Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
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STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)

Experience more on your sandwich placement. Experience the unknown. Work with world leading scientists and engineers on real projects, supporting ground breaking research which will inspire, shape and define our future.

A world-class organisation

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a place where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering.

STFC is home to an incredibly diverse array of research, technology and engineering projects – and each one promises to fire the imagination. Our work is focused on Inspiring Impact – to make a real-world difference to people’s lives and the environment. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. From cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen-powered cars, energy generation to accident-scene emergency care, our impact is felt within and beyond the UK in many aspects of daily life.

STFC supports research, innovation and skills in particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics and space science through UK universities and participation in major international collaborations. We design, build, operate and exploit world-leading, large scale facilities in the UK for the physical and life sciences.

We want the very best people to help us deliver the very best science and engineering.

World leading research

Our amazing work means that we can offer you the opportunity to be part of something really special. Here you could help to discover new drugs or harness nanotechnology to create new clean fuels as part of the ISIS project, the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source.

You could help to recreate the cores of distant planets, detect gravitational waves, understand the 4th state of matter and develop the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. You could facilitate new breakthroughs at our state-of-the-art Central Laser Facility that uses the world’s most intense lasers, including one that is 10,000 times more powerful than the National Grid!

Unrivalled Sandwich Placements

Join us and you’ll broaden your experience on unique projects and have real responsibility becoming very much part of the team contributing to research projects or communicating our achievements to the world.

In 2018 we have opportunities within; Scientific Research, Engineering, Computing, Finance and Communications.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Latest Reviews

  • Software Engineer for Data Analysis Software

    STFC is a great place to work and the opportunities you are offered here are fantastic. Make sure to make full use of all the facilities and opportunities you are offered here! ...


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  • Scientific Software Engineer

    This is a really interesting site to work on, with a lot of really incredible work going on all over the campus. I got to work on a very well organised bit of open-source software which allowed me to ...


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  • Scientific Software Developer

    Being a placement student at Mantid which was nominated for Best No-for-Profit IT Project at UK IT Industry Awards 2015 comes with a pressure, but however no such pressure was felt and I enjoyed every ...


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Number of Placements Available This Year

2:1 (Two One)

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