (S&I)
  • Programming experience in any of: Matlab, Mathematica, C++, Python, or similar (S&I)
  • Previous project work in scientific research either in University or elsewhere (S&I)
  • Broad interest in science (S&I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S&I)
  • Good team working skills (S&I)

Special requirements:

This role may require occasional travel (both within the UK and overseas) and some out of hours work on accelerator experiments.


Accelerator Physicist - Industrial Placement - IRC250800

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