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Artemis Group Ultrafast Laser Scientist Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists.  

Artemis is the CLF’s facility for ultrafast laser and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) science, and carries out a variety of experiments from gas-phase chemistry to materials science. The facility is based on high repetition rate, tuneable laser sources and ultra-short pulses of XUV radiation, connected by vacuum beam-lines taking the pulses to interaction chambers. Experiments on Artemis aim to use XUV pulses to track the evolution of electronic states in dissociating molecules, or during phase changes in advanced materials such as graphene. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

A placement position working within the Artemis Group alongside staff and visiting scientists is being offered, with an emphasis on ultrafast science by using extreme ultraviolet laser pulses. Training will be provided to work with state-of-art ultrafast lasers, various optics, large-scale vacuum systems, advanced instrumental control and data analysis. Together with staff scientists and engineers, this opportunity will be helping visiting scientists and students from UK and European research groups on setting up experiments and solving problems as they occur. Working on specific projects both independently and as part of the team to help develop the facility will be included. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  

Essential:  

  • 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  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • First two years of degree course in physics, chemistry or a closely related subject, with grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher  
  • A-level Maths or equivalent  
  • A-level Physics or equivalent  
  • GCSE English or equivalent  
  • Experimental physics, chemistry or closely related laboratory course 
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science to solve problems  
  • Understanding relevant fundamental principles from their university course  
  • Highly motivated  
  • Able to work independently  
  • Able to work as part of a team  
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Good problem-solving skills  
  • Responsible approach to health and safety  

Desirable:  

  • A-level Chemistry or further Maths  
  • Computer programming skills  
  • Experience working in a research or laboratory environment 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, 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. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive 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/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 


About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  


How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’


Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

 
How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. 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 an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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