The School will offer approximately seven funded internships for the summer of 2017. These internships have a bursary of £1,400 which covers approximately 6 weeks of research working at 20 hours a week. Five of these internships are reserved exclusively for students from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary. Two of the funded internship places can be allocated to students from outside Queen Mary providing they have excellent academic credentials. For external candidates preference will be given to students aiming to undertake a PhD after their undergraduate programme.
Students who are interested in applying for a research internship should firstly look at staff research interests on the School website. After finding a topic of interest students should contact the relevant academic to ask if they have any research opportunities for interns. The student should then send the academic an up-to-date CV and a statement detailing their interest in their chosen research area. If the academic supports the application they will submit it to Lucie Bone, Student Support Officer, with a short statement confirming their support. Students are chosen for research internships on the basis of academic merit and the School decides on the internship allocation straight after the exam board meeting in June, with candidates normally chosen in rank order. External applicants should send a copy of their transcript with their application. Students will find out whether their application has been successful by the end of June. Priority for internships is given to second years and third year MSci students,
Space Sounds Internship;
The opportunity has arisen for a summer internship on “Space Sounds” funded by The Ogden Trust and supervised by Dr Martin Archer. Ultra-low frequency analogues of sound waves (fluid plasma waves) in near-Earth space can have effects on our technology and lives e.g. they can create “killer electrons” in the radiation belts which damage or “kill” the many satellites we depend on. To further the research given the huge amount of available data and also to raise awareness of the research in this area, satellite measurements of these waves have been turned into audible sound for two projects:
- A research in schools project where school students get to explore and analyse the audio files
- A short-film competition where filmmakers are encouraged to submit entries featuring these sounds from space
The internship will contribute to both of these projects, producing new datasets and resources for the expansion of the research in schools project and providing key assistance in the running of the film competition. This placement would be beneficial to someone interested in pursuing research (time series analysis fields particularly space plasma physics or audio), science communication, industry data science, or event management careers. It would suit a candidate proficient in programming (any language), communication and organisation who is looking for a broad range of transferable skills in addition and complementary to those offered by conducting research Physics.
The internship is for 6 weeks over the summer with a bursary of £2,100 (£70 per day) paid by The Ogden Trust. Dates of the internship can be flexible but must not finish before 2 September. If you are interested please send an up-to-date CV and a statement detailing your interest to Dr Martin Archer: before 12pm Friday 21 March.