Graduate Opportunity

Central Laser Facility - Graduate Optics Engineer – Laser Facilities

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Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres: 12th, 16th December and 21st or 28th January

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. See all of our current Graduate vacancies here.

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Executive Chair Mark Thomson talks about the exciting research being done at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. Through research fellowships and grants, it is responsible for funding research in UK unive

The Central Laser Facility (CLF)

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff. It provides advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists, ranging from the Vulcan and Gemini high power laser facilities to optical microscopes and tweezers. The CLF takes a leading role in many research projects that make use of these facilities, including work on laser-plasma accelerators, fusion energy, ultra-fast science, vibrational spectroscopy and single-molecule microscopy.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to the pioneering work being undertaken in the high power laser division. Vulcan is used to access extreme conditions by its user community; it is capable of delivering up to 2.5KJ in 8 independent beamlines into 2 interaction areas and can reach peak powers of 1PW. The successful candidate will join the Vulcan laser group to operate and develop the Vulcan facility. This will involve working with systems that vary in size from table-top systems to optics with 1m diameters. You will also contribute to the overall development of the capability of the Vulcan laser facility and will be encouraged to contribute your own ideas to improve the performance of the laser and to work on other projects within the CLF.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

As a self-motivated individual you will be trained in the safe operation of the Vulcan laser facility and work as part of a friendly group to deliver successful experiments to our user community. Working as part of a team of scientists and engineers, you will contribute to the ongoing development of the Vulcan laser facility with specific emphasis in the short and long pulse laser systems. This could include:

  • Aligning optical systems.
  • Designing diagnostics.
  • Operating & maintaining lasers.
  • Modelling & simulating the expected performance of new laser systems.

Organisation 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.


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Job ID Number: IRC251278
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Opportunity Overview

  • November 17th, 2019
  • £26,932 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Didcot
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Energy
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Software
  • Systems

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