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.
Central Laser Facility (CLF)
The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists.
Artemis is the CLF’s facility for ultrafast laser and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) science, and carries out a variety of experiments from gas-phase chemistry to materials science. The facility is based on high repetition rate, tuneable laser sources and ultra-short pulses of XUV radiation, connected by vacuum beam-lines taking the pulses to interaction chambers. Experiments on Artemis aim to use XUV pulses to track the evolution of electronic states in dissociating molecules, or during phase changes in advanced materials such as graphene.
Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
A placement position working within the Artemis Group alongside staff and visiting scientists is being offered, with an emphasis on ultrafast science with XUV pulses. You will be helping to set up experiments with university groups, solving problems as they occur. This will involve working with optics and ultra-high vacuum systems. You will be trained in instrument control programming and data analysis. You will also work projects to develop the facility, both on your own and as part of the team. You will be working with scientists, engineers and students from the Central Laser Facility and with visiting scientists from UK and European university research groups
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)
- First two years of degree course in physics, chemistry or a closely related subject, with grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher (S)
- A-level Maths or equivalent (S)
- A-level Physics or equivalent (S)
- GCSE English or equivalent (S)
- Experimental physics, chemistry or closely related laboratory course (S)
- Ability to apply knowledge of science to solve problems (I)
- Understanding relevant fundamental principles from their university course (I)
- Highly motivated (I)
- Able to work independently or as part of a team (I)
- Effective written and verbal communication skills (I)
- Good problem-solving skills (I)
- Responsible approach to health and safety (I)
This role will involve working in tight spaces where access is restricted and will involve standing for extended periods. Successful candidates will also be required to ware personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, glove and a face mask.
Ultrafast Laser Science Industrial Placement - IRC250799
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