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We can offer you professional development working alongside real experts on projects that are out of the ordinary. You will be able to stretch your abilities and learn new skills. There are plenty of formal development opportunities too. In many roles you will network with others across the globe. You will be able to balance your work and life responsibilities and still make progress with your career. On top of this, you will be helping to really make a difference to things that matter to all of us.s.
Because a large amount of our funding comes from the taxpayer, we cannot match the top salaries in our field, but we know that the combination of benefits and opportunities we do offer makes up for this.
Our package includes an excellent pension, 30 days holiday plus 10.5 public and privilege days, plenty of development opportunities, a range of flexible working options (including flexible working hours), generous maternity leave, payment of professional subscriptions and a staff discount scheme. We have a pleasant working environment based at sites in beautiful locations close to transport infrastructure and towns and villages offering a high quality standard of living. Our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has an excellent workplace nursery. All 4 of our main our sites offer sports and social amenities, cafes and restaurants and free parking.
We offer a range of development opportunities, whatever the stage of your career. These include support with studying for professional qualifications, award-winning graduate and apprentice training schemes, continuous professional development through formal courses, on-the-job learning, networking, mentoring and coaching. You have the chance to work with and learn from inspiring experts in our fields of science and technology.
We employ PhD scientists, electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineers, IT specialists, software engineers, technical and business project managers, business development managers and business support professionals in a range of disciplines including finance, procurement, HR, communications and facilities management. We also need good personal skills, such as communication, solutions focus and teamworking. Have a look at our job families for more information.
Our multi-disciplinary teams specialise in materials science, particle physics, plasma physics, photon science, astronomy, space science, biology, biomedicine and chemistry.
We have an award-winning graduate scheme that offers first class development of your technical and managerial skills and supports your personal development at this important stage of your career. We have an award-wining apprenticeship scheme for engineers. We offer placements for sandwich students, interns, modern apprenticeships and Year in Industry students. Our summer vacation student programme offers opportunities to undergraduates studying in our fields of specialism. You can read more on our graduates page, or take a look at our career entry table. We also welcome and develop newly qualified people on the job and with further training.
Research suggests that women can be put off of careers in physics or engineering. Take a look at the stories our female colleagues can tell about their successful careers with us. Look at the measures we have in place to enable women to get the best out of their working lives. If you’re still not sure if STFC is for you, you are welcome to come and talk to us. If you would like to do this, please contact our Resourcing Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK Astronomy Technology Centre is in Edinburgh. Daresbury Laboratory is near Warrington in Cheshire. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is near Didcot in Oxfordshire. Our headquarters is based in Swindon. Find out more on our locations page.