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Graduate Programme Coordinator

Early Careers
210000W1 Requisition #


Science and Technology Facilities Council


The Programmes Directorate is responsible for the development of the science and technology strategy for STFC, for turning this strategy into detailed programme delivery plans and for overseeing delivery of the programme against these plans. The Programme Support Group manages and coordinates administrative activities for the Programmes Directorate. The group will deliver efficiencies and smooth peaks and troughs and be able to more readily respond to ad-hoc activities within the Directorate. The Programme Support Group will also provide focus for ensuring consistency and best practice for activities within scope of the group.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities
The Programme Support Group is responsible for providing support and administrative functions to the STFC Programmes Directorate. This includes:

  • Secretariat support for Science Programme advisory, peer review and other meetings including compiling agendas, preparation and distribution of meeting papers 
  • Organising and supporting internal and external meetings
  • Project support
  • Event management 
  • Travel bookings
  • Maintaining web pages and extranet sites 
  • Processing expenses and invoices
  • Contributing to development of processes and procedures
  • Handling enquiries and other general administration requirements
  • Work collaboratively with Programme Support Group colleagues to manage the workload across the team.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact effectively at all levels both in STFC and externally with the scientific community. You will be capable of working effectively within a team environment and contributing to team motivation, as well as working with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will have an ability to think creatively, to take on responsibility for different tasks and to seek and accept change and continuous improvement. You should be able to demonstrate a high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals.

You should have an enthusiasm for the science we do and be able to demonstrate good analytical skills, as well as the ability to prioritise and organise work to meet deadlines. 

In order to apply for this role you have:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Intergated Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within a team, and deal with both internal and external contacts 
  • Strong planning, organisational and analytical skills 
  • Good prioritisation skills 
  • Good oral and written communication skills.


  • Effective management skills including organising and delegating work to meet deadlines
  • Experience of working across multiple teams 

Please note that we will close this position early should we receive enough applications. Please apply sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.


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. 

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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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