Work experience opportunities

The British Antarctic Survey welcomes students who wish to gain hands-on experience of working in a scientific research environment while studying.

We run a number of placements schemes for students at various stages of their education:

  • Work Experience Placements (under 18s)
  • Summer Placements (university undergraduates)

NERC Summer Placements

NERC Funded Research Experience Placements –  REPs

Summer placements are available typically for students studying for their first degree who are seeking research/work experience, usually during the summer break. Projects will be advertised below when they become available.  The application process will be made clear within the advertisement, as this will differ depending on the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) administering the scheme.

We welcome applications from those from underrepresented demographic and diversity-related groups in environmental sciences.

To be eligible for consideration you must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • Be undertaking your first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
  • Be applying for a placement in a different department to your undergraduate degree.
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (find out more about eligibility for PhD studentships)


Unravelling the sources of ice nucleating particles above Arctic sea ice

Supervisor: Dr Markus Frey

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Spontaneous Dansgaard-Oeschger type oscillations in climate models (SDOO)

Supervisor: Dr Irene Malmierca

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IceNet2 Operational Forecast refinement

Supervisor: Dr. Scott Hosking, James Byrne, Tom Andersson

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Automated detection of walrus haulouts to assess seasonality

Supervisor: Ellen Bowler and Hannah Cubaynes

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Exploring the origin of snow water isotopic signals in the Arctic

Supervisor: Dr Xin Yang

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Development and characterisation of an automated surface ozone analyser to be deployed at Halley Research Station, Antarctica

Supervisor: Dr Freya Squires

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The flux of microplastics in the Southern Ocean: the role of gelatinous zooplankton

Supervisor: Dr Clara Manno

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Scaling the application of Artificial Intelligence in science across Antarctica

Supervisor: Dr Ben Evans

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For general enquiries, please contact the BAS Student Office



Applications Close: Monday 20th June

Detecting prey of Antarctic Lanternfishes using novel genetic methods

Supervisors: Dr Alison Cleary & Dr Jennifer Freer

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 Observing atmospheric waves at the edge of space

Supervisor: Dr Tracy Moffat-Griffin

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 Spontaneous Dansgaard-Oeschger type oscillations in climate models: Tipping Points in the climate system

Supervisor: Dr Irene Malmierca-Vallet

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Other Summer placement opportunities

Work Experience Placements

In-person work experience placements for 2022 are currently under review due to COVID-19. Please register your interest through this form. Work experience is usually a short period of time during which student has an opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the Survey and to get an experience of a particular type of work. Work placements are often an integral part of a Year 10 study and last no more than 2 weeks.

Who can apply

In-person unpaid work experience opportunities are mainly only offered to students under the age of 16 studying at a local school in Cambridge and surrounding areas. We have been running a virtual summer work experience week since the start of Covid. See more information above.