Research Internships

The School will offer seven funded internships for the summer of 2018.  These internships are for 6 weeks of research working at 20 hours a week at the rate of £10.20 per hour.  The intern will also receive annual leave pay.  These internships are reserved exclusively for students from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary. 

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 Marcia Nortey, SPA Administrative Assistant, with a short statement confirming their support by the Friday 8th June 2018.  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.

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, especially those who have not undertaken a School research internship before.

There are other internships opportunities including the SEPnet internships and the Crete Observatory internship for BSc/MSci Astrophysics students

Ogden Trust Funded Internship

The opportunity has arisen for a summer internship on 'Space Sonification' 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.  One novel technique in navigating, mining, and analysing this data is through sonification, the process of converting an oscillatory time-series into audible sound. These audible datasets then lend themselves well not only to researchers but also citizen scientists. The internship will concern developing new tools to sonify data from numerous different space-based missions.

Skills required
Computer programming (e.g. C++, Matlab, Python)
Self-motivation / independent organisation
Audio analysis (desired)

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. If you are interested please send an up-to-date CV and a statement detailing your interest to Dr Martin Archer:   by Sunday 11 March 2018. Note that applications are only open to QMUL students.

Juno Champion

The school holds Juno Champion status, the highest award of this IoP scheme to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.