Work Placement / Internship

High Rep Rate Target Delivery Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

Save to shortlist Saved to shortlist Apply now

Target Fabrication is a group within the Central Laser Facility that is responsible for providing complex targets 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; experiment 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. New laser facilities such as EPAC require large numbers of targets and on this scale manufacture and quality control is extremely challenging.  

STFC's three top tips

Find out what you can do to really impress recruiters at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – from Early Careers Talent Acquisition Manager, Ben Bealing. To watch the full Gradcracker/STFC webinar, click here.

The group uses a wide range of physical and chemical processes, together with advanced characterisation techniques to deliver targets that meet the experiment’s requirements.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

The placement student in Target Fabrication will be tasked with the support and development of several key projects to deliver high repetition rate target solutions as the group has a key deliverable in the next 5 years of supporting high-repetition rate laser experiments; delivering thousands of batched produced targets to operations.  

To achieve this key capability the student will develop and maintain the tape target delivery system and manufacture novel targets on tape carriers in support of the ongoing development and delivery of such systems. In addition, the student will be involved in the research and development of solutions to deliver liquid based targets at high repetition rate in collaboration with engineers and physicists both at STFC and in universities and facilities in the UK and Europe.  

Additionally, the student will support the more general target delivery to the Central Laser Facility using a range of target manufacture and characterisation equipment.  


Core responsibility: 

  • Assembly and testing of the tape drive target delivery system and benchmarking targets for use in the laser areas 
  • Working with engineering and scientific teams to develop liquid target delivery systems
  • Integrating tape drive with existing manufacturing and assembly equipment within the Target Fabrication Group

Additional responsibilities: 

  • Contributing to the delivery programme run by the team to support the CLF experimental programme

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Ability to use 3D CAD software to create 3D objects. Examples of relevant software include, but are not limited to, Blender, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge  

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 
  • Knowledge of a range of manufacture techniques such as CNC and laser machining  
  • Ability to interpret and create engineering drawings, understanding of geometrical tolerancing  
  • Ability to use 3D CAD software to create 3D objects. Examples of relevant software include, but are not limited to, Blender, Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge  
  • Competent in communicating effectively across various groups  


  • Experience with Computational fluid dynamics modelling  
  • Experience in programming using MATLAB and Python 
  • Basic understanding of vacuum theory  
  • Experience in working within a cleanroom environment  
  • An understanding of the microscale and microfluidics 
  • Experience in automation and robotics 

We've signed the Gradcracker feedback pledge.

(This means that we will supply feedback if requested after an interview.)


Apply online now
This button will open a new tab and take you directly to the employer's website to apply.
Please remember, if asked, that you found this job on Gradcracker.
Save to shortlist Saved to shortlist

Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
    (Show map)

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Automotive
  • Computer Science
  • Hardware
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems

Also Accepting...
Click to show all disciplines

More on our Hub

Employee Profiles

View more »

Watch our videos

Watch more of our videos »


View our blogs

Follow your favourite employers
Save jobs to your shortlist
Receive personalised alerts
Access our live webinars
Register now