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Science Communication and Impact Assistant - Industrial Placement

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About us

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

The opportunity

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. 

Scientific computing is fundamental to modern research. This broad and rapidly-advancing field involves exploiting advanced computing capabilities to understand and solve complex problems in science. The huge amounts of data generated by scientific research require advanced computing infrastructure, products and services. Scientists need these resources to interpret and manage the information they obtain during their research, and this is what the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides. Whether it’s creating new computational science software, helping to visualise complex scientific results, or developing the infrastructure that allows us to process huge amounts of data, SCD is driving improvements across the scientific research landscape.

We are looking for a science communication student to help promote the Scientific Computing Department to a range of audiences. You will be part of a small team that plays a major role in promoting the technology and expertise we provide in support of national and international science, through a range of channels including websites, internal newsletters, specialist and national media, conferences and exhibitions, and educational activities.

Who are we looking for?

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your writing and presentation skills to promote our work to a wide range of audiences.

The role would suit someone with an interest in communicating contemporary science. For example, you might be a science student wanting to switch into science communication.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Researching, writing and presenting our science through a range of channels
  • Managing and supporting projects to help raise SCD’s profile, both within UKRI and externally
  • Supporting the SCD website content development
  • Developing case studies
  • Participating in public engagement and educational activities.


How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 27th, 2019
  • £19,404 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Didcot (Oxfordshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Forensic Science
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Nuclear
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications

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