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Accelerator Physicist Graduate - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is home to several of the UK’s largest national science facilities. One of these – the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source – is based around a powerful proton accelerator. ISIS’s world-renowned Intense Beams Group is now developing a radically new particle accelerator that will enable a massive increase in beam power over the current facility. Further, the new technology has applications as diverse as high energy, medical and nuclear physics and the group is actively developing these applications.

Summary of Key Duties 

The successful candidate will become a world expert in particle accelerators. They will learn the theoretical and practical underpinnings of particle accelerators. They will collaborate with colleagues in ISIS, the UK and beyond in the development of novel particle accelerator equipment and techniques.

  • Develop novel modelling capabilities for particle accelerators.
  • Perform computational simulations to understand, improve or design new accelerator components.
  • Contribute to the design, construction and installation of new particle accelerator equipment.
  • Take responsibility for commissioning and operating a wide variety of equipment.
  • Present technical reports and papers both internally and to international collaborators.
  • Professionally represent STFC’s work to the public, key stakeholders and international partners.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have: 

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Essential Criteria:    

  • Expect to receive or have received a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Ability to gain understanding of electromagnetism and the motion of particles moving through electromagnetic fields.
  • Ability to work individually and in a team to solve complex problems.
  • Imagination and flexibility, with a willingness to try new things.
  • The ability to present results and findings to colleagues, both in written and oral reports.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with computer programming or related numerical techniques, ideally in a scientific environment  
  • Experience working with electronics or laboratory equipment
  • Previous experience in a technical or research environment
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally
  • Experience in experimental techniques 
  • High level of mathematical ability 
  • Understanding of electromagnetism 
  • Confident, self-motivated and independent thinking. 
  • Interested in and having knowledge of particle accelerators 
  • Able to travel, for example to conferences 
  • Well written covering letter


The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. 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.

For more information about STFC, please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

How to Apply

Only online applications are accepted for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine organisations 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 www.ukri.org.

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