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Our people provide an amazing array of skills, experience and expertise to the UK: from our in-house scientists and engineers, and our technical support specialists, to our science communications and international relations experts, and our IT, finance and management teams. We apply our skills and expertise to help drive better science, technology, economic activity and societal improvement, both directly and through collaborations with UK and international universities, research institutes, companies, governments, educational organisations and non-governmental bodies.
Whether it be new techniques to understand the interactions of drugs at a molecular scale, designing and building some of the world’s largest science experiments, inspiring the young to enjoy and participate in science-related activities, or generating new industries and creating new jobs – our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our extremely broad range of interests – from the tiniest sub-atomic component to the entire Universe and everything between – means STFC simply has to have people with a diverse, and often unusual, mixture of skill sets.
George Bernard Shaw wrote: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” Our staff are often called upon to be “unreasonable” – to simply never accept that something can’t be done, and to then deliver. The Large Hadron Collider, the software code used to analyse complex astronomical images, or Europe’s first energy-recovery particle accelerator, weren’t bought off the shelf – they are masterpieces of innovation from “unreasonable” people.
This means that our skills and expertise are also often applied outside the direct sciences we support and do – for example, our astronomers have helped renewable energy companies and the computer games industry. Our laser scientists have helped drug companies and airports, the global finance industry has benefited from the problem-solving and data-analysis skills required from our particle and nuclear physicists, and we’ve helped thousands of teachers to translate the energy and enthusiasm of our science directly into the classroom, among many other examples.
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