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:

  • Summer Placements
  • Work Experience Placements

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. To be eligible for consideration you must:

  • Be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s  scientific remit (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics).
  • Be applying for a placement in a different department to your undergraduate degree.
  • Be undertaking your first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
  • Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (i.e. UK, EU or right to remain in the UK).

We currently have the following opportunities available.  Please note the closing date for applications is noon, 15th May 2019.

Assessing radiation belt simulations using data from the GIOVE-A spacecraft

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Glauert

Understanding a changing world: studying the decline of Antarctic sea ice

Supervisor: Dr Maria-Vittoria Guarino

Comparison of three algorithms to calculate cloud base height from LIDAR backscatter signal

Supervisor: Dr Amélie Kirchgaessner 

Finding boundaries: using machine learning to identify sharp transitions in the Southern Ocean

Supervisor: Dr Dan Jones


Work Experience Placements

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

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.

Selection process

Eligible students should complete an application form and a covering letter setting out areas of interest and available dates and email it to BAS Human Resources at [email protected]

Applications are accepted until 15th February 2019.

Please note that we are keen to ensure that your time here is both meaningful and appropriate, so we only offer placements relevant to the your specific interests.