UCL Astrophysics Group


Brian Duff Internship

13 February 2020

The Physics & Astronomy Dept. has funding to support one undergaduate student in a summer research project with the Astrophysics Group (Group A).

The Physics & Astronomy Dept. has funding to support one undergaduate student in a summer research project with the Astrophysics Group (Group A).  The projects can be in any of the existing Group A ongoing research topics and cover observational, theoretical, and/or computational research.

The placement is open to all second year undergraduates and third year (MSci) undergraduates UCL students.  The bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis and the student must have an excellent record of achievement in their undergraduate studies.  

  • What's included
    • The Group A summer bursary provides the London Living Wage (2019 - £10.90/hour) based on a 37.5 hour working week, to support a project of 7 weeks in duration. 
    • You will be supervised by a member of academic staff in the Astrophysics group.  
    • Depending on the type of project you may work independently or as part of a group that might include postdoctoral research scientists and postgraduate students.
    • You will receive training to use any necessary equipment or software and supervised access to research facilities at UCL.
  • What's not included
    • There is no funding to cover travel or relocation costs.  
    • Consumables and other research related expenses are not covered and must be provided by the supervisor from their own research funds.
  • What are my responsibilities?
    • If you are successful in your application for an Astrophysics summer research bursary then you will be required to attend UCL for the duration of the project (as agreed to with your supervisor prior to applying for the bursary). 
    • Project schedule and working arrangements will vary greatly depending on the project, but should at a minimum involve meetings with your supervisor at least once a week. 
    • If performing an experimental project you must read and be approved on any risk assessments for the activities and/or laboratory areas you are working in.
    • You must follow all rules as set out in the risk assessment and may be required to undertake online or in-person safety training courses.  When working in laboratories you must be supervised at all times. (More information about laboratory safety at UCL can be found on the UCL Safety Services pages.)
    • If working in the UCL Observatory an agreement will be made at the start of the project on which days will site-access be available.
  • How to apply [For the student]:
  • a potential supervisor directly, or email the programme coordinator  Before applying you should first familiarise yourself with some of the research that is conducted within the Astrophysics group at UCL. A good starting point are the Research topic pages on the Group A website (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/astrophysics/). You can also look at the profiles of individual academics by going to the People page. Once you have an idea of potential research topic or topics that you might be interested in you should:
  • either contact (internship@star.ucl.ac.uk)
  • You MUST INCLUDE in your initial contact:
    • A 1- or 2-page CV;
    • Copy of your academic transcript
    • Brief one-paragraph description of why you want to do a summer project and research area(s) that you are interested in.
  • How to apply [For the supervisor]:
    • Once you have agreed with a potential supervisor on a research project, the supervisor will submit an application on your behalf, which will be in the form of a one page proposal that should be emailed to the programme coordinator together with the CV and transcript you provide to them.
  • The proposal will be judged against four main criteria:
  1. student track record relative to experience;
  2. learning outcomes for the student; 
  3. project planning and quality

Application deadline: 31/03/2020