School work experience

Faculty of Science and Engineering - Work experience programme 2020

Academic Year 2018-2019 Application cycle is CLOSED

We anticipate that our application window will re-open at the end of October 2019 for summer 2020 placements. All placements are currently awaiting confirmation and are subject to staff and facility availability. Please check this webpage regularly for updates.

Application process: important information

The Faculty of Science and Engineering allocate work experience placements using an application process. This is to ensure equal opportunities for students and a fair selection process. Please be aware that we are unable to offer placements to all students that apply due to the volume of applications that we receive. It is therefore a competitive process and placements are awarded to students based on the content of their application form. We do not offer placements on a first submitted, first selected basis. All applications are read and reviewed at the same time, see below for the application timeline.

Application timeline (2020 dates TBC) 

End of October 2019: Application window opens. Students are able to view all placements available for summer 2020. Students are able to download, fill out and submit their application form.

Mid December 2019: Application window closes. All applications received within the application window are shared with faculty staff for review and selection.

Early January 2020: Faculty staff read and review all application forms. Successful students selected.

End of January 2020: All decision emails sent to students.

February 2020: Application window re-opens for placements that have not been filled.

March 2020: Application window closes. Final placements allocated.

If you have any questions about work experience or the application process please email: FOSE.WorkExperience@plymouth.ac.uk

Examples of the placements we offer can be found below. Please be aware that the number and type of placements are subject to change each year based on staff and facility availability.

Analytical chemistry

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Andrew Fisher Analytical chemistry 12-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
During this placement you will gain experience in working in an ISO 9001 accredited laboratory. You will be shown how to calibrate analytical balances and automatic pipettes. You will then use these tools to prepare calibration standards for use with state of the art instrumentation such as ICP-OES and ICP-MS to determine the concentration of trace metallic analytes in various sample types. You will also gain experience in sample preparation, quality control, method validation and data handling.

Chemistry

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Ian Doidge Chemistry 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Ian Doidge Chemistry 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
This placement is based within our chemistry department. 

The types of activity you will be involved with are:

  • general assistance within the chemistry laboratories
  • use of instrumentation (i.e. FTIR – Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • general office and administrative duties.

Electronics and robotics

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoCEM Peter Mills Electronics / robotics 12-13 Not available for 2019 Closed
For this placement you will be working alongside the technical staff for computing and robotics. The types of activity you could be involved in are:

  • network laboratory tasks
  • Proteus CAD: Design Astable oscillator (ESEO Version)
  • assisting in the project lab stores
  • building and testing Astable oscillator 
  • tool box maintenance; manufacturing and testing a small batch of BNC test leads.

Engineering

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability  Status
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoE Rick Preston Engineering 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
During this placement you will have the opportunity to rotate around a number of areas of civil and mechanical engineering including: Computer Aided Design (CAD), innovative design, mechanical and construction materials, electron microscopy, destructive and non-destructive testing, composites laboratory, engineering workshop, coast test basins and flumes. Within these facilities students will experience: designing work pieces with CAD software; manufacturing models with laser cutters and 3D printers; manufacturing composites test pieces; preparation of material samples for testing; manufacture and assembly of models for testing; setting up and testing of models including instrumentation and data recording. 

Geography

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Anita Young / Katie Head Geography 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Anita Young / Katie Head Geography 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
This placement will involve some laboratory work, possible fieldwork and computer work.

During this placement you will get the opportunity to rotate around different areas of geography including:

  • palaeoecology (the ecology of fossil animals and plants)
  • geotechnics
  • mapping
  • GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

Geology

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoGEES Ian King Geology 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
For this placement you will be joining the technical team within geology. The types of activities you will be involved with are: rock preparation - cutting, splitting, polishing; reorganising of sample storage; cataloguing materials; preparing material for teaching or outreach events; possibly might include a day or some time out testing geophysical field kit or collecting samples; sorting and analysing microfossils; using analytical equipment to determine geochemical/geological history.

Marine sciences

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott / Adam James Marine sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott / Adam James Marine sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott / Adam James Marine sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott / Adam James Marine sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
You will be joining the technical teams at the Marine Station and Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre. During this placement, you will receive a wide range of laboratory, field and boat work in addition to assisting with current research projects. You will be based on the University of Plymouth Campus and the University Marine Station, Coxside.

Biological sciences

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
SoBMS Matthew Hoddinott Biological sciences 10-13 24 June - 15 July Filled
For this placement, you will be working with the biological sciences technical team at the University of Plymouth. You will be helping with a range of activities in biochemistry, microbiology, ecology and plant sciences. Activities may include analysing solutions, media preparation, horticultural work and the collection of invertebrate specimens. There will be elements of laboratory, office and fieldwork associated with this role.

Nutrition

School  Provider  Subject area Year Availability Status
SoBS Victoria Cammack Nutrition 10-13 w/c 24 June Filled
SoBS Victoria Cammack Nutrition 10-13 w/c 1 July Filled
For this placement you will be based in the food and nutrition unit. You will be required to perform basic laboratory maintenance and assist technical staff. There will be the opportunity to perform simple chemistry tasks, observe and assist more complicated procedures. 

Applicants may be asked to attend a short interview/telephone interview.    

Mathematics

If you are interested in work experience within our mathematics department, please contact Jenny Sharp directly. Work experience activities could include:

  • creating resources for masterclasses and workshops
  • evaluating workshop materials
  • talks by members of the mathematics department
  • administration duties.

Biomedical sciences

Medicine and dentistry