STEM Employability

Discover all things Employability coming up!

Empfest 2021 – Division Of Natural Sciences Symposium

What have you considered getting involved or a career in……?

When: Wednesday 13th October 2021
Time: 2pm-5pm

What is on: schedule

How do you tune in: Click here at 2pm


Cogent Skills for Science Industries

Potential placement positions for students.

Closing date: 22nd October 2021

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Placements with JDE (Kenco Coffee)


“Everyone deserves the coffee they love.”


Which role is right for me?

Role: Manufacturing Process Engineering – Banbury
Subjects: Chemical Engineering or similar technical degree
Day-to-day: The process intern will support the ongoing process engineering of the coffee manufacturing process at the Banbury plant. The role will work alongside process engineers within the process improvement team to learn the skills needed to manage projects, trials and small installations while leading their own projects. Responsibilities also include daily tracking of key production data to identify opportunities for improvement, allowing the opportunity for project scoping and the creation of standards. In daily work and project delivery it will be key to drive safety, and quality, and to apply continuous improvement methods.


Role: Manufacturing Packing – Banbury
Subjects: Mechanical Engineering or similar engineering degrees
Day-to-day: Across your placement, you will have the opportunity to work on multiple improvement projects with various departments to make JDE Packing a more efficient, cost-effective and safe workplace. You will be immersed in every aspect of coffee packing and will be supported in any continuous improvement/development opportunities


Role: R&D Pilot Plant/Product Development – Banbury
Subjects: Chemical Engineering or similar degree
Day-to-day: The Pilot Plant Team are responsible for developing new process test equipment to deliver innovation and growth across all JDE manufacturing locations. The Pilot Plant is a largely automated facility with a broad range of equipment for roast coffee, instant coffee, capsules, dairy and liquids processing. The role is ideally suited to a Chemical Engineer and includes an excellent mix of practical work, operation of process equipment as well as design and purchasing of new equipment.


Role: R&D Roasting Fundamentals – Banbury:
Subjects: Chemical Engineering or a similar Scientific subject
Day-to-day: This placement sits in Research and Development and within the Pilot Plant Team. The main focus of the placement is to help build the fundamental understanding of coffee roasting, with an emphasis on yield, aroma and flavour improvements.


Role: R&D Packaging – Brand Maintenance – Banbury
Subjects: Mechanical Engineering/Package Design
Day-to-day: During the year of internship, you will be immersed in the packaging world of the coffee business. Learning about packaging materials, project management and deliverables. You will be part of the team and will get all the support required to develop new skills.


Role: R&D Product – Brand Maintenance – Banbury
Subjects: All
Day-to-day: As an intern in the Brand Maintenance R&D team, you will be working on delivering your own student project, and on a range of development projects with a global reach, portfolio geo-expansion, manufacturing/supply network support, pilot plant and plant trials, competitor surveillance projects – supporting a very fast-paced organization and playing a key role in supporting the team members. Our portfolio covers all coffee and tea categories in JDE – instant, mixes, whole bean & roast coffee, coffee capsule and milky drinks for single-serve machines, and tea – providing an opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of technical learning opportunities.


Who is best suited to these roles?
– We are looking for bright and enthusiastic students who can work well in a team and are willing to get stuck.
– You must be an undergraduate looking for a 12-month Year in Industry placement from July 2022 to July 2023.

Why should you apply?
– Fantastic perks: 25 days holiday, free hot beverages (not just coffee!) and even Barista training!
– Student Charity Committee: Every Friday all the placement students get together for a fun charity meeting. Last year their charity work raised over £30,000 in total.
– Culture: At JDE they have a friendly, hands-on environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute, and all opinions are valued. There is also a strong mentoring programme and you will be periodically reporting to senior business stakeholders and interacting with other placement students.
– Corporate Social Responsibility: From sourcing ingredients responsibly with internationally recognised standards, to partnering directly with suppliers to improve working conditions and protect natural resources, and aim to make all manufacturing sites landfill-free, at JDE they are driven by their passion for coffee & tea, care for people and respect for the environment.


It only takes 30 seconds to register your interest in these roles, and we’ll support you throughout the full application process.

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Discover Givaudan.

This 45-minute-live event is addressed to future chemistry & business grads who are keen to discover the many different facets of the world of scents, tastes and well-being.
From your morning shower to your evening meal you come across our scent & taste experiences at least 25 times a day. What are typical jobs which help create these experiences? How to join Givaudan? What is the purpose of fragrance evaluation? How to become an evaluator? What does a food technologist do? How do they collaborate with Flavourists?

When: OCTOBER 26,
Time: 11:15

Find out more about this opportunity.



Do you Aspire to be a senior business leader of the future, maybe even at one of the biggest organisations in the world? Our new event, Aspire, is here to start you on this path.
Not enough boardrooms currently reflect the society that we live in. Statistics published by the Parker Review Committee (which reports on the ethnic diversity of UK boards) show that, as of November 2020, just 124 of 998 director positions at FTSE100 companies were held by people from ethnic minorities. That’s only 12%


This needs to change. That’s why targetjobs has partnered with leading employers in the UK to host Aspire, an event to help more Black Heritage students take several steps closer to their dream careers.


Register for the next event to begin your journey to the top of the career ladder. Over the course of the day, you’ll have unrivalled facetime with employers in fields such as law and finance. Be inspired by talks from senior leaders and graduates of Black Heritage, who are ready to share their stories and tips with you. Develop the skills you’ll need to secure your first job through a series of recruiter-led workshops. And leave Aspire with the knowledge and connections to help you on your path to the boardroom.

When: 19 November 2021
Time: 11:45 – 17:00
How: Virtual

Register here to book your place



Industrial Placement: Work experience, placements and internships

Deciding what to do in the future is tough. But what if you had the chance to experience life and work at one of the world’s leading healthcare companies?

Graduate roles:

Research and Development grad roles

Pharma Supply Chain grad roles

Business grad roles

Sales/marketing grad roles


Placements is 18th October

Apply here


Placement Opportunities Physics RAL/STFC

The STFC are offering two undergraduate industrial placement positions in the Synchrotron Group of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, Oxfordshire.


Placement advertisements:


Deadline for applications is October 31st.


ICAEW100 competition

Coming soon! ICAEW is searching to find the brightest students who have the potential to be the next generation of business leaders. Test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise and the students with the top 100 scores from each region will be in with a chance of winning unique opportunities and prizes!


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Undergraduate of the Year Awards

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards is an annual competition aimed at finding the best undergraduates in the UK. Each award is partnered by a prominent graduate recruiter who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, including a paid internship, trips abroad and other exclusive opportunities.


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Physics Industrial Placement: ISIS Synchrotron


Offering two undergraduate industrial placement positions in the Synchrotron Group of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, Oxfordshire:

Placement advertisements:

Deadline for applications is October 31st.


Juicy Jobs

PEPSICO – UK Industrial Placements – Analytical Technician

Leicester. Multiple vacancies. DEADLINE November 1st, 2021

The placement starts in July 2022, and will last for 12 months, with a salary of £21,000.

STFC (Science) Student opportunities We are open for all our 2022 Industrial Placement opportunities now. You can explore our vacancies here:


Gradcracker is currently advertising year in industry placements for:


All Physics – 530 opportunities!

All Chemistry – 460 opportunities!

All Forensics – 393 opportunities!


Summer placements open to first years – 52 opportunities!


Synthetic Chemistry Assistant

1 year student placement

Location:Compton, Berkshire, UK

Closing Date:22 April 2022

Position Summary: We are seeking a student to join our team on a 12 month placement, based at our organic synthesis laboratories in Compton, Berkshire, UK. The right candidate will join a team to work on specific projects looking at the synthesis and characterisation of small organic molecules. The role is predominantly laboratory based and will encompass synthetic organic and analytical skills, allowing the student to develop in these areas, in addition to providing an opportunity to directly apply chemistry into real-world commercial context. The variety of projects offer a good opportunity for the student to expand upon the foundations learnt at University, gain experience in synthetic chemistry and develop new skills. The student will also become proficient at analytical methods such as NMR, LC-MS.

Role and Responsibilities: The student will be exposed to a range of chemical disciplines, allowing them to see how the skills that they are learning in University, are applied within a commercial environment. Over the course of the placement, the student will be encouraged to develop independence in terms of designing suitable experiments, carrying out the reactions, interpreting the results and how to use these results to overcome any problems encountered and direct future work. The student will also gain an understanding of working under local HSE requirements and be able to work safely and independently in the laboratory to produce high quality, reproducible results by following standard experimental protocols. They will be equipped to identify when non-standard protocols are required and where to access the relevant expertise, or literature, in order to implement them.

Requirements: Studying towards a degree in chemistry with the option to do a year placement in industry and currently working towards a 2:1 or higher. Good laboratory skills and ability to communicate effectively, both in reports and verbally. Self-motivated, with the ability to manage and plan workload. Teamwork, attention to detail and good problem analysis skills are essential for this role. Eligibility to work full time in the UK