Life at Harwell

Harwell has a thriving community and offers an incredible quality of life. We are rapidly expanding the amenities on campus to support our vision of being a 21st century science and innovation city. Harwellians can access friendly sports clubs, fantastic food, independent retailers, versatile conference and event venues and a broad spectrum of campus-wide events. 


Satellite Applications Catapult

The Satellite Applications Catapult is currently recruiting individuals who would like to work in an evolving, innovative and forward-thinking organisation. We are at the heart of the satellite services revolution, driving take-up of space technology and applications to shape, and sustain, the world of tomorrow.

For registered students there are summer placements
through the SPIN programme supported by the UK Space
Agency. SPINterns receive wider training and participate in networking, poster and pitch activities and a showcase event. More info.


Diamond Light Source

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines. The machine accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’.

Diamond offers Work Experience placements (ages 14-18), apprenticeships, Year in Industry and Summer placements (undergraduates) and PhD studentships here.


European Space Agency

Joining the European Space Agency means becoming part of a team of passionate professionals from more than 22 countries, working together in a diverse, friendly and international environment. Our objective is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone, achieved through pioneering work on inspiring missions and unique space projects.

Discover more about careers at ESA, as well as our Entry-Level
Programmes for students, recent graduates and early-career
professionals here or go directly to our vacancies page.
Find your path to space and launch your career at the
European Space Agency.


Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell

Scientists at MRC Harwell have written some of the most important pages in the history of mouse genetics over the last 70 years. As the hub of the new MRC National Mouse Genetics Network, the Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell is at the heart of a vast web of multidisciplinary teams of scientists and clinicians working on preclinical models of human disease. Working with us you would be immersed in some of the most exciting biomedical science projects
currently active in the UK and have access to world-class training opportunities. We also offer engineering and HR apprenticeships and a work experience programme.

For more information click here to visit our website.

Nuclear Waste Services

Our mission is to ensure we protect people and the environment both now and for thousands of years into the future. There’s more than 4 million cubic metres of waste still to be recovered and treated, comprising more than 1,300 different streams of radioactive waste.

Our people are our greatest asset in realising this mission and here at NWS you and your skills will be valued and respected.

You’ll be part of a team that bring together some of the most brilliant minds from around the UK, working across many specialism’s, including scientific, engineering, safety, operations, commercial, community engagement and regulatory. You could be involved in developing one is the most significant infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen.

For details on upcoming early career opportunities please
visit our website here.


UKRI - Science and Technology Facilities Council

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, is home to teams of scientists, engineers, innovators, technicians, computer scientists, communicators and support staff who work on some of the most exciting experiments in the world. There are lots of ways to join our team at RAL, or just find out more about what we do:

· Free events for schools and the public: Click here to email and find out more

· Work experience (Years 10-13)

· We offer apprenticeships, student placements and
graduate programmes, as well as other opportunities,
which can be found here.

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