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Science Communication Industrial Placements

Didcot, Oxfordshire. 5 vacancies.

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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! 

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The five positions will be based in the following departments: 

  • ISIS Neutron and Muon Source 
  • The Central Laser Facility 
  • Scientific Computing Department 
  • Particle Physics Department 
  • Strategy Planning and Communications directorate 

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source 

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 

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. 

Scientific Computing Department 

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. 

Strategy Planning and Communications directorate 

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 

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.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

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? 


  • Researching and presenting our science through a range of written, verbal and visual channels 
  • Support website and social media content creation and development 
  • Developing case studies of staff and industrial work 
  • Working with scientists and engineers to help deliver events, including the RAL open week 
  • Supporting other communication team activities such as video production and motion graphics 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry  
  • Right to live and work in the UK 
  • GCSE English or equivalent  
  • Keen interest in science and science communication  
  • Excellent writing skills  
  • Excellent presentation skills  
  • Good organisational skills  
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  


  • A-levels or equivalent in Science and English  
  • Experience in graphic design, social media or video/audio production
  • Experience in writing for publication  
  • Experience in STEM outreach 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £ 20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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