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Science Communications and Website Management Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is a leading centre of expertise in data-intensive science, and home to sophisticated high-performance computers. It is one of the largest departments of its kind with well over 200 computational scientists, software engineers and project support staff – and it is steadily growing as the demand for more research data management, storage and analytics increases! SCD supports some of the UK’s most advanced scientific facilities and provides the tools that enable the scientific community to discover and deliver vital research.  

Do you have a passion in both science communication and website design, development and maintenance? A major focus of this role to ensure the Scientific Computing Department’s website is updated and maintained. This will mean working with teams at all levels to create a website structure and new content that is suitable for a range of audiences. 

There will be opportunities to develop creativity and writing skills as well as working within a small team that plays a major role in promoting the technology and expertise we provide in support of national and international science through different channels. These include websites, internal newsletters, specialist and national media, conferences and exhibitions, and educational activities. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

  • Keep SCD's website updated, maintained and fit for purpose. This will include interaction and liaison with staff from across the council to develop and update content, to so that the website is accessible to all people and to make any layout changes that may be required 
  • Researching and presenting our science through written, verbal and visual channels 
  • Helping to plan and deliver a strong departmental presence at events, such as Supercomputing Conferences 
  • Supporting public engagement activities, such as coding with school children or helping with work experience students 

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 
  • GCSE English or equivalent  
  • Passion for science and science communication 
  • Passion for website development – both content and structural aspects  
  • Excellent writing skills  
  • Good organisational skills  
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  


  • A-levels or equivalent in Science and English 
  • Experience in website design  
  • Experience in graphic design, or video/audio production  
  • Experience in writing for different audiences 

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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