The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 and technology.
Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich 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.
The Vulcan High Power Laser Facility is part of the Central Laser Facility situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and 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 has a high profile with both an International and World stage reputation and is, during the placement year, expected to continue developing towards a major upgrade from its existing 1 PetaWatt (1015 W) capability, to ultimately become capable of delivering 20 PetaWatt to target.
It is envisaged that over the year, time within this role will be shared between development projects and operating the laser or providing support to the laser programme.
You must be computer literate, having at least a working knowledge of MS Office applications (primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint). You should be self-motivated and able to communicate easily with colleagues and have the ability to work within a small team.
As the post involves working on high power laser operations within a cleanroom environment it is essential that you will be capable of wearing the supplied personal protective equipment such as cleancoats, overshoes and laser goggles.