Sandwich Student Placement - Millimetre - Wave Group - Placement

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
09 Oct 2018
06 Nov 2018
Start Date
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations. We're trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we're driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. 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.

RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is part of STFC and at the forefront of UK Space Research. We carry out an exciting range of world-class space science and technology development with significant involvement in over 210 space missions. Our 240 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC and the wider UK Research and Innovation Research Councils, as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.

The Millimetre-wave Technology Group has a world-leading reputation in the development of millimetre-wavelength (Terahertz frequency) instrumentation for ground-based, aircraft and space applications, and in support of astronomy and atmospheric remote sounding experiments. The Group has a staff base of approximately 50 with very considerable expertise in component and system design, and fabrication, and also incorporates the STFC Chilbolton Observatory.

You will be expected to work on a range of Group projects that include instrumentation development for ground-based, airborne and spaceflight experiments. This will typically necessitate working on the development of passive and active (radar) experimental instrumentation for Earth observation.

Key duties will include:
  • assisting group staff with establishing related experimental set-ups
  • performing device and system test and measurement
  • assisting with system integration
  • and undertaking system performance data analysis.
  • Where relevant, the student may also be called upon to assist with instrument deployment in the field.

You will be expected to be responsible for accurate instrument data collection, and maintaining an excellent standard of laboratory documentation. They will also be expected to work in a laboratory environment and adhere to appropriate health and safety requirements.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

  • 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 (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • studying for a degree in either physics or electrical engineering (S)
  • excellent standard of practical work (S&I)
  • exhibit a good attention to detail and with a careful approach towards preforming measurements. (S&I)
  • excellent writing and oral presentation. (S&I)
  • enthusiasm and dedication. (I)
  • an ability to work in a team and to communicate with others (I)

  • knowledge of microwave engineering (S&I)
  • knowledge/interest in of Earth observation and/or radio astronomy (S&I)
  • ability to undertake occasion travel within the UK and possibly overseas (I)
  • knowledge of programming languages. (S&I)
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point and Excel) (S)

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at .

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world.

Interview Date: 27th - 29th of November 2018

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