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The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest such departments in the UK and has an active research program. Physicists and support staff from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, together with collaborators from university groups, work on a variety of experiments abroad and in the UK. PPD are also responsible for co-ordinating the UK experimental programme and for providing support to groups at UK universities.

The department has excellent computing and library facilities. It also arranges frequent lectures and seminars in particle physics which all staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

Successful applicants will work with our staff at RAL on one of our projects. These include ATLAS, CMS, Dark Matter, LHCb, LZ and T2K.
Most of the projects are suitable for working from home, but not all. If restrictions do not allow the presence on site some of the projects may be cancelled.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Data analysis
  • Computer programming
  • Sensor testing

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • The right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement which is 6-12 weeks
  • Be a 3rd year Physics undergraduate (Computing or Engineering degrees can be considered)
  • A letter of recommendation from your tutor or another member of your university staff who has supervised you, should be emailed separately to with the subject titled as ‘2021 PPD Summer Student Reference’. Please name the letter as ‘SURNAME, FIRSTNAME’.
  • Please make sure your CV includes the following:
    University, course & year of studies
    Subjects studied & results to date
    Past academic record (For example, the dates & subjects you studied at school or college)
    Project work you have undertaken
    Past work experience
    Computing experience
    Interests and hobbies
    Preferred start and end date of Summer Placement


  • Knowledge of C++, Python or other programming language
  • Experience with Linux operating system
  • Experience with hardware projects
  • Experience with ROOT (data analysis and graphical presentation package)
  • Experience with Matlab

About STFC 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

How to Apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

About UKRI 

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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. 

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 flourish 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 a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 

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Number of vacancies: 
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