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Science Communication and Impact Assistant

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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. 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. See all our current industrial placement vacancies here.

Scientific computing is fundamental to modern research. This broad and rapidly-advancing field involves exploiting advanced computing capabilities to understand and solve complex problems in science

The huge amounts of data generated by scientific research require advanced computing infrastructure, products and services. Scientists need these resources to interpret and manage the information they obtain during their research, and this is what the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides. Whether it’s creating new computational science software, helping to visualize complex scientific results, or developing the infrastructure that allows us to process huge amounts of data, SCD is driving improvements across the scientific research landscape.

We are looking for a science communication student to help promote the Scientific Computing Department to a range of audiences. You will be part of a small team that plays a major role in promoting the technology and expertise we provide in support of national and international science, through a range of channels including websites, internal newsletters, specialist and national media, conferences and exhibitions, and educational activities.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your writing and presentation skills to promote our work to a wide range of audiences.

The role would suit someone with an interest in communicating contemporary science. You might be a science student wanting to switch into science communication or you might be a journalism student seeking to specialise in science.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Researching, writing and presenting our science through a range of channels
  • Managing and supporting projects to help raise SCD’s profile, both within UKRI and externally
  • Supporting  the SCD website content development
  • Developing case studies
  • Participating in public engagement and educational activities.

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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