"Every role is satisfying and provides you with so many opportunities to challenge yourself and grow."
The work-life balance is fantastic and the current graduates are so enthusiastic about the STFC graduate scheme.
I get to design and test real things that will be sent into space; from early concept designs all the way to finished products ready for launch.
Setting up thermometry on the SPICE instrument for the Solar Orbiter mission.
Building a thermal model of the SCOPE coronagraph from scratch; I had never done something like that before and it was very satisfying to see it come together.
The support here is brilliant; everyone is friendly and helpful with anything and everything.
Seeing space-bound instruments on a day-to-day basis, actually having a hand in helping them work and eventually fly.
The STFC strongly encourages you to pursue professional accreditation with a recognised institution. They help you to do this by offering you any opportunities you feel you need to develop and grow.
Fun and engaging.
I occasionally run tours of RAL Space or represent them at outreach events.
Annual leave allowance, flexi-time, professional development.
The STFC is an amazing place to start your career in Science and Research. Every role is satisfying and provides you with so many opportunities to challenge yourself and grow.