Salary: £19,404 Grade: UKRI-STU Contract Type: Fixed Term of (12 months) Hours: Full Time Closing Date: 27th October 2019 Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing: 25th November 2019
STFC - RAL Space - Millimetre-Wave Technology Industrial Placement
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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ. 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.
Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate 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.
STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.
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 and Chilbolton Group has a world-leading reputation in the development of millimetre-wavelength (Terahertz frequency) instrumentation for ground-based, aircraft and space applications in support of astronomy and atmospheric remote sounding experiments. It also undertakes atmospheric propagation studies for telecommunication and weather monitoring purposes. The Group has a staff base of approximately 50 with very considerable expertise in component and system design and fabrication, and very extensive development facilities that also incorporate the STFC Chilbolton Observatory.
Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
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.
This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual. The successful candidate will be expected to be responsible for accurate instrument data collection, and maintaining an excellent standard of laboratory documentation. She/he will also be expected to work in a laboratory environment and adhere to appropriate health and safety requirements.
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. 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.
Criteria be assessed at Shortlisting (S), 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) * Undertaken a first 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 and interpreting data (I) * Good written and verbal communication and presentation skills (S&I).
* Knowledge of microwave engineering (S&I) * Knowledge and interest in of Earth observation or radio astronomy and instrumentation (S&I) * Knowledge of programming languages (S&I) * Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word,PowerPoint and Excel) (S&I)
This role may require occasional travel within the UK and possibly overseas.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
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STFC Industrial Placement Application form
To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.
You can apply for up to two Industrial Placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.
Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th– 28th of November 2019
As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.
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