Security and Resilience Graduate

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Job title: Security and Resilience Graduate

Job description: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £29,922 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Onsite Assessment Centre: Week commencing 22nd April 2024
Start: 20th May 2024, 15th July 2024 or 2nd September 2024

Do you see yourself working to protect one of the leading centres for advanced technology and scientific research in the UK?

Estates Services is a diverse department providing a wide range of professional streams to enable world-class science. Working at 7 STFC sites across the UK, our operations include construction of new buildings, maintaining and developing sites inside and out, providing services such as power and lighting, protective security measures and response to incidents.

Our security team are developing an excellent, friendly and supportive professional security network. By adopting practices from the UK Government’s leading security authorities and understanding the needs of our large & complex scientific environment we protect the amazing work at STFC. The Security team consists of a Head of Security, Site Security Managers, Security Officers and Reception staff. The team provides operational security and emergency services including visitor handling, site patrolling, incident response and much more. It also sets the standards for physical security measures and policies, and coordinates our emergency incident response capability.

We interact with everyone on our sites; more widely we work with the UKRI security functions, across Government and security agencies including the National Protective Security Authority and National Cyber Security Centre.

This graduate role will support developing a person in to a security and resilience professional through on-the-job training & experience. We will give exposure to senior staff and committees well beyond most graduate roles in UKRI. There is a very exciting and stimulating range of projects to be involved with including best practice approaches for security. They will lead small and medium size projects such a producing security assessments, delivering an objective in emergency planning, and other operational projects.

The STFC Graduate Scheme

The STFC Graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion early in your journey with us, supported by technical training and a broader programme of career support and training and development.

Our dedicated Early Careers Development Team will provide the right combination of challenge and support throughout, helping you achieve your ambitions. We know that professional recognition is also important to you too, so we will provide mentoring and expertise to help you achieve valued qualifications or chartered status in your chosen field.

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, an outstanding index linked pension scheme, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours.

For more information on our full list of benefits, please visit .

About the role

Responsibilities will include:

  • Reporting to the Head of Physical Security based at Harwell Oxfordshire, with a combination of learning and doing as we move through an exciting period of change and growth using the best UK security methods, joining up physical with cyber security and people.
  • Supporting implementation of the STFC Physical Security Strategy, integrating with the Corporate, Estates and UKRI Security & Resilience strategies
  • Developing security risk assessments and security measures to comply with the Government Physical Security Standards and using UK Government Security Best practice
  • Supporting the ongoing development of Site Emergency Plans, helping build capacity of people and equipment to keep us safe
  • Coordination of operational projects such as on site events, installation of new security equipment
  • Project management of security installations and contracted work at the appropriate level.
  • Attend cross UKRI and Cross-Government security meetings (representing STFC as required)
  • Personal and travel security advice for STFC
  • Engage in supported Professional Development in conjunction with The Security Institute
  • Management training will be offered, familiarisation with Facilities Management and the wider organisation, in line with the STFC graduate training scheme.

To apply for this graduate opportunity, we are looking for the following:


  • Achieved, or be on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant field of study
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of starting employment
  • Knowledge and interest in security and/or risk management theory
  • Ability to understand the business context and wider environment affecting security
  • Systematic and logical approach to problem solving
  • Knowledge of current affairs and common security threats in the media
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Prior experience with organising minor projects or activities in work, education or other groups
  • Intermediate or advanced skills with standard Microsoft software
  • Please note this role requires completion of national security vetting checks at SC level. To meet SC requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for 5 years prior to the date of application, serving overseas on UK official business, or living with a parent or spouse who was serving overseas on UK official business. If the residency requirement is not met, this may mean your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.
  • Further details can be found at:


  • Degree subject in security, resilience, criminology, law, risk management or security-related subject

Important information

Please note, we can only accept two applications per candidate.

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

We also hold the right to close this vacancy early if a sufficient number of applications have been received.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit

You can also visit our careers site

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

More information can be found at .

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit .

How we support EDI in the workforce

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit .

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

Expected salary: £29922 per year

Location: Rutherford, Scottish Borders – Harwell, Oxfordshire

Job date: Fri, 02 Feb 2024 08:54:30 GMT

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