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About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding.

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We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities.

You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology.

Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

This industrial placement will be based in the Communications group enabling the successful candidate to gain experience in both external and internal communications. 

The External Communications team is responsible for promoting the impact of STFC facilities, grant funded research programmes, international partnerships, and knowledge exchange and economic impact.

It is also responsible for managing STFC’s reputation and fulfilling requirements set out by the government including publishing an annual report. The team uses a variety of platforms both digital and hard copy to engage with all of STFC’s audiences. 

The Internal Communications team are also responsible for disseminating information to staff across the wider STFC facilities.

Overview of our industrial placement scheme

STFC’s exceptionally diverse range of placements allow you to work alongside world leading engineers, scientists and technicians in highly collaborative environments. Whichever you choose, you’ll become a critical member of the team in which you will be exposed to exciting projects and challenges from the beginning.

You’ll be supported every step of the way by our dedicated Early Careers Team who will also ensure you benefit from a range of personal development opportunities. 

Summary of responsibilities

Are you looking for a placement in the North West? This will be based at STFC's Daresbury Laboratory, but our group is part of a wider communications department that spans STFC’s sites nationally. There is the opportunity to gain experience of communicating across a variety of platforms, including both digital and hard copy to engage with all of STFC’s audiences.

As part of the team, this placement will work closely with colleagues in social media, digital content creation, press, internal communications and public engagement.

We will fully support you in these areas:

  • To provide general communications assistance to external communications, including support to the media team, public and stakeholder engagement, web, internal communications and communications planning
  • Be responsible for producing digital materials for use across a range of platforms, including video, photography and audio files 
  • Work with the social media officer to promote STFC materials across different platforms and encourage traffic between them and back to the STFC website 
  • Providing content for real time use at STFC events such as live tweets and pictures 
  • Written content for use on any of platforms 
  • Contributing to the events and visits and to Directorate and STFC-wide initiatives and committees 
  • Assisting with the monitoring of SM channels and with the creation of social media evaluation reports 
  • Writing online articles that follow a campaign theme and are targeted at specific audiences
  • Providing technical skills and support for the production of a weekly creation of a regular staff e newsletter
  • General business support to all parts of communications, including being part of a rota for the monitoring of group inboxes.

In order to apply for this placement, we are looking for the following:

Essential:

  • Currently be enrolled on an undergraduate degree course 
  • Be required or have requested to take a placement year 
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement 
  • People organisational skills
  • Social media/digital experience 
  • Can demonstrate experience of principles and practice of customer care 
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical 

Desirable:

  • Events organisation
  • Administrative experience 
  • Applicants will be asked to perform a short written test at the end of the interview.

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

We would recommend you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

Benefits

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. 

  • Work Life Balance
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets
  • Paid Emergency Leave

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded.

Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 30th, 2022
  • Starting: June 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Warrington (Cheshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Science

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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