The Nuclear Energy Futures CDT hosts undergraduate research opportunities studying science and engineering across the five participating universities in the Nuclear Three students working together on scientific equipmentEnergy Futures CDT (Bangor Universty, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and The Open University).

If you are curious about a career in the nuclear industry and want to gain insight into studying the subject at an advanced level, these opportunities are perfect for you.   

Placed in a supportive and stimulating environment, the successful candidates will work with PhDs, postdocs and academics to help to conduct research on real-world problems and opportunities in the nuclear sector.

Read through the list of available summer placement projects below, and if you want to learn more about that project please feel free to contact the supervisor. If you want to make an application, please e-mail your CV and cover letter to j.tate@imperial.ac.uk The title of the e-mail should be ‘NEF CDT summer placement application’ and in the body you should specify what project you are applying for and the name and contact details of one academic reference.

Applications open Wednesday 17th February and close Wednesday 31st March 2021.  We aim to interview candidates in mid-to-late April with successful candidates being informed not later than the end of May 2021. 

We particularly encourage applications from female candidates, as this group is currently under-represented in the UK nuclear industry.

Project title: Systematic analysis of stress-corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels
Supervisor:
Dr Stella Pedrazzini 
Institution:
Department of Materials, Imperial College London

Project titleTowards physically-based models for predicting localised corrosion damage
Supervisor: Dr Emilio Martinez-Paneda

Institution: 
Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

 

FAQs

Are there any eligibility criteria?

Any UK-based undergraduate student studying a relevant scientific/engineering/energy discipline is eligible.

Applications are welcome from any UK university - not just the CDT partners. However, students studying outside these universities/locations will have to organise their own living arrangements while on the scheme and ensure that travel is practical.

These summer research research opportunities are most suited to students in the second and third year of their undergraduate degree. Applications from candidates that have graduated or are in postgraduate study will be rejected. 

We will accept up to two candidates each year.

How do you apply?

Read through the list of available summer placement projects, and if you want to learn more about that project please feel free to contact the supervisor. If you want to make an application, please e-mail your CV and cover letter to j.tate@imperial.ac.uk The title of the e-mail should be ‘NEF CDT summer placement application’ and in the body you should specify what project you are applying for and the name and contact details of one academic reference.

How much is the bursary?

There will be variation among the partners due to different living cost calculations and policies, but successful candidates can be expected to be paid no less than £300 per week. The amount will be confirmed when an offer is made.

These payments are intended to cover your travel to and from the university, subsistence on site and any other incidental costs relating to carrying out your placement. You will not be liable for any research costs (e.g. laboratory consumables or software licenses). 

More information

For academic/technical matters relating to the project, please contact the supervisor of the summer placement project.

For questions about the scheme, please contact Dr Jonathan Tate, j.tate@imperial.ac.uk

What happens during the application?

Applications will be evaluated by an academic panel comprising the Principal Investigators of the CDT. 

Based upon candidates’ CV, cover letter and academic reference the applications will be ranked. The top two candidates will be made offers; if one or more reject we will then make offers further down the list until both placements are filled.

We aim to notify successful candidates no later than the end of May 2021. 

If you are not successful one year, you are still welcome to apply in the subsequent year provided you are still registered to an undergraduate course in the UK. 

When do applications open and when do they close?

Applications opened on Wednesday 17th February 2021 and they will close on Wednesday 31st March.

When do research opportunities start and how long do they last for?

The exact duration of the research opportunity will be confirmed with the supervisor, but are typically no less than 8 weeks and no more than 10 weeks.

They will take place between June and September. The exact start and finish date will be agreed with the supervisor.