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Graduate Scientific Engineer - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The STFC Cryogenics and Magnetics Group is under the Applied Science Division of the Technology Department.  The Technology Department, which is under the National Laboratories Directorate, provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects.  The Cryogenics and Magnetics Group provides world leading cryogenic and engineering solutions in support of space-based and ground-based cosmology, astronomy and Earth observation, and also superconducting magnets in support of international particle physics experiments at accelerators and light sources.  The group works very closely with international research institutes, such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and CERN, and also with international aerospace organisations such as Thales Alenia Space and Airbus.

The group is at the forefront of the development of miniature closed cycle cryocoolers for space applications, with a wide variety of projects in support of ESA missions such as ARIEL (characterisation of exoplanets), and ATHENA (evolution of cosmological structure and black holes) and also the emerging quantum technologies such as Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors.  The mission involvement is built upon basic research and development in cryocooler technology which brings together a wide range of engineering and scientific disciplines.  The group is also at the forefront of conventional and superconducting magnet design spanning a large variety of applications from very large magnets in support of particle physics experiments, such as MICE (Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment), the ATLAS experiment at CERN, as well as smaller very high precision magnets such as undulators on accelerator light sources (CLARA/DIAMOND) and very high field homogeneity magnets for trapped ion based quantum computers.

The successful candidate would have the opportunity to be involved in all of these work streams.  The primary duties would be to support with the analysis and design of ongoing and new projects, although involvement in all aspects of project work is encouraged, through design, manufacture, assembly, integration and test.  These activities take place both in the group’s own facilities and at collaborators’ sites across the UK and the rest of Europe.

The position is suitable for candidates from degree level physics based or engineering based disciplines, with sufficient technical knowledge to be able to assimilate and connect the multi-disciplinary nature of the work.  Prior or background knowledge or experience of cryogenics and magnetics or detailed knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics, superconductivity, electrostatics/dynamics, fluid dynamics, mass and heat transfer is not essential but would be advantageous; acquisition of knowledge in these areas would be expected as an ongoing part of the role.

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:   

  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to apply original thinking to find innovative solutions to engineering problems encountered as part of the role.
  • Candidates should demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills in order to prepare written reports and to present and answer technical questions in a succinct manner on behalf of STFC.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Technical knowledge of  thermodynamics, mechanics, superconductivity, electrostatics/dynamics, fluid dynamics, mass and heat transfer
  • Ability to assimilate and connect the multi-disciplinary nature of the work


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

Online applications only 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

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