School of Physics and Astronomy

Work opportunities

We offer a number of opportunities for students to experience work in the School:

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE is a six-week summer programme that supports up to six undergraduate students from the University of Leicester to undertake research within the Astrophysics Group, the Planetary Science Group, the Earth Observation Science Group, and the Space Research Centre.  Projects are advertised near the start of the spring term, with applications due before Easter, and notification of successful candidates soon after.  Preference is given to Leicester undergraduates in the third year of a four-year course. The summer internship has flexible start and end dates, and interns will be expected to present their research findings to the School at the end of the summer.  Projects will be advertised via the School Blog.

National Space Centre Summer Placements as 'Science Interpreters'

We offer the unique opportunity for some of our undergraduates to work with the National Space Centre in Leicester.

In partnership with the National Space Centre we recruit between 4 and 5 undergraduates every year to work as ‘Science Interpreters’ for the National Space Centre. Science Interpreters bring their science expertise to help interpret and enhance visitor experiences at the Space Centre, and act as outreach ambassadors for the Department of Physics and Astronomy and its space research. They receive training in all aspects of science communication during the summer period.

University Ambassadors

We also offer opportunities for students to become ambassadors for the department, helping at Open Days and Offer Holder Days. Departmental ambassadors meet with visitors and prospective students, give tours of the department and demonstrate some of the teaching facilities.

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