8 months ago
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019
STFC - CLF - High power laser applications investigator - Industrial Placement
STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.
STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.
The Central Laser Facility based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world leading, cutting edge research department containing high power lasers, Vulcan and Astra Gemini, as well as materials sciences and life sciences groups using medium and low power lasers. Researchers from the UK, EU and other countries world-wide come to use our facilities to carry out experiments requiring high power lasers on a variety of applied and blue skies topics, such as ion source development for medical application, fusion mechanisms for energy, x-ray source development for ultra-fast imaging, laboratory astrophysics, photo-induced nuclear reactions, to name a few.
A placement positions working within the High Power Laser (HPL) Target Area teams alongside our visiting scientists are being offered, with an emphasis on participation in, as well as planning and support of, high power laser-plasma interactions experiments. In addition there will be several short and long term projects based on both diagnostic development and implementation.
Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
From the outset, our research scientist will be tasked with developing techniques to find the optimum laser conditions for coupling a diode pumped laser driven system with matter or plasma, and for momentum transfer and developing diagnostic techniques. This concept is of fundamental physical interest to many fields of laser matter interaction, but also has many real word applications such orbital space debris removal. Our field is one that is quickly evolving, and your research will be based on applying the latest published research to current state of the art laser facilities.
To investigate this, you will have the ability to develop analytic models for our physical understanding of the mechanism and will have access to numerical simulation codes and modest computational resources. Should suitable laser time become available, you will have the opportunity to plan for an experimental investigation on a high power laser system and potentially conduct one, where they will field diagnostics, which they will collaborate on developing to investigate the new ablation techniques they identify. You will also be responsible for developing analysis algorithms for the experimental data in Matlab or Python for example.
You will have the opportunity to identify possible paths forward for the research as the project evolves. We therefore require you to be motivated, with a strong interest in applying their individual and obtained knowledge to drive the research project forward. This is an opportunity to become a fully active team member in our research group, and to contribute to a fast growing research field.
Contacts and Communication
The position is in a team environment working directly with researchers and PhD students in the Experimental Science group, as well as target area teams and external researchers from mostly UK/EU universities.
UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
Criteria to be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)
* 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 (S)
* Right to live and work in the UK. (S)
* Studying for a degree in physics, applied physics, engineering physics, or natural sciences with high physics content (S&I)
* Degree to contain lab work modules (and have achieved good grades to date overall) (S&I)
* Good understanding of basic physics concepts (optics, electromagnetism, lasers) (I)
* Good practical laboratory skills (this will be tested by a simple practical exercise). (I)
* Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (I)
* The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
* Good communication skills (I)
* Programming skills/interest in programming (S)
* Appreciation /awareness of Health and Safety. (I)
This role will involve working in tight spaces where access is restricted and will involve standing for extended periods. Successful candidates will also be required to ware personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, glove and a face mask.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.
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STFC Industrial Placement Application form
To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.
You can apply for up to two Sandwich student placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.
Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th – 28th of November 2019
As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.
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