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Accelerator Physicist - Industrial Placement

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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.

Welcome To STFC

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

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate 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.

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 placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. 

The Accelerator Physics (AP) group within the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory specialises in the design, commissioning, and development of particle accelerators. The AP group work on a variety of accelerators, including colliders for high energy particle physics experiments, synchrotron light sources and Free Electron Lasers (FELs) for studying the dynamics on the molecular scale of biological, chemical, and structural systems, and a variety of facilities for medical and industrial research and applications.

ASTeC is also a part of The Cockcroft Institute, a collaboration with Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, and Strathclyde Universities. The student will have the opportunity to draw on the extensive learning resources within the institute, which includes a regular lecture series on accelerator science and technology.

The candidate will contribute to the research and design of a future radiotherapy treatment linac for cancer therapy and/or an electron diffraction facility. The exact details of the final project will be decided taking into consideration the abilities and interest of the student and the AP project status. The work may involve basic conceptual design studies, detailed design, computer simulations, and experimental work on the accelerators at Daresbury. The candidate will be expected to work closely with other AP group members plus other scientific and engineering groups as part of a wider team.

Job Requirements 

  • Studying for an undergraduate degree in Physics or a closely related subject
  • Demonstrate achievements consistent with a 2:1 degree classification 
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical 
  • Good general computing skills.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: IRC250800

In order to be eligible for STFC’s Industrial Placement scheme, you need to;

  • Currently be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and are required to; or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. You will need to complete a copy of the STFC Industrial Placement Application form and upload it to your application along with a copy of your CV. 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
Interview/assessment date: 25th– 28th of November 2019

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Opportunity Overview

  • November 3rd, 2019
  • £19,404 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Warrington
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science

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