Opportunities at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

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  • Research facilities

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Are you interested in science or engineering? Perhaps you have recently graduated and are dreaming about an exciting STEM career or you may be an experienced professional who is looking for the next challenge at the cutting-edge of science, technology and engineering? Would you like to join a vibrant, multicultural and multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers working towards solutions to some of the grand challenges we face – such as health, environment, energy and security? If so, then we have a range of exciting opportunities for you at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.

As a key part of RAL, the CLF is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state of the art laser technology.  The CLF has around 180 staff and its function as a user facility for international research makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing environment.  It has a welcoming and inclusive culture, and you will find that people will naturally help and support you.

The CLF is building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) and is seeking new team members to help to build this and to contribute to our existing facilities. EPAC is an £81M facility that will use lasers developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry. We are looking for people like you, scientists and engineers at all stages of their career to be a part of our friendly and enthusiastic team.

We currently have a number of exciting scientific opportunities available, please visit www.topcareer.jobs and use the job reference to find out more.
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  • Laser and Optics Technician (Job Ref: IRC250557)
  • Experimental Scientist for High Power Laser (HPL) facilities (Job Ref: IRC250529)
  • Detector Scientist (Job Ref: IRC251001)
With more engineering and professional support roles coming up soon, please do visit our website or contact us on Karen.foster@stfc.ac.uk or hannah.houlbrooke@stfc.ac.uk to find out more.

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world. RAL is home to around 1,200 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society.
STFC is an award winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work – there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent.  RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve.  Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, as well as onsite social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

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