STFC Online Work Experience programme Summer 2022

Each year at STFC, we are proud to run a highly successful work experience scheme for Year 10, 11. 12 and 13 students at schools based in the UK. For the summer 2022 programme the Daresbury Laboratory (DL) and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) work experience teams will be joining up to deliver online work experience provision for young people. Following on from the success of last year, we will once again be running the programme entirely online with a series of webinar sessions throughout the early summer and intensive one-week virtual project placements. Details on these can be found using the links below:

Programme Launch recording
Webinar Sessions
Virtual Project Placements
How to apply

Programme Launch

On 19 January 2022, the programme launched with a webinar providing details on the following topics:

  • Introduction to STFC and our UK laboratories
  • Important dates
  • Why do Work Experience?
  • Our programme  
  • Q&A

The recording to this zoom webinar can be found using the button below. The password to access this recording is: FA=11zs&

Webinar Sessions: information

All applicants to our programme will be able to access a series of webinars about STFC’s work, via tours, talks and career sessions. Students will have the opportunity to get involved in the interactive sessions and ask questions to panels of experts. These will take place between June and August and a timetable will be provided once applications have closed. Recordings will be made available to students after each session.

Virtual project placements: information

Students will work individually or in a small group with one or two supervisors on a project relevant to their interests and STFC, which will meet the relevant Gatsby benchmarks. The placements will last one week and be a mixture of independent working and supervisor led sessions. In addition to this, we will be providing other interactive online sessions to develop other core skills and highlight career paths and other areas of STFC. 

We understand that students will not necessarily have a quiet space in which to work or personal laptop to attend these placements. If you are successful in getting a placement, we will work with you to ensure that you are able to complete the placement successfully. 

These will take place on the following dates: 

  • Week 1: 27 June – 1 July  
  • Week 2: 11 – 15 July
  • Week 3: 18 – 22 July

Example Virtual Projects from 2021 can be found here.

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Example virtual projects from 2021 

Please note – these projects are examples projects from last year and will not necessarily be the offered projects for 2022.

  • Designing and collating website content 
  • Creating materials for science communication and social media including posts, case studies and posters 
  • Tracking particles using accelerator simulations and plotting data 
  • Working on a sentiment analysis program demo using jupyter notebooks 
  • Creating an art piece to raise awareness of experiments onsite  
  • Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data and new data analysis programmes to make sense of existing data and create graphs 
  • Building a temperature sensor circuit using an Arduino/Raspberry for use in an x-ray room 
  • Coding for LHC detectors 
  • Analysing LHC data 
  • Mechanical engineering: Challenges to design and model different aspects of experiments at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and ASTeC using CAD 
  • Analysing different radiation modelling techniques to determine their impact on satellites in specific orbits 
  • Thermal study of materials for space applications, using thermal properties measurements and material databases 
  • Simulation of crystal structures 
  • Catalysts – investigating molecular volumes, relevant numbers and arrangements in a zeolite pore
  • Analysis of ISIS synchrotron beam dynamics experiments and simulations, finding key properties of the machine and comparing it to existing models