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Responsibility:
3.3/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.8/5
 
Company Culture:
4.2/5
 
Career Progression:
3.2/5
 
Colleagues:
4.4/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.2/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.8/5
 

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Application Advice:

Take an active interest in the science done by STFC.

Software Developer, ISIS Computing at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Be yourself!

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Application Advice:

Make sure you know what you're talking about.

Electronics Engineer, ISIS Accelerator Diagnostics Development at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself for the interview. The assessment centre is two days long so we want to be sure that the person we see at the interview is the same as the one who will be working here everyday. Don't be afraid to show some relevant work during the technical interview. If it's something you're passionate about then it gives an idea of your dedication.

Space Systems Engineer, Space Systems at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Application is through a cover letter and a CV, so make sure both are tailored to the job.

Interview Advice:

There are technical interviews and personality interviews, they aren't too scary and it's okay not to know an answer as long as you can explain your thinking or what you would need to know in order to answer a question fully. Being aware of what you don't know is a skill, because nobody knows everything.

Spacecraft Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Application is just to upload a CV and covering letter, which makes things a lot less time consuming than with other employers. Make clear your interest in science and engineering and what you've done/been involved with in the past that highlights this. Make sure to complete every step of the assessment process properly.

Interview Advice:

Phone interview (in some cases,) followed by standard assessment centre format which includes:
- Group Task
- Verbal & Numerical Reasoning
- Competency Interview
- Oral Presentation
- Technical Interview

Be honest if you don't know the answer to a question but let them know your educated guess, or train of thought if it's a problem you are asked to solve.

Use the technical questions you are asked in the phone interview as a basis for what you will be asked in the technical interview at the assessment centre, make sure you know the basics of your subject and the field the job role is within and revise accordingly.

Electrical/Electronic, ISIS Neutron & Muon Source at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Look at the job role advert and write your application relating directly to the qualities they ask for in this.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre usually involves; a group exercise, ability tests, technical and personality interviews.

These are nothing to worry about as they are fairly informal.

Atmospheric Data Scientist, Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Interview Advice:

I attended an assessment centre that was made up of a group activity, a technical interview, and a personality interview.

The technical interview focused on object orientated principles and software development methodologies.

Software Engineer, Facilities Business Applications at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Show an enthusiasm for science and a good technical knowledge.

Graduate Software Developer, Instrument Controls at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Research the company and the projects carried out.

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Application Advice:

Mention your interests within the science industry and be honest.

Interview Advice:

Ask as many questions as possible and make yourself heard during the group tasks. The interviews are not there to catch you out, they're just to see how much you know and what you don't know so be honest.

Electrical Deisgn Engineer, Electrical Design Division at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

A keen interest in the subject area you are applying for is a must. A university project/dissertation on a topic relevant to your job role goes a long way.

Interview Advice:

The recruitment process is made up of two interviews. One personal/personality interview with the standard 'Can you give an example of a time when' style questions. The second will be a technical interview on the subject area you have applied for.

The interviewer needs to see somebody they can picture working with.

For example, my role as a optical engineer I was asked about some of the underlying physics of optics and a few equations.

Optical Design Engineer, Optical systems Engineering at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Don't put stuff on your CV you can't talk about. Keep it brief and preferably checked with a technical member of staff.

In your covering letter give relevant examples of projects you're involved in/have been involved in that demonstrate your potential value as a prospective employee.

Interview Advice:

The interview consists of SHL tests, a team interview and a technical interview. Don't come unprepared. Practice SHL tests online, review first and second year material relevant to the position you're applying.

It's important to show interest, be inquisitive since the interview is also an opportunity to learn more about the environment you might be working in. You're not expected to know much about these things so don't be afraid to ask!

Graduate Microelectronic Engineer, Microelectronic Support Centre at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Apply if you genuinely want to be a part of the scientific community, and want to contribute. If money is a motivator for you, then science might not be the best option.

Interview Advice:

Be honest.

Diagnostics Physicist, Particle Beam Diagnostics at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Show all relevant detail such as past experience.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic and demonstrate good knowledge.

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Application Advice:

Be able to talk about any project you have worked on in a top down way. I.e. have excellent knowledge of the whole system and have a good knowledge of each of the individual segments.

Interview Advice:

Take along some relevant university work. If the work happens to rely on the integration of different sub systems, even better.

Also be prepared for a two day assessment centre. The main aspect is the technical interview, this is where you can demonstrate you have the technical knowledge to do the job. The rest of the two days is to see whether you have the right personal skills to work well with colleagues.

Systems Engineer, Systems at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Do some research on what the company actually does as most people haven't heard of STFC. Show interest in the work the company do.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre is okay alothough it is quite long. For me it included tests, group activities, numerous talks throughout, tours, technical interview, personality interview, presentation and lots of opportunities to meet staff you'd be workling with so try to ask as many questions as possible.

Graduate Electrical Design Engineer, Electrical Design Division at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

The same advice for applying to any role. Read the requirements and address them in your cover letter.

Graduate Spacecraft Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Interest in general science is far more important than an amazing degree, partly as the work we do can be unique.

Interview Advice:

The interview is a large assessment centre, they are looking for more than technical competence.

Software Engineer, at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Interview Advice:

The assessment centre gives candidates a real insight into the organisation. Take the opportunity to talk to lots of current graduates and question them about their own experiences.

Project Manager, Electronics at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Don't worry about the interview process, everyone (including the interviewers) are just as nervous as you are! Relax and learn from the experience. Prepare by reading the information about your department on the website.

Interview Advice:

I work in the Centre for Environmental Data Archival (CEDA) at STFC so I was mainly asked about how best to organise file directories and some technical questions about meteorology/climatology. Make sure you understand the job requirements stated on the application as this is mainly what the questions are based around. Be honest, if you don't know an answer say so, but then say that you'd guess it to be 'this..' or say that you'd be interested to find out.

Also... remember/find out what NERC stands for! The question that I stumbled over!!

Assistant Data Scientist, RAL Space/CEDA at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Research the company and in particular the area you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Answer questions in STAR format.
Remember that you are constantly being assessed at the assessment centre, even during the evening dinner!

Mechanical Engineer, Technology at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Tweak your CV to suit the role your applying for.

Interview Advice:

Be passionate about your subject.

Information Systems Engineer, CICT at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Make sure your passion is clear from the application.

Interview Advice:

Other than the typical HR questions, you have to do a 5 min presentation on a non-technical subject. The technical interview will cover basic stuff, e.g. for my role, OP-amp circuits and their function, low pass, high pass filtering, and digital circuits.

Graduate Microelectronics Engineer, Microelectronics at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Try to emphasise your scientific knowledge, particularly physics, as a basic understanding of some science is useful and is not necessarily something that every applicant has so it will help you stand out.

Make sure you have some knowledge and experience of working on Linux systems.

Interview Advice:

Familiarise yourself with programming concepts such as Semaphores, Linkers, Object Files, etc.

Even if you don't know the answer to a question try to make an educated guess based on what you DO know. A lot of the job involves not actually knowing the answers but requires you to have the right mindset to figure them out (problem solving).

Control Systems Engineer, Control Systems Engineering at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Be honest.

Interview Advice:

Try your best to answer the questions. Take your time. If you don't know the answer to something, just say so.

Mechanical Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Ensure you understand what skills the roles require and that you have interest and ideally experience in that area

Interview Advice:

I was asked about opamps -low pass high pass filters, basic digital blocks, basic knowledge of electronics

Graduate Microelectronics Engineer, Microelectronics at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Write a specific cover letter and tailor your CV.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and ask questions. In the interview if you don't know something admit it and work with the help they have given you, they are not testing for how you remember stuff but how your mind works.

Mechanical Design Engineer, at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Get your application in early. The application process at STFC starts earlier than most other graduate employers.

Interview Advice:

Do a bit of background reading about current events in the field that you will be working in. Have a look at news articles for example.

Cryogenic Engineer, Cryogenics at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Don't worry about hitting every requirement of the advert, as long as you are sure in ability and willingness to learn.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Scientific computing graduate trainee, Scientific computing at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Application Advice:

Show that you want to learn and you want to develop yourself, technically etc.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, if you don't know, say that - don't try to waffle your way through questions you don't know the answer to - they don't want people who don't give straight answers.

Mechanical Engineer, RAL Space at Science and Technology Facilities Council
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