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Graduate Architectural Assistant

Early Careers
210000WN Requisition #


Science and Technology Facilities Council


As a member of the Estates architectural design team, you will proactively support the team in delivering design and project work to tight deadlines, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary design and project management teams. 

Working alongside the architectural lead and architectural technologist you will be working on numerous projects from refurbishments to extensions to support the overall project delivery of the Estate.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Undertake a range of architectural duties, collaborating closely with a multi-disciplinary design team, project managers, suppliers and manufacturers and ensure the effective and timely delivery of projects.
  • Involvement in meetings, undertaking site visits, carrying out surveys and preparing records of existing buildings and sites.
  • Assist colleagues in the preparation of drawings, schedules, and specifications.
  • Carry out administrative tasks relevant to the production of architectural information such as issuing drawings, registers, meeting minutes and maintaining records on the network in relevant project folders.
  • Liaise in a clear, positive and effective manner with colleagues and clients.
  • Organise team CPD.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate offering enormous scope within a multi-disciplinary environment. Benefits include flexi working, RIBA Part 3 support, pension scheme, time off between Xmas and New Year, regular CPD and lots of opportunity to develop in an encouraging atmosphere. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors (RIBA Part 1) and a Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2) in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • RIBA Part qualified 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • Demonstrate strong design skills with attention to detail and enjoy problem solving. 
  • Have excellent organisation and good communication skills with a positive attitude towards learning and taking ownership of tasks.
  • A self-motivated team player who is efficient with time management, deadlines and workload and happy to work using their own initiative.
  • Have an interest in all aspects of the architectural process through every design stage from conception to completion involving surveying, drawing, detailing and collaboration to enable successful project delivery. 
  • Proficiency in Autocad is key, as the role will require producing drawings for all RIBA stages of works in Autocad. 
  • A good working knowledge of construction detailing and understanding of UK statutory building regulations. 
  • Familiarity with relevant construction health and safety legislation, risks and hazards. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft office suite.


  • Adobe photoshop and sketchup.
  • Professional membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Knowledge of Sustainability and its practical application.

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 

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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. 

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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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