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 (Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, The Open University and Bangor 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 affecting the nuclear sector.

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

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.

Applications for 2020 summer research opportunities are now closed. Please check back in early 2021 for opportunities that summer.

 

 

FAQs

Are there any eligibility criteria?

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

Applications are welcome from any UK university - not just the CDT partners (Imperial College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, The Open University and Bangor University). 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.

Generally speaking, these summer research research opportunities are most suited to students in the second and third year of their undergraduate degree.

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 your research opportunity.

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 members from the University of British, Bangor University, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and The Open University (the Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures).

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 by mid-May 2020.

If you are not successful one year, you are still welcome to apply in the subsequent year.

When do applications open and when do they close?

Applications opened on Monday 3rd February 2020 and they will close Friday 24th April 2020 at 17:00.

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 July and September. The exact start and finish date will be agreed with the supervisor.