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High Rep Rate Target Delivery Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Target Fabrication is a group within the Central Laser Facility that is responsible for providing complex targets for use in high-power laser experiments. These objects are at the focal point of high-intensity laser interactions and are made into complex geometries from novel materials. Target requirements are dependent on experimental requirements and vary broadly from one experimental campaign to the next; experiment topics span plasma physics and particle acceleration, laboratory astrophysics, and industrial applications opportunities.  

In order to create extreme environments the laser is focused to an interaction point comparable to the width of a human hair, the targets that are required have features of the same magnitude. New laser facilities such as EPAC require large numbers of targets and on this scale manufacture and quality control is extremely challenging.  

The group uses a wide range of physical and chemical processes, together with advanced characterisation techniques to deliver targets that meet the experiment’s requirements.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

The placement student in Target Fabrication will be tasked with the support and development of several key projects to deliver high repetition rate target solutions as the group has a key deliverable in the next 5 years of supporting high-repetition rate laser experiments; delivering thousands of batched produced targets to operations.  

To achieve this key capability the student will develop and maintain the tape target delivery system and manufacture novel targets on tape carriers in support of the ongoing development and delivery of such systems. In addition, the student will be involved in the research and development of solutions to deliver liquid based targets at high repetition rate in collaboration with engineers and physicists both at STFC and in universities and facilities in the UK and Europe.  

Additionally, the student will support the more general target delivery to the Central Laser Facility using a range of target manufacture and characterisation equipment.  


  • Core responsibility: 
    • Assembly and testing of the tape drive target delivery system and benchmarking targets for use in the laser areas 
    • Working with engineering and scientific teams to develop liquid target delivery systems
    • Integrating tape drive with existing manufacturing and assembly equipment within the Target Fabrication Group
  • Additional responsibilities:  
    • Contributing to the delivery program run by the team to support the CLF experimental program 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Ability to use 3D CAD software to create 3D objects. Examples of relevant software include, but are not limited to, Blender, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge  

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 
  • Knowledge of a range of manufacture techniques such as CNC and laser machining  
  • Ability to interpret and create engineering drawings, understanding of geometrical tolerancing  
  • Ability to use 3D CAD software to create 3D objects. Examples of relevant software include, but are not limited to, Blender, Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge  
  • Competent in communicating effectively across various groups  


  • Experience with Computational fluid dynamics modelling  
  • Experience in programming using MATLAB and Python 
  • Basic understanding of vacuum theory  
  • Experience in working within a cleanroom environment  
  • An understanding of the microscale and microfluidics 
  • Experience in automation and robotics 

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. 

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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