REP Project

April 26, 2017

Undergraduate research experience placement in polar remote sensing at Lancaster Environment Centre

Paid summer placement opportunity

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to undertake a research placement in Lancaster Environment Centre during the summer of 2017. The project will use satellite data to perform a survey of supraglacial lake depths on the Larsen B ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula, prior to its collapse in 2002. This opportunity is part of the research of Dr Amber Leeson, which focuses on the impact of climate change on the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets. The project will run from the last week in July until the end of September (flexible), and will be supported by a student stipend of £200 per week through the NERC Envision doctoral training partnership. The placement will provide experience in glaciological research, specifically aspects around the interpretation of satellite data and regional climate model output and science communication; the student will be invited to present their findings at the International Glaciological Society British Branch meeting which will be held at Lancaster in the first week of September.

If you want to make a small, but important, contribution to our understanding of the ice sheet response to global climate change, develop your CV and earn some money, e-mail Amber Leeson ( for more information and to apply for this position. Applications/enquiries will be considered as they come in and the position will close once filled.


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.