Work Experience at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (ROE)

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre is sited at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, along with part of the Edinburgh University Institute for Astronomy, and the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. The UK ATC is the national centre for astronomical technology. Our specialist engineers design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes. We also project-manage UK and international collaborations. Our project scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into fundamental questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies.

The UK ATC is a major establishment of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme. In line with this commitment UK ATC offer a limited number of work experience placements over the course of a year.

Please note that the UKATC cannot help with travel or accommodation expenses

Application Process

The first step is to download and complete the application form, please indicate which week you wish to apply for:

Please down load the application form here

Important Dates

Please note due to work commitments, we are unable to offer any other dates


Start date

End date

Closing date
Initial Places allocated


04 February 2019

08 February 2019 04 January 2019 14 January 2019

* Initial places will be allocated on the dates indicated. Typically all students will hear within two weeks of these dates whether or not they've been successful.


Once you have completed the application form send it back to the email address by the relevant date. Unfortunately, due to the demand for work experience placements, applications for the relevant term cannot be taken after the closing date.

After the closing date, you will receive a letter by email or post confirming whether your application has been successful or not. If you have been successful your allocated UK ATC placement supervisor will get in touch. At this point completion of the consent form will be initiated by the work placement supervisor

Work Experience Consent Form [Word Doc/111 KB]

Accommodation in the area

Work Experience placements are also available at other STFC sites in the UK