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Benefits and Conditions of a Fellowship

Eve Noya and Vicente Sanchez (CSIC, Spain) with Ivan da Silva (ISIS) during a GEM experiment at ISIS.
(Credit: STFC)

Fellows will be full employees of STFC or of Diamond, and as such will be entitled to the benefits that employees receive – general employment benefits are described in the STFC employment brochure. Fellows will be full members of the relevant STFC or Diamond department, and will be able to participate fully in the life of the department and organisation.

Science and Technology Opportunities

  • Opportunity to exploit relevant STFC department and facility technology and instrumentation in your research career.
  • Opportunity to gain experience more widely through use of other facilities and departments located on STFC sites. For example you may be focusing on using ISIS neutrons in your research, but a Fellowship would also give you opportunity to explore the relevance of the Diamond light source or laser studies to your work. A very broad range of techniques and equipment in the physical, chemical, engineering and biosciences is available.
  • Opportunity to interact with key scientists and engineers in your field who are based in STFC or Diamond.
  • Opportunity to interact with other key experts in your field through the large number of researchers who visit STFC sites, from the UK and from elsewhere in the world.
  • Departments have regular seminar series through which Fellows can expand their experience; departments also have training courses and workshops to further learn about techniques and research areas.
  • Fellowships provide funding to enable Fellows to attend subject conferences and workshops both in the UK and overseas.

Support Opportunities

Each Fellow will have a departmental supervisor who will guide and mentor you in your work. Alongside this, there will be a variety of other staff and visitors who you can discuss your work with. You will be part of a network of post-graduate and post-doctoral workers on STFC sites, and you will be encouraged to meet and discuss your experiences and to foster networking amongst researchers from different disciplines and different countries.

Training Opportunities

Joseph Payne from the Royal Mint preparing for an Engin-x experiment at ISIS.
(Credit: STFC)

Fellowships aim to develop your skills as a researcher. This will include:

  • Opportunities to present your work at departmental seminars and subject conferences.
  • Where appropriate and available, supervisors will encourage Fellows to be involved with the work of PhD students, in particular for Fellows to develop their own mentoring and supervision skills.
  • Where a project has possible commercial application, there will be the opportunity for a Fellow to receive advice, support and training from STFC Innovations staff. STFC Innovations are available to support researchers in identifying and exploiting possible commercial applications of their research.
  • A wide variety of training in transferable skills will be available for Fellows as part of STFC’s and Diamond’s regular training courses. STFC in-house training includes courses in mentoring, negotiation skills, business report writing, equality and diversity awareness, finance skills, creative thinking, influencing skills, interviewing, facilitation skills, PRINCE project management, presentation skills and others. Fellows will be encouraged to undertake a core training programme involving some of these areas.
  • Training in publicising and communicating research outcomes to a non-science audience. This will include writing your research up as highlights for a general audience and may also include public engagement activities such as giving tours of a relevant department or facility.

Remuneration package

Fellows will be full employees of STFC or the Diamond Light Source. According to experience, you will be paid on STFC Band D or Band E pay scale or the Diamond equivalent. For information about the current pay scales, please speak to your proposed STFC supervisor or email the RIFP co-ordinator. In addition, you will receive payments into a pension scheme and other benefits of employment. Each year, you will be able to use funds up to £1500 to support attendance at conferences and meetings, £200 to support attendance at other training events and £1800 to support other research costs.

For appointment at Band D, you are likely to be within a small number of years of having completed your PhD, and have a publication record and list of research outcomes which match this level of experience. You should be able to show how you intend to develop your own research programme. For appointment at Band E, you will be a more experienced researcher with a publication record, list of research outcomes and research reputation which reflects this, have already demonstrated development of a personal research programme, and you may have attracted other funding or fellowship awards.

Conditions of a fellowship

Fellowships are intended to provide researchers with the freedom to pursue their chosen project as they see fit. However, to help this process and to facilitate Fellows’ development and training, Fellows will be required:

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(Credit: Athena Swan)

  • To spend the majority of their Fellowship at their host department (unless otherwise agreed by the department in order, for example, to participate in experiments elsewhere) and to participate in the life of the department as fully as possible.
  • To work 100% of their time on their research and training activities. Fellows are not able to be involved in other H2020 projects, including RISE activities.
  • To produce a plan for their project and objectives for each year of their Fellowship with their supervisor.
  • To disseminate their research results through standard academic means such as conference talks and posters, and journal publications, and to acknowledge COFUND funding, together with their host STFC department or Diamond, in such outputs.
  • To demonstrate dissemination of their research to a non-technical (public) audience through activities such as writing general summaries of their research, giving tours or talks to members of the public, etc.
  • To produce a report near the end of their Fellowship detailing their activities and achievements, and to provide other material that may be needed for reports as part of the COFUND programme.
  • To abide by STFC’s and Diamond’s policies and procedures during their Fellowship.

STFC is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation. We are currently working towards an Athena Swan award to demonstrate and develop our commitment to gender equality.

Last updated: 24 July 2018


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