Science Communication and Impact Sandwich Student - 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.

In the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) (), we research, develop and support leading edge scientific software and high-performance computational and data storage infrastructures to perform and support world class science. We have over 180 research software engineers, computational scientists and systems management staff who provide projects and services to make a real difference to the scientific communities we support. We help those communities to store and transfer research data from small to large scale and provide software to analyse, simulate, visualise and locate research data.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

Duties will include:
  • researching, writing and presenting Scientific Computing activities through a range of channels such as news articles, websites, reports and social media
  • event and exhibition design and support
  • keeping the SCD website up to date.
  • Given the importance of the impact agenda to future funding, by supporting the SCD Impact Manager you will make a significant contribution to the reputation and future of both SCD and STFC.
  • Within this role, additional opportunities may exist to take part in scientific computing developments

The role would suit someone with an interest in communicating contemporary science. You might be a science student wanting to switch into science communication or you might be a journalism student seeking to specialise in science.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your writing and presentation skills to promote Scientific Computing.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)

  • 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).

  • interest in science and technology (S&I)
  • experience of communicating science and IT in a concise and accessible style to different audiences (S&I)
  • experience of using of social media, websites and other media in support of a group/organisation (S&I)
  • excellent communication and presentation skills (S&I)
  • general PC skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office (S&I).

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

  • good organising skills (I)
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
  • good communication skills, able to influence people at all levels (I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (I).

Interview Date: 29th November 2018

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.

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