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Computational Scientist Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

We are looking for a hardworking industrial placement student to join the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire! 

The successful candidate will help to deliver machine learning to optimise and control the performance of femtosecond laser systems.  

Looking to be supported during a placement? Support will be provided by scientists from the Femtosecond Lasers and Timing (FLT) Group; a team specialising in the development of laser, electronic and optoelectronic technology for particle accelerators! 

Throughout the placement you will see your work implemented in specialist FLT laboratory facilities, and work with real-time data generated by operational systems. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

  • Making machine learning models for optimisation and control, physics simulations, data analysis, fault prediction 
  • Generating software for data acquisition and device control 
  • Developing skills alongside machine learning specialists from across ASTeC 
  • Communicating work within ASTeC and contributing to the STFC Machine Learning for Accelerators Interest Group  

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • 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  
  • Studying towards a degree in a relevant subject area (e.g., Computer Science, Physics)  
  • Proficiency with scientific programming language including Python  
  • Understanding of machine learning techniques (e.g., neural networks, Bayesian optimisation)  
  • Understanding of signal processing techniques (e.g., Fourier transform)  
  • Demonstrable communication, organisation, and team-working skills
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills 

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 

You can also visit our careers site 

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  

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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