We are looking to support five science communication industrial placements to play a full role in promoting STFC science to a range of audiences. These placements will join a departmental team that plays a major role within STFC, promoting science through different channels including websites, social media, specialist and national media, events, exhibitions and education activities!
The five positions will be based in the following departments:
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology.
The Particle Physics Department builds detectors to answer fundamental questions in physics: collaborating on experiments around the world, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and neutrino detectors in the USA and Japan. Our physicists also analyse the data from these facilities and support researchers at various UK universities.
The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise in data-intensive science, and home to sophisticated high-performance computers. It is one of the largest departments of its kind with well over 200 computational scientists, software engineers and project support staff – and it is steadily growing as the demand for more research data management, storage and analytics increases. SCD supports some of the UK’s most advanced scientific facilities and provides the tools that enable the scientific community to discover and deliver vital research.
The Strategy, Planning and Communications (SPC) Directorate brings together the core roles that help shape, communicate and drive forward STFC’s national and international strategic priorities.
The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world’s leading laser facilities providing scientists from the UK, Europe and around the world with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology to carry out a broad range of pioneering experiments in physics, chemistry and biology. Our work impacts on the biggest challenges facing humanity – access to clean energy, health and wellbeing, the preservation of the environment which we all share and sustainable food production. We train people in advanced skills, drive economic innovation and encourage excellence in all that we do.
A passion for science and technology, an enjoyment of writing, a willingness to learn new techniques and the ability to explain sometimes complex subject matter in an engaging and understandable way to the general public is key for this opportunity. This placement will allow the successful candidate to develop their communication skills, both through written and other formats. Working well both individually and as part of a team, and be interested in different scientific areas and how science impacts on society is a requirement. Are you a science student wanting to switch into science communication or a journalism student seeking to specialise in science?
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