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Vulcan high power laser Industrial Placement

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STFC - CLF - Vulcan high power laser 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 Vulcan high power laser is an ultra-high intensity laser interaction facility that provides a service to both national and international university-based research groups, allowing them to conduct experiments in the field of plasma physics. Vulcan is one of the most powerful lasers in the world, and is constantly update to keep track of the best laser technology and the ever more demanding needs of the science community.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

It is envisaged that over the year, time within this role will be shared between scientific projects and operating the laser or providing support to the laser programme:

Science/development Project: Lasers are the backbone and the workhorse of scientific and technological development. The Vulcan laser is at the forefront of laser development. The post holder will directly contribute to the development, testing and integration of new elements into the Vulcan laser system to enhance system performance. This will involve constructing optical hardware, optical design work and/or software development.

Vulcan Operations: You will join the Vulcan Laser Operations Group as part of a small team working in a friendly atmosphere, contributing to the success of experiments making this a world leading facility.

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.


Vulcan high power laser Industrial Placement - IRC250910

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