The NERC Research Experience Placement scheme
Research Experience Placements (REPs) are paid Summer internships for Home/EU undergraduates from any university who are studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computing, or other quantitative disciplines, who wish to gain experience of research in the Environmental Sciences.
Successful undergraduate applicants are paid a stipend of at least £200 per week for a placement of 8-10 weeks during the Universities' summer recess. Up to £500 funding is also available to supervisors to use for expenses incurred by the research project. Successful candidates will later be encouraged to apply for a NERC-funded PhD in the Environmental Sciences.
Applications are open for EnvEast's 2018 REP scheme.
Candidates may apply for up to two EnvEast REP projects (see below) each year. To apply, candidates should send a C.V., a statement of up to 200 words stating which project you wish to apply for and why, and the name of a member of staff who can vouch for your academic abilities (e.g. your academic adviser/tutor).
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 May 2018.
Any enquiries about the EnvEast REP scheme should be sent to David/Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 EnvEast Research Experience Placement projects:
2. Choose up to two projects from the list below.
3. Apply by sending a CV (to include an academic referee) and covering letter to email@example.com, by 27 May 2016. Separate covering letters should be sent for each project applied for.
One candidate for each project will be selected by supervisors to be put forward for a short interview by an independent panel at UEA in Norwich, on 10 June 2016. Telephone/Skype interviews will be available. At least four top ranked candidates will then be offered placements (possibly more if funding is available).- See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:safIQf0c30cJ:www.enveast.ac.uk/research-experience-placements/information-for-applicants+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-b-ab#sthash.ZutLtDL3.dpuf
Antarctic Extreme Temperature Events and Related Meteorological Patterns
Location: British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge.
Background of the project
Antarctica is a region of extremes with the coldest temperature on Earth in winter and possible melting of ice shelfs in summer. These extreme weather conditions frequently hamper logistical, research and maritime operations. The regional climate in Antarctica vary from the relatively warm maritime near the Antarctic Peninsula to the frigid high plateau of East Antarctica. A knowledge of extreme conditions, their frequency and the background conditions is of great research interest regarding future climate projections as well as for ensuring the physical maintenance and safety of the Antarctic stations. It is important to be able to objectively identify the extreme warm and cold temperature events and to gain knowledge about their drivers. It is also necessary to assess the inter-annual variability of their occurrence, determine whether the frequency of those events has changed with time so that we are able to properly predict the return periods for the catastrophe weather events.
The primary aim of the project is study the influential factors of extreme events in Antarctica, including large-scale circulation patterns such as Antarctic Oscillation (AO), synoptic-scale weather systems and localize effects such as Foehn winds. In order to understand the extent to which these processes may interact with sea ice, ice shelves and ocean at different time-scales and how to better represent them in climate models, meteorological observations from 18 research stations will be used in combination with the atmospheric reanalysis data sets produced by The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The statistical and climatological properties of the extreme events will be investigated by comparing the station-based observations with ECMWF reanalysis data sets that were generated by forecast models and data assimilation systems.
What you will do
- Work with existing statistic software (WAFO) to identify extreme events using meteorological observations from 18 research stations. Training in statistical methods with Matlab will be provided.
- Liaise with the data managers at long-term monitoring team to understand how the temperature data were acquired and sent from Antarctica
- Detect the abnormal behaviour in histogram and interpret its effect on extreme value identification; Appreciate the effects of noise in the data due to observational errors, missing data and outliers
- Draw on and customize the existing statistic software, permitting its exploitation of reanalysis data sets at ease
- Develop an systematic approach of comparing extreme events from station-based observations and those from the reanalysis data sets
- Work closely with the supervisors in developing writing and presentation skills
- Complete a report on the findings with the content contributing towards a journal publication
Preferred background for applicants to this project
We seek a student with a background in statistics, mathematics, physics, or computing sciences. An interest in environmental sciences and a familiarity of Matlab programme would be an advantage.
Please check your eligibility before applying. You can apply for up to TWO projects from those advertised on this website by sending a C.V., a statement of up to 200 words stating which project you wish to apply for and why, and the name of a member of staff who can vouch for your academic abilities (e.g. your academic adviser/tutor).
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 15 May, 2018.