Don’t wait until you graduate to experience working at STFC, we have a variety of opportunities for undergraduates, via our: sandwich placements or our paid vacation scheme. Whilst working at STFC you will gain on the job work experience, working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers.
By joining us on a placement, you could also earn the opportunity to be sponsored through the rest of your degree – before returning to us as a graduate.
We love to engage with undergraduates, each year we employ approximately 45 sandwich students, giving them the opportunity to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university within a working environment.
Joining the STFC Sandwich student scheme, you will benefit by:
In order to apply for our sandwich student scheme, you must be on a recognised sandwich degree and supported by your university. You'll also need to be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the placement (STFC will not apply for a visa or permit to work on behalf of candidates).
After submitting your application you may be asked to undertake a telephone interview with one of our hiring managers. If you have applied to more than one vacancy you may be contacted by more than one manager.
If you application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview at one of our sites:
Every summer STFC offer exciting opportunities for undergraduate students to gain practical work experience, while earning a generous salary. If you are interested in starting your career working at the forefront of scientific research you could even be selected as one of our sponsored students, and receive a payment of up to £6,000 per annum for the rest of your course.
Students can work for 4 -12 weeks at either the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell Campus), Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington), The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (Edinburgh) or the STFC Headquarters in Swindon on projects relevant to their intended or current course of study, under the supervision of experts in their chosen field.
We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.
Applications for 2017 have now closed, but we will have details of new positions available from early 2018.
This scheme is led by the Engineering Development Trust we work closely with them to find suitable placements for both pre-university and sandwich year students.
STFC also offers one or two week work experience opportunities over the summer for school students (in Years 10-13) at our National Laboratories: Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.
It is a great way to find out what it is like to work at one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers with their scientific research. To find out more please visit our website.
I knew it would offer me great experience and a chance to gain a wide range of skills in a major high profile research council. The placement at Daresbury was also convenient and practical as I live within walking distance of the lab.
The learning curve was steep. However, it didn’t take long to settle in as both my line manager and colleagues in the group were incredibly helpful and approachable.
I have been involved in various projects during the year. For example, the group-specific induction pack that I created for newcomers to the group. This is an idea that is now being copied by other groups in the department.
Yes, which was an unexpected bonus. This involved attending primary schools with other members of staff, and assisting with presentations. I took part in a teacher training event at Daresbury, based around using the Raspberry Pi computer.
As a result of working with such highly skilled colleagues and undertaking many varied tasks, I have developed and learnt new skills which I believe are of great value to me. I now have more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively with other team members, and my listening skills have also greatly developed.
MPhys with Professional experience at Exeter University
I’m working on the Astra-Gemini laser.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use my degree to do and I thought the sandwich placements programme would be a great way to explore my options. STFC just seemed like the most interesting place to do that.
Working in the labs and target areas with real scientists.
Having a project that I designed and built actually get used in an experiment.
It’s a very friendly environment in which to be constantly busy.
I’m very proud of how much my coding skill has improved here.
I like working here because I’m not just a student at Rutherford, I feel like I’m part of the team. I’m inspired by my colleagues and their dedication to the work. As for the benefits I value, probably the coffee shop just below my office.
To apply for our sandwich placements, you must be recognised and supported by your university.
You will also be eligible to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement (STFC will not apply for visa’s or permits to work on behalf of candidates).
We welcome students who are studying at university outside of the UK, so long as you meet the above criteria, and a representative from your University is able to visit the site during their placement. Please note that STFC will not reimburse travel costs to and from the UK for interview. Reasonable travel costs within the UK may be reimbursed.
Sandwich student vacancies are advertised from early September to late October, each year with interviews in November.
The Sandwich Student recruitment process is managed on behalf of STFC by the UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS). When the campaign opens you will be able to search for vacancies on TopCareer.jobs. Here you will be able to submit a CV and application form and track the progress of your application.
You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements.
If you have any difficulties applying for any of the vacancies please telephone 01793 867003. For all other queries, please email: SANDWICHSTUDENTS@stfc.ac.uk
Candidates will be selected for interview based on their application. Short-listed candidates may be invited to take part in an initial telephone interview. If successful, candidates will be invited to attend an interview at either Rutherford Appleton Laboratory or Daresbury Laboratory. Candidates will be expected to attend an interview for each project they have been short-listed for. The process will take up to half a day depending on how many interviews a candidate has been selected for. The interviews will be fairly informal and may include a small tour of the department. The successful candidate will then be made an employment offer.
Candidates will be selected based on their CV and Cover letter, some candidates will be invited to either a telephone or face to face interview.
Yes it does.
If you are hoping to graduate with a 2.1 or above in one of the following subjects; Mechanical, electrical, electronic, microelectronics, software engineering, physics, computer science, and are interested in starting your career working at the forefront of scientific research, you could be selected as one of our sponsored students, and receive a payment of up to £6K per annum for the rest of your course.
We are keen to recruit the very best students to join our award-winning graduate training scheme to work on exciting projects that will help to address the challenges facing our world.
To be considered for sponsorship you must work for us before graduating on one of our student schemes (vacation, sandwich or year in industry) and convince us that you have what it takes to succeed on our graduate scheme. If we like what we see, we will consider you for sponsorship for the remainder of your course. In return we will require you to work for us during at least one vacation each year (paid of course!), and to apply to join our graduate scheme during your final year. If we make you an offer of employment we will expect you accept it, and to work for us for a minimum of two years. Interested? Your journey starts here…