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Target Fabrication Robotics Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Target Fabrication is a group at the Central Laser Facility responsible for providing complex objects for use in high-power laser experiments. These objects are at the focal point of high-intensity laser interactions and are made into complex geometries from novel materials. Target requirements are dependent on experimental requirements and vary broadly from one experimental campaign to the next; the experiments topics span plasma physics and particle acceleration, laboratory astrophysics, and industrial applications opportunities.  

In order to create extreme environments the laser is focused to an interaction point comparable to the width of a human hair, the targets that are required have features of the same magnitude. On this scale manufacture and quality control is extremely challenging! Target Fabrication requires a wide capability of physical and chemical processes, together with sophisticated characterisation techniques to deliver targets that meet the experiment’s requirements.  

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

Are you studying a Robotics, Engineering, or a closely related degree? If so, we are looking for a placement student to join Target Fabrication.  

This opportunity will be tasked with the ongoing project in automating Target Fabrication’s micro-component assembly. Target Fabrication has a key result in the next 5-10 years of supporting high-repetition rate laser experiments; delivering thousands of batched produced targets to operations. To achieve this key capability the student will use robotic pick and place, automated glue dispensing and automated storage solutions to manufacture laser targets. The ultimate goal is to have these three automated operations integrated seamlessly. 

Overall, responsibilities will also include: 

  • Support the more general engineering requirements of the group such as 3D design work using CAD software 
  • 3D printing objects for the group and wider facility 
  • Demonstrate rapid manufacture of targets using automated assembly using existing technologies 
  • Programme control systems responsible for the pick and place of a variety of objects 
  • Improve yield of picked and placed objects by implementing engineering solutions and testing outcomes 
  • Integrate the CLF Tape drive system into the robotic assembly project 
  • Work in a clean-room laboratory environment 
  • Complete project documentation by tracking progress against milestones 
  • Run 3D printing technology for the benefit of the wider group 
  • Use CAD skills to assist the wider group with 3d design 

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 
  • Subject of degree to be Robotics, Engineering, or closely related  
  • Good knowledge on the basics of physics, A-level Physics (or equivalent) minimum  
  • Knowledge of robotics or automation (university project or individual interest)  
  • Working experience with 3D CAD design software  
  • Good knowledge of how different materials are suited to different applications in an engineering context  
  • Familiarity with Windows operating system 
  • Good understanding of the terms repeatability, accuracy and tolerance in an engineering context 
  • The ability to work individually on a project, plan effectively and write reports  


  • Some relevant programming experience with control systems for robotics  
  • Experience using a 3D printer  
  • Has used Solid Edge or Autodesk Inventor  
  • Basic knowledge of the type of experiment that could take place with a high-power laser  
  • Proven examples of working in a team to complete a technical or scientific project 
  • Has presented project work to their academic supervisors or peers 
  • Can identify hazards and work safely in a challenging environment 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems

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