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Research Experience Placement - Summer 2021 - Edinburgh

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Ref: 1073 Date Posted: Tuesday 04 May 2021
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Research Experience Placement - Summer 2021 - 6 Weeks - Remote working 


About the Company


This Earth Observation CDT is an exciting new centre funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the UK Space Agency, that will train 50 PhD students to tackle cross-disciplinary environmental problems, by applying state-of-the-art data science methods to the deluge of satellite data collected each day. Our graduates will be supervised by a consortium of world-leading UK scientists, with topics co-developed with the UK’s most innovative spatial data companies. By training a new generation of industry-experienced satellite data specialists we will support the growing strategic importance of remote sensing within the UK space sector, and enhance the UK’s profile as an international leader in Earth Observation science.

It aims to create a:

·       Internationally renowned centre for research training in Earth Observation and data science techniques, and their application to Earth system challenges.

·       Bonded cohort of self-supporting students, with strong mentoring across years, sites and disciplines.

·       Multi-disciplinary training environment with graduates that have the skills and ambition to innovate and become future Earth Observation leaders.

·       Open and collaborative partnerships between academia and industry, which stimulates exploitation of satellite data and seeds new research ideas.

·       Happy, diverse and inclusive research environment that leads the way on widening participation.

·       New satellite datasets and techniques that will deliver a meaningful legacy to the UK through careers in industry, NGOs, government and academia.


Research Themes


The research conducted by these new NERC Earth Observation PhD studentships covers a range of thematic areas, including:

·       Atmospheric science, composition, and meteorology

·       Land and sea ice cryosphere research

·       Monitoring the ocean temperature, sea state, dynamic ocean topography

·       Land cover change

·       Forestry, burnt area, and biomass

·       EO data assimilation into climate models

·       Combining Earth Observation datasets with advanced computer techniques, such as AI, neural networks, and machine learning


About the role

Research Experience Placement is a summer placement scheme funded by NERC, aimed at undergraduate students to address demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences as well as thematic skills gaps (e.g. quantitative skills).

SENSE REP students will become part of a network with our interns at all base locations. We will opportunities for interns to network with each other and the current SENSE PhD students. We plan to keep in touch with our interns after they complete their internship and support them with their future PhD applications whether they decide to apply to SENSE or another PhD programme.

Students taking part in a SENSE REP in 2021 will be guaranteed an interview for a SENSE studentship for our next round of recruitment for entry in 2022.

Placement Details, Funding and Reporting


·       We have 10 REPs available for the Summer 2021 – 5 at the University of Edinburgh and 5 at the University of Leeds.

·       Placements duration is 6 weeks full time the summer vacation period (mid-June to the end of August). They include 4 days of annual leave which will have to be taken in agreement with the project supervisor. Exact dates will be at the discretion of the project supervisor.

·       Placements are paid at the University grade UE03 (£345.38 per week).

·       Due to COVID 19 all placements will be available to be completed by remote working and as such students do not need to live locally in order to be considered

·       There is no additional cost available for relocation.

·       Students will need to be based in the UK due to employment regulations.

·       The student and the project supervisor at the host organisation will be required to complete a brief online report on the outcome of the placement at the end of the placement.


About you


Eligibility of students


Be studying for an undergraduate degree (minimum second year) in a any science discipline (this includes maths, engineering, computing, geosciences and all sciences) however you may not apply to complete an internship in the department you are currently studying in (you may apply for an internship in the same department in another university)

Applications are open from students from all universities not just the host universities however potential applicants should be aware that no relocation or travel costs will be paid.

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a REP. The students must:

·       Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters) in a UK Higher Education institution – Year 2 onwards;

·       Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree;

·       Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding, i.e. be either:

·       an UK citizen OR 

·       an EU citizen with pre- or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme OR 

·       a non-EU citizen who have obtained the right to remain in the UK – known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR) OR

·       an International/EU student already studying in the UK and currently under a Tier 4 or Student Route Visa with validity until at least September 2021


REPs do not meet the requirements for a visa request therefore non-UK students who are not currently living in the UK or who are without a suitable UK visa are not eligible to apply.


How to Apply


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