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STEM Public Engagement Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a state-of-the-art research centre which generates beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials, from aircraft components and ancient swords to superconductors and spider silk! As a world-leading research facility, ISIS has a key role to play in engaging with the public and inspiring young people with science and engineering. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

We seek a public engagement student to promote ISIS science and engineering to a range of audiences, including school students and the general public. You will join a group that plays a major role in communications and engagement at ISIS, promoting science and engineering through a range of channels. 

You will have a have a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). You will enjoy using and developing your presentation, organisational and creative skills to promote our science and engineering, and STEM subjects and careers, to a wide range of audiences through articles, education activities and events, including science fairs and festivals. Some events may be virtual. 

The role would suit someone studying for a science or engineering degree, interested in science communication and keen to encourage and engage with young people and the public. The candidate will be able to work well both individually and as part of a team and be interested in scientific areas and communicating that science to diverse audiences.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Researching and presenting our science and engineering through channels including events, activities, workshops and articles, to a range of audiences. 
  • Developing new, creative resources for scientists/engineers to take to festivals, fairs and schools, and for remote and online delivery 
  • Working with scientists and engineers to help deliver public engagement events 
  • Supporting other ISIS communication group activities 

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 
  • Studying Science, Engineering or Mathematics  
  • Science A-levels  
  • Keen interest or passion in science communication, schools and public engagement  
  • Excellent presentation skills, communication skills and good organisational skills 
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Be open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  


  • Enrolled on a degree course with a Public Engagement/Science Communication component  
  • Experience in STEM public engagement 

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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