Sector Guide

Where could you work?

Science & Technology

Graduates in this area are involved in an incredibly diverse array of research, technology and engineering projects which make a real difference to both the environment and people’s lives, both within and beyond the UK.

STFC at a glance

Key facts:

  • One of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations
  • An independent, non-departmental public body of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Formed in April 2007
  • Headquarters in Swindon
  • Key establishments at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Daresbury Laboratory, Chilbolton Observatory and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre
  • 1,934 employees

Discipline groups recruited...

  • Aerospace
  • Chemical/Process
  • Civil/Building
  • Computing/Technology
  • Electronic & Electrical
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • Sciences/Maths

Opportunities & Benefits:

STFC is a place where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. On our award-winning graduate development programme, graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. They enjoy two years of soft skills and technical training and development, as well as on-the-job experience. Our programme is accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IoP).

STFC is big on work-life balance with 30 days’ holiday a year and flexible working patterns. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Edinburgh, and our sites offer a wide range of facilities such as social and sporting activities, cafés, restaurants and gyms.