REP Project

April 26, 2017

Undergraduate research experience placement in bee-tracking devices at Bangor University

Paid summer placement opportunity

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of Bangor University research during the summer 2017. The opportunity is part of the research of Drs Cristiano Palego and Paul Cross, and will focus on developing the first self-sustained radio-tracking device that can be attached to the world’s most economically beneficial insect: the honey bee. A piezoelectric micro-generator that harvests electrical energy from the bee’s body vibrations will power radio-wave transmission from a miniaturized antenna attached to the bees’ thorax. The work will run from the last week in June until the end of August (flexible), and will be supported by a student stipend of £200 per week supported by the NERC Envision DTP Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme. The opportunity will provide experience in micro-engineering, pollinator ecology, training in field and laboratory methods (survey and analytical skills), and include fieldwork at the University research farm.

If you want to gain insight and experience in pollinator ecology, grow and develop your CV, spend time surrounded by mountains, all whilst earning some money, send a short (less than one A4 page) letter of motivation to Cristiano ( or Paul Cross by the end of May. If you need further details, or to discuss the opportunity, please drop me a line by email.

Cristiano Palego & Paul Cross

Bangor University


Please note the following eligibility criteria. Applicants should:

  • be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics)
  • be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree,
  • be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters),
  • be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree,
  • be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (i.e. UK, EU or right to remain in the UK.