Summer Vacation Students / Paid Internships

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of the recently formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

We now have opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical work experience during summer 2019, while earning a generous salary. If you are interested in starting your career working at the forefront of scientific research, you could even be selected as one of our sponsored students and receive a payment of up to £6,000 per annum for the rest of your course.

Students can work for 4 -12 weeks at either the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell, Oxfordshire), Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington) or The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (Edinburgh) on projects relevant to their intended or current course of study, under the supervision of experts in their chosen field.

We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

The closing date for most roles is 31st March, however, roles in Particle Physics Department (PPD) are managed separately and will close on 21st February.

You may apply for a maximum of 3 positions. Once you have reviewed the roles below please complete the following online application form, with a short paragraph to explain your interest and suitability. You will then need to email your CV and University transcripts (where possible) to our recruitment partner UKSBS at jobs@uksbs.co.uk  including ‘STFC Vacation Student’ in the email subject, and detailing the project/s that you are applying for in the body of the email.

In previous years we have had an exceptionally high response for many roles, and subsequently we reserve the right to close individual projects early.

All candidates must have existing right to work in the UK.

 

We now have the following vacancies within selected STFC departments:

 

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

The ISIS summer student placement scheme is now open to applicants, allowing undergraduate students studying for a degree in Science, Engineering or Computing to gain experience working in the scientific environment at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. ​​

Location: All ISIS roles are based at Harwell, Oxfordshire.

ISIS-1: Deuteration Facility Summer Students: Flow Chemistry Method Development + Amino Acid Synthesis

ISIS is a world-leading neutron and muon facility whose user community depend on the provision of speciality chemicals which are isotopically-labelled in order to effectively perform their experiments. The Deuteration Facility aims to provide such materials. You will be involved in the development and execution of custom synthetic pathways in order to generate high-quality products for use by the ISIS and ILL user communities... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Chemistry, Natural Sciences

ISIS-2:Ultra-precise Modelling of the Next Generation of the ISIS accelerator

The ISIS neutron and muon source is based on one of the world's highest intensity proton accelerators. We are working on upgrading the proton accelerator to increase the beam intensity even further. In this project, we will describe the ISIS upgrade scheme in a state-of-the-art simulation code called OPAL (Object Oriented Parallel Accelerator Library), developed in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Computer Science

ISIS-3: The new liquids and glasses structure database

Neutron scattering from glasses or liquids is very different to that from crystals. The past few years of development in neutron scattering techniques have now revealed the structures of many such samples, e.g. pharmaceutical solutions, green solvents, and aromatic compounds. We aim to make these data more easily accessible to the wider scientific community... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science

ISIS-4: SasView Development Support

The ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source is a world-leading facility for condensed matter (nanoscale) research, and operates one of the largest and most advanced suites of Small-Angle Scattering (SAS) instruments anywhere. One of the challenges is developing user-oriented state-of-the-art data analysis software to meet the demands of the scientific programme... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical Sciences

ISIS-5:Making a muon stopping range and degrader calculator

Modelling the stopping range of charged particles in different materials is key to a range of science areas from particle physics to cancer therapy. At ISIS, muons are used to probe material properties, and this requires a beam of muons to be stopped within the sample. This project will develop a simple to use calculator... Link 

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

ISIS-6: Extending radiation source modelling capabilities in a new simulation code.

Radiation transport simulations are key to designing safe and efficient neutron instruments at spallation sources such as ISIS.  The radiation transport codes are being developed continually to utilise modern high performance computing facilities. The project will aim develop a module for the new deterministic code to extend the current source options... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

ISIS-7: Neutron and Muon Experiment Control Software Development

In order to control experimental setup and data collection for neutron experiments, we at ISIS develop and maintain a suite of software and associated systems for the scientists. The data acquired is collated from a number of distributed systems using various communications protocols... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing.

ISIS-8: Data Streaming and Data Reduction High-throughput for the European Spallation Source

The European Spallation Source, currently under construction in Sweden, will be the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron source upon completion in 2023. The experiments will produce very high data volumes of critical scientific data. This requires lossless transport, and high frequency IO for essential operations of the facility... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

ISIS-9: Growth of crystalline samples for encasing nuclear materials

We encounter radiation everywhere, with natural sources such as in terrestrial rocks and in science and technology, notably in nuclear power stations. The energy of emitted particles damages these materials and degrades them. This issue is particularly important in the safe immobilization of nuclear waste, and constitutes one of the pressing issues that modern society faces. Finding materials that are chemically stable, even when radiation-damaged, is a major challenge. This project is to discover if it is possible to make single crystals of the inert host material, zirconolite...Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials.

ISIS-10: Variable Temperature X-Ray Diffraction Method Developer

The position will offer the student an excellent opportunity in the field of crystallography to use and develop the skills they have acquired at university, whilst learning many new ones along the way. The main focus of the work will be to develop methodology for optimisation of measurements utilising variable temperature X-Ray diffraction measurements... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences

ISIS-11: Neutron spectroscopy and molecular simulations – force-field optimisation

This project aims to establish an innovative new method for analysing neutron spectroscopy.  The focus is in developing MDMC, an open source software package written in Python which allows force-field parameters of molecular simulations to be optimised against neutron spectroscopy data...Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

ISIS-12: Fit-Benchmarking Summer Student Project – Extending Fit-Benchmark to SasView

FitBenchmarking is an open source Python package that was first developed to compare how different fit minimizers perform on various fitting problems. The goal of this exciting summer project is to further develop the FitBenchmarking tool... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

ISIS-13: Building a database to discover the elemental composition of ancient artefacts using Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis

When we investigate the origins and properties of ancient artefacts it is essential to determine their elemental composition without damaging the specimen. Neutrons represent an invaluable tool in this respect. It is essential to build a reliable database containing quantitative information about the cross sections and resonance energies of the most common elements in the periodic table... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences

ISIS-14: Impact on buffer isotope content on protein interactions and structure.

The stability of a protein is fundamental to its biological function, hence investigating the effect of solvation and hydrogen bonding on its structure and interactions is of great importance in biology and medicine. In this project we will investigate the structure and interactions of two globular proteins as a function of the solvent D2O content... Link 

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Biology, Chemistry

ISIS-15: Contributing to outreach activities within the ISIS muon group

The ISIS muon group are involved in several important outreach activities during 2019. These include developing the website muonsources.org (likely to be also used by the International Society of Muon Spectroscopy), running an international advanced school on muon techniques, and supporting new webpages providing technical information about muon chemistry... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Communications, Computing

ISIS-16: Developing a component library for parallelized simulations of neutron instruments

Neutrons are exceptionally powerful probes of materials properties. Although their useful properties make neutrons ideal probe particles, they are both difficult and expensive to produce, and it is therefore critical that neutron instruments are designed to best use the limited number available. A powerful computer simulation tool to achieve this is Monte-Carlo ray-tracing... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

ISIS-17: Data Analysis for Muon Spectroscopy

Muon spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying a wide variety of materials, from exotic many-body quantum states to the chemical reactions of free radicals. The work is will involve learning new computer languages, coding and documenting mathematical functions with reference to published research, testing the new functions by analysing real experimental data... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics

ISIS-18: QENS and MD analysis of bio-macromolecules

Neutron scattering has helped underpin our understanding of soft matter science. Understanding such complex environments is far from trivial, but Molecular Dynamic simulations overlap the time and length scales accessible. This project will focus on the interpretation of existing simulations of hydrated and lyophilised proteins and subsequent comparison with results from existing neutron data... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Biology, Chemistry, Natural Sciences

ISIS-19:  Web Developer in the Science Facilities Computing group

Computing is essential to the science that we support. We would love to have a vacation student join our team this summer to help develop software used to support our operations. We mainly develop tiered solutions using Java, C# and web technologies... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Software Engineering, Computer Science

ISIS-20: ISIS neutron source python teaching tool

The project is to design, implement and test a python program themed around aspects of the computing that takes place at ISIS. The users of this program would be secondary school computing students... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Software Engineering, Computer Science

ISIS-21: D development of elemental analysis using muons

This project is to develop the unique capabilities by the muon facility. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray emission which is element dependent and therefore can result in the determination of the elemental composition. We would like to employ a summer student to develop new data analysis techniques that can be used to speed up the identification of the elements from the X-ray spectrum... Link

You might particularly like this if you are interested in: Computer Science, Mathematics or Natural Sciences with an interest in computing

The Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate (SPC) is responsible for UKRI-STFC’s overall strategy, communications and stakeholder relations, bringing together the core functions that are needed to help the organisation shape, communicate and monitor our national and international strategic agenda. To operate effectively in a complex policy and funding environment, UKRI-STFC must actively manage its relationship with external stakeholders. The International Group within SPC oversees all of UKRI-STFC’s International activities and represents UKRI-STFC on major scientific policy fora such as the OECD’s Global Science Fora where the Group provides the UK delegate. The Group’s work includes input into the development of international science strategy for the UK and the identification of international opportunities of strategic importance to the UK.

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

SPC-22: International Project Officer

The purpose of this role is to assist the International Officer with a variety of projects and tasks, as well as other colleagues in the International team, Including the European Programme Support Officer and Project Support Officer. The goal of the team is to ensure that UKRI-STFC maintains a high profile with existing and potential new international partners and that UKRI-STFC’s goals and ambitions are understood by other stakeholders including the other Councils of UKRI. You will work closely with the team to help achieve this goal. You will provide support for the team, including planning for meetings, desk-based research as well as helping to develop resource documents for internal use.

Further responsibilities:

  • Assisting with a variety of project work as well as  providing general support to the International Officer and other members of the International team
  • Helping to plan and organise meetings, including with colleagues in overseas offices and for international visitors
  • Helping to develop international briefings and other internal documents and information resources
  • Support for International Fora (ESOF, ESFRI, GRC, OECD)
  • Research assistance for input into a number of workstreams underpinning UKRI-STFC’s strategic  international activities, such as providing information on European funding programmes and identifying international opportunities for collaboration

You must have completed, or about to enter your 3rd year of study. A letter of recommendation from your university is required.

Since its inception in 2013, the Hartree Centre has rapidly established itself as the UK’s foremost HPC and Data Analytics technology centre. At the Hartree Centre we are investing in world-class people and facilities to create world-leading capabilities, working with strategic technology partners at our state-of-the-art Sci-Tech Daresbury site. Our mission is to transform UK competitiveness by accelerating the uptake of data-centric computing, big data and cognitive technologies.

Location: Daresbury, Cheshire

Hartree-23: HPiC Demo Developer

The Hartree Centre has a Raspberry Pi Cluster called HPiC, created as a platform for software demonstrations and for outreach events. It resembles a supercomputer by networking together 20 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B’s, allowing them to communicate and execute parallel programs. At present, HPiC only has a few demos – which do not demonstrate the breadth of science, engineering and technology areas that the Hartree Centre and STFC operate in.

You will create interactive demonstrations based on successful Hartree projects. The demos will be of a varying level of complexity to cater to everyone from primary school children to industry experts.

The demos may cover areas such as natural language processing, AI, visualisation of galaxies or water models, and can be tailored to the interest and background of the applicant.  Aside from specific demos, there is also a need to improve the ease of use of HPiC to make it accessible to more demonstrators with minimal training, so the role will include developing documentation and informal training of staff.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Working with Hartree staff to convert successful projects into demos
  • Development of a robust GUI to aid with demo selection and start-up
  • Improvement of current demos
  • Writing documentation for demonstrators

You will demonstrate the following knowledge / skills / experience:

Essential:

  • Programming skills with at least one language e.g. C, Python

Desirable:

  • Experience in parallel programming
  • Experience or interest in/of public outreach activities

The STFC Technology division provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects. Our technologies and competencies are world class, and our expertise encompasses micro-nano engineering, through microelectronics, to major engineering structures.

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Tech-24: Design of CMOS blocks to be used in scientific image sensors

Based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, the CMOS Sensor Design Group is world-leader in the design of advanced CMOS Image Sensor for scientific and other high-end applications, like bio-medical and industrial imaging.

We provide advanced solutions for imaging applications. Our portfolio includes the design of intelligent pixels, high speed sensors, radiation resistant designs, low noise devices and large area sensors for the detection of photons and charged particles.

We have strategic relationships with leading edge CMOS foundries and use state of the art Computer Aided Design tools. We can also provide full camera solutions, we have facilities for the detailed optical characterisation of the sensors and direct access to facilities for the test of the sensors with a broader range of radiation, including charged particles, and for the irradiation of the sensors.

The work program for the vacation students is as follows:

  1. Refresher of electronics
  2. Introduction to CMOS technology
  3. Basic principles of CMOS design
  4. Training on the main tools for electronics design
  5. Study of a simple block
  6. Design and simulation of analogue/mixed signal block
  7. Layout and verification

The work program will be tailored to the background and interest of the successful candidates.

The ideal candidate for this role will be studying on an Electronic Engineering or Physics Degree and must have some knowledge of basic electronics:

  1. Passive components
  2. Active components
  3. Circuit Network theory

STFC’s Particle Physics Department (PPD) physicists and technical staff maintain and develop many world-leading experiments within the UK programme of particle physics research, participate in the experimental programme with university groups, contribute to training of research students, and provide support and general infrastructure for university groups.

The closing date for all roles within PPD is 21st February 2018. Candidates must include a CV, along with a letter of recommendation from your tutor. Candidates must also be between their third and fourth year of study.

Most PPD vacancies are based at Harwell, Oxfordshire, however some may be at the Boulby Underground mine in North Yorkshire

For more information and to apply for a role in PPD please visit- Summer Students

Possible projects include the following.

Feel free to tell us in your CV in which projects you would be particular interested (can be one or more). If you have no strong preference, that is fine. We will be looking for the best students and will try to match them up to suitable projects.

ATLAS

Search for Long-lived Decaying Particles in ATLAS

The ATLAS Group at RAL is involved in physics searches for phenomena which involving long-lived particles, which will decay in the detector. These will leave a distinct signature of two leptons coming from a common point situated in the tracking detector. Searches are ongoing for such particles in the data taken in the last years. Also the future prospects for these searches with the upgraded detectors are being studied. The summer student will use simulations to study the reconstruction of these electrons or muons and help in the optimisation of finding the origin of this 2-lepton signature in the detector while minimising the rate of fake 2-lepton signals for current and/or future physics data. For this task he/she will use C++ and/or Python code to analyse the output of the ATLAS reconstruction software suite.

Proposed Dates: 8 week in the period between June to end of August

Student Specification: The student should have interest in computing, but no deep prior knowledge of C++ or Python is required.

 

The ATLAS Tracker Upgrade – Pixel Detector DAQ

In 2026, the ATLAS Detector at CERN, as well as the Large Hadron Collider, will restart after an upgraded with state-of-the-art technology, to provide new opportunities for particle physics research. The ATLAS Detector will have a new tracking detector, the ITk. The ATLAS Group at RAL is involved in the design and construction of this detector.

At RAL, ITk sensors comprising of silicon pixel modules are to be attached to lightweight carbon-fibre ITk support structures. Modules must be placed on the supports with a precision of the order of 10 microns, and then tested with a high-speed data acquisition (DAQ) system utilising field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

The student will assist in the electrical testing of modules for the ITk. The placement of modules uses a camera-and-laser-guided gantry system. Currently, these various systems require a great deal of manual intervention during their use. The student will help to develop computer programs for the automation of these systems.

The student will gain experience with Silicon pixel sensor technology, high-speed electronics, FPGAs and associated software, as well as precision engineering and control of associated errors. The student will also gain an education in modern tracking detector design for particle physics.

Proposed Dates: 8 weeks between June and the end of August

Student Specification: The student will make use of Python, C++, and LabView. Prior familiarity with any of these will be advantageous, but is not a requirement. Some programming experience, as well as a careful and patient approach to problem solving, will be required.

ATLAS Tracker Upgrade: Pixel Endcap Assembly

The Upgraded ATLAS Pixel Tracker will be the biggest pixel detector system ever built, with over a billion detector channels. At RAL, we will be a key player in the assembly of the Pixel Endcaps for the Tracker Upgrade. RAL will assemble hybrid pixel detector modules onto lightweight carbon fibre half-rings for the Upgrade.

Over the next few months, we will continue our work on precision placement of detector modules onto the half-rings. We seek a student to undertake refinement of placement methods, and measurement of the achievable placement accuracy. This will be carried out using our high-precision motorised gantry system, equipped with a camera, laser displacement sensor and adhesive dispense system.

Specific tasks include calibrating the accuracy of the gantry itself, using a laser interferometer and comparing the gantry to a coordinate measuring machine by surveying standard test objects. We will look at the automation of vacuum switching between the vacuum chucks in the system, to handle detector modules in a more automated way. We will build prototype detector assemblies, which will be tested by our collaborators to verify the electrical and cooling system design for the Upgrade. We will carry out trials with different candidate adhesives and dispensing methods, assembling dummy and mechanical grade components.

As part of the work, we must be able to test the electrical functionality of the detector modules before and after mounting to the half-ring structure. We also intend to develop the testing of partially assembled modules on a semiconductor probe station.

Student Specification: We seek a dextrous student with good practical skills and patience. Some programming experience is needed for control of equipment and analysis of results. A basic understanding of experimental errors and statistics is important, as is basic mathematical proficiency. Experience of Labview software, Arduino or Raspberry Pi would be useful, but is not essential.

ATLAS High-Level Trigger

The ATLAS Trigger system makes fast real-time decisions on whether to keep data from interesting proton-proton collision events at the LHC to be studied later, or discard them. We can only keep about 1 in 100,000 collisions. The High-Level Trigger (HLT) includes fast software algorithms that process information from the Inner Detector to find charged-particle tracks. Because of the huge number of particles produced in LHC collisions, the Inner Detector tracking software uses a lot of computing power – almost half of the HLT computing resources are used to reconstruct tracks in real time.

The RAL HLT group works on several projects to improve this performance, including technical changes to the software, new algorithms to reduce processing time and using information from new custom track-finding hardware. You will implement improvements to the software and measure the changes. You should have an interest in computing with some experience of programming in C++ or a similar language. Some knowledge of ROOT would be helpful but is not essential.

CMS

Track-finding in FPGAs

From 2026, the Large Hadron Collider will be colliding protons at such a high rate that the CMS detector must be upgraded to cope. In particular, the Level 1 trigger, whose purpose is to identify interesting collisions within a few microseconds of them taking place, must be significantly improved. We wish to reconstruct, on this very short time-scale, the trajectories of the numerous charged particles produced in each LHC collision. We will do this using high-speed programmable electronics (FPGAs). This is a very challenging project, and research is underway here to optimise our proposed solution.

The student will use C++ software running on simulated LHC collision events to optimise the algorithms used to reconstruct the particle trajectories. Since these algorithms must ultimately be run in the electronics, the student will need to keep them as simple as possible, and understand the limitations and strengths of the electronics. The possibility of programming the FPGAs using the HLS language (similar to C++) is also available.

Proposed Dates: 8 weeks during a period to be agreed from June to August.

Student Specification: You need a logical mind and should be familiar with computer programming, and ideally with C++. An interest in particle physics or electronics would be a bonus.

Implementation of Neural Nets in FPGAs

From 2026, the Large Hadron Collider will be colliding protons at such a high rate that the CMS detector must be upgraded to cope. In particular, the Level 1 Trigger, whose purpose is to identify interesting collisions within a few microseconds of them taking place, will be significantly improved. This trigger is able to carry out complex algorithms within a few microseconds by making use of cutting-edge high-speed programmable logic (FPGAs). It is possible to implement neural nets (NN) on these FPGAs. The project will be to implement NN on FPGAs by making use for HLS to translate C++ into the firmware that is used on FPGAs.

Implementation of Vertex-finding in FPGAs

From 2026, the Large Hadron Collider will be colliding protons at such a high rate that the CMS detector must be upgraded to cope. In particular, the Level 1 Trigger, whose purpose is to identify interesting collisions within a few microseconds of them taking place, will be significantly improved. This trigger is able to carry out complex algorithms within a few microseconds by making use of cutting-edge high-speed programmable logic (FPGAs). One of the tasks that must be carried out in the FPGAs is to find the position in space where the protons have collided. The project will be to develop such a "vertex" finding algorithm and implement it on an FPGA using HLS to translate from C++ to the firmware that is used on FPGAs.

Underground Experiments

Simulation Studies for Future Dark Matter Experiments

The nature of dark matter is one of the open and fundamental questions in physics, and the dark matter experiments using liquid xenon are at the forefront of technology designed to pursue this question. While constructing the LUX-Zeplin experiment, we are planning an R&D programme for a future large G3 experiment using liquid xenon. As part of these activities, we would like to model and simulate low-energy events arising from electrons and nuclear recoils, enabling us to extend dark-matter searches and experiment sensitivity towards even lower mass (< 1 GeV) WIMPs. The success of a future G3 experiment will depend on a careful understanding of the response of the detector to low energy events.

The student will use simulation packages such as SRIM, garf++, Magboltz and Degrad to study generation, energy deposition and reconstruction of low energy particles in liquid xenon.

Student Specification: You should have an interest in particle physics and computing, with some experience of programming in C. Some knowledge of ROOT would be helpful but is not essential.

Low Background Material Studies at the Boulby Underground Laboratory  

The Boulby Underground Laboratory is situated 1.1 km underground at Boulby Mine in the North-East of England. The Boulby Underground Germanium Suite (BUGS) comprises 7 low and ultra-low background germanium detectors that are used to characterise the radioactivity of materials that are used in current particle physics experiments and will be used in next generation low-background searches. The student will be involved in all aspects of material screening, including sample preparation, data acquisition, simulation and analysis. This will be a unique opportunity to work in the UK's deepest underground laboratory.

Student Specification: The student would ideally have some experience in the use of germanium detectors and have some experience of programming in C. Some knowledge of ROOT would be helpful but is not essential.

NOTE: This project would be located at the Boulby Mine near Whitby … a long way from the Rutherford Lab! it's an incredible experience working 1 km underground inside a clean room in a potash mine.

How to apply for a PPD vacancy:

We require completed CVs, along with a Letter of Recommendation from your university tutor

  • These should be sent separately by email to Gill.Birch@stfc.ac.uk.
  • CVs should have "YYYY PPD Summer Student Application" as the subject of the email, where "YYYY" is the current year. Do not include additional information in your email, but put it in your CV.
    Your CV should have a file name "SURNAME, FIRSTNAME" and should be in pdf or Word format.
  • Letters of Recommendation should have "YYYY PPD Summer Student Reference" as the subject of the email. We anticipate these will come directly from your tutor (or another member of university staff who has supervised you).
    The letter should have a file name "SURNAME, FIRSTNAME".

Your CV should include:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Correspondence address if different
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number (s)
  • Information about your current study:
    • University
    • Course name
    • Year of study (should be 3rd year!)
    • Subjects studied
    • Results to date
  • Past academic record
    • Schools
    • Dates
    • Subjects studied and results
  • Past work experience
  • Computing experience
  • Interests and hobbies, etc

As well as

  • Preferred period of Studentship (in June-September) - at the top
  • Confirmation that you are eligible to live and work in UK (at the time of application) - at the top
  • A statement as to why you are interested in a Studentship

Do not include useful information in your email, as it will get lost.

We hope to come to conclusions by first week of March.

There is a certain amount of flexibility in start/end dates and we will try to match selected students to suitable projects.

Last updated: 08 February 2019

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