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🚀 Internship

High-Energy Laser Scientist – Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The candidate must be an enrolled undergraduate student eligible for an industrial placement, able to work in the UK, with predicted 2:1 grades. They should possess problem-solving and time management skills, demonstrate enthusiasm for lasers and excellent communication abilities, and have experience in laboratories, lasers/optics, computer software, and data analysis.
  • The High-Energy Laser Scientist – Industrial Placement will take on a leading role in assigned projects, support scientists in experiments, improve laser systems, learn and develop software skills, run experiments, and collaborate with other departments within the organization.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science


Apply by Oct 29


  • Would you like to join a world record-setting team, working at the cutting edge of laser science?
  • We are the Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications, the research and development arm of STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF). We developed the record-breaking, high-energy laser amplifier technology known as DiPOLE. Using DiPOLE technology, we designed and built the world’s first kilowatt-level, high-energy, diode-pumped solid-state laser producing pulses in excess of 100 J at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. We have now built four DiPOLE lasers, operating at increasingly high repetition rates and pulse energies, and have installed them in world-leading European research facilities.
  • The first prototype DiPOLE laser we built is housed in our labs at the CLF. It operates at the 10 J, 10 Hz level and is a valuable experimental platform to test new technologies for developing our lasers and exploring new applications for DiPOLE lasers. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to be involved in projects using the DiPOLE prototype laser as well as leading their own unique research project that will directly contribute to both existing and future DiPOLE lasers.
  • Research projects typically involve the development of new optical setups, integration of automated components and testing and installation of new components into DiPOLE lasers. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to be actively involved with the development, operation and testing of the cutting-edge high-energy lasers under development.
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  • Essential:
  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course
  • Are required or have requested to take an industrial placement year
  • Able to commence employment in summer 2024
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Predicted grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently
  • Enthusiastic about lasers
  • Effective communication skills
  • Works well in a team
  • Responsible approach to health and safety
  • Desirable:
  • Experience working in a laboratory
  • Experience with lasers / optics
  • Experience using computer software to model or control systems
  • Experience with data analysis
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Education requirements

2:1 or higher
Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • This industrial placement is with a small and diverse team. You will be working directly with CALTA scientists and CLF engineers and will be involved in a variety of different activities such as:
  • Leading your own assigned project, under the guidance of a Technical Manager, where you will have direct influence over the outcomes;
  • Supporting world-renowned scientists and playing an active role in innovative experiments by helping to identify and solve problems as they occur;
  • Developing techniques to improve DiPOLE lasers for safe operation at higher energies and repetition rates, both on your own and as part of a team;
  • Learning how to operate lasers; cryogenic systems; and vacuum systems in a clean room environment;
  • Learning and developing computer modelling software skills;
  • Running experiments, analysing data and reporting your findings to the team, and other placement students, via written reports and presentations;
  • Networking by attending local conferences and collaborating with other departments within CLF.
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29