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Graduate Trainee – Programme Coordinator

Job Reference: (IRC242618)
Date Posted: 05 September 2017
Employer: Science and Technology Facilities Council
Location: Swindon
Salary: £26,297
Sector: Administration; Science & Technology; Education > University; Engineering > Management; Government & Defence > Government State, Policy Analyst / Advisor
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 October 2017

Job Description

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a whole new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

Programmes Directorate commissions and oversees the delivery of the STFC science programme in universities and its own laboratories.  Its role is to support the UK’s world class research programme in astronomy, particle physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics as well as STFC's programmes in education, Innovation, training and public outreach. For both established and new national and international projects, we are the trusted point of contact for many different stakeholders. Our dedicated teams ensure that, in an increasingly challenging financial environment, our funds are allocated to maximise the output and impact from our science programmes.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

As part of a team based in the STFC’s Programmes Directorate you will support meetings and events both internal and external, provide support to the subject teams in Programmes Directorate in the provision of peer review, management information and data and also in the delivery of programmes and schemes, such as the reporting and monitoring of awards. This will include preparation of background information concerning project management, finances and risk for panel members of peer review and oversight committees as well as general support for committee members.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interact effectively at all levels both in STFC and externally with the scientific community are essential. You will be capable of working effectively within a team environment and contributing to team motivation, as well as working with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will have a strong ability to think creatively, to take on responsibility for different tasks and to seek and accept change and continuous improvement. You should be able to demonstrate a high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals.

You should have an enthusiasm for the science we do and be able to demonstrate good analytical skills, as well as the ability to prioritise and organise work to meet deadlines.



  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.


  • background in science or engineering.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • good written and presentational skills
  • ability to act on own initiative
  • good analytical skills
  • ability to work effectively within a team environment and with minimal supervision
  • ability to plan, prioritise and work to deadlines
  • good negotiation skills.


  • effective management skills including organising and delegating work to meet deadlines 
  • good financial skills including managing budgets.

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society. You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

We offer 30 days leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s Career Pages by clicking APPLY NOW.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online by clicking APPLY NOW.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expect to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Rolling Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit our Graduate Page by clicking APPLY NOW.