Public Engagement 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.

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading research centre which generates beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials, from superconductors and soaps, to aircraft components and ancient swords. As a world-leading research facility, ISIS has a key role to play in engaging with the public and inspiring young people with science and engineering.

We seek a public engagement student to play a full role in promoting ISIS science and engineering to a range of audiences, including school pupils and general public. You will join a team that plays a major role in the life of the facility, promoting science and engineering through a range of channels including websites, specialist and national media, events, exhibitions and education activities.

You will have a have a passion for contemporary science and technology and will enjoy using and developing your presentation, organisational and creative skills to promote our science and engineering to a wide range of audiences through articles, education activities and events, including science fairs and festivals.

The role would suit someone studying for a science or engineering degree, interested in science communication and keen to engage with and inspire young people and the public. The candidate must be able to work well both individually and as part of a team, and be interested in a wide range of scientific areas and how science impacts on society.

  • researching and presenting our science and engineering through a range of channels, including events, activities and articles in education magazines, to a range of audiences
  • developing outreach resources for scientists/engineers to take to science festivals and schools
  • working with scientists and engineers to help deliver events
  • supporting other ISIS communication team activities.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) 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)
  • enrolled on an undergraduate degree course in Science, Engineering or Mathematics (S)
  • Science A-levels (S)
  • keen interest in science and science communication (S&I)
  • excellent presentation skills (I)
  • good communication skills (S&I)
  • good organisational skills (S&I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I)
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S&I).

  • enrolled on a degree course in Science, Engineering or Mathematics, with a Public Engagement/Science Communication component (S)
  • experience in STEM outreach (S&I).

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 November 2018

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