Work opportunities

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

SURE Summer Programme

SURE is a six-week summer programme which supports up to six undergraduate students from UK universities to undertake research within the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester. A range of projects are available in the fields of astrophysics, space science, and condensed matter physics.

Space Research Centre Undergraduate Work Placements

The Space Research Centre (SRC) is committed to ensuring that its work benefits emerging talent from science and engineering. The mechanical group within the SRC has established an internship programme which allows students to work on some of the most high profile space missions being run today.

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.