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.
Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.
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 graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.
The UK ATC, located at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, is the national centre for the design and production of astronomical technology. We design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes. We also project-manage UK and international collaborations. Our scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into fundamental questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies.
Current projects at the UK ATC include; Harmoni instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will be the largest optical and infra-red telescope ever built. Mid InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s flagship successor to Hubble. Projects of this size and complexity require close collaboration of many different international partners, which provides a unique challenge with respect to the project management.
As a Graduate Project Manager at the UK ATC, the post holder will be expected to work within teams across a wide range of projects, according to the processes and procedures in place at the UK ATC which are based around the PMI Body of Knowledge standards and the STFC Project Management guidelines.
Working within a matrix organisation alongside engineers, technicians and scientists, and reporting to the Head of the Project Management Group at the UK ATC, the main duties will be to:-
Note that some of these tasks will involve UK/international travel to consortium institutes external to the UK ATC.
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.
In order to apply for this role you must have:
Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role. Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded.
Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres in December or January.