May 2, 2017

Undergraduate research experience placement in mountain ecology at Lancaster Environment Centre

Paid summer placement opportunity

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of LEC research during the summer 2017. The opportunity is part of the research of Dr Rob Mills, and will focus on the response of mountain soils to extreme rainfall and drought. The work will run from July until the end of September, but exact dates are flexible, and will be supported by a student stipend of £200 per week supported by the soils training and research studentships (STARS) NERC-BBSRC scheme. The opportunity will include field visits to the Scottish highlands, where you will gain insight into alpine field ecology, and will follow a detailed course of measurements on intact mesocosms at the Hazelrigg field station. You will experience experimental design, data collation and analysis, and experience of working in a research team.

If you want to gain insight and experience in ecology, grow and develop your CV, spend time in the mountains, all whilst earning some money, send a short (less than one A4 page) letter of motivation to Rob Mills ( by the end of May 2017. If you need further details, or to discuss the opportunity, please drop me a line by email.

Dr Robert Mills

Lancaster Environment Centre


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.