Early Career Scientists

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS):

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists provides further information on upcoming international opportunities and workshops.

APECS Webinars: Keep up to date with the latest series of APECS webinars here. Archives of all the previous webinar series are also available by following the links on the above site!

Reminder: APECS International Polar Week – 19th to 25th September 2016 – see http://www.apecs.is/outreach/international-polar-week/upcoming-polar-week.html for further information and ways to participate!

UK Polar Network (UKPN):

The UK Polar Network (UKPN) is the UK branch of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), a major legacy of the International Polar year 2007-08. It has over 300 members, making it one of the biggest national committees for early career polar scientists. The UKPN regularly organises workshops, the most recent being a Modelling Workshop which was held at Sheffield University.

Job Opportunities of interest to UK based early career researchers:

Watch this space for upcoming opportunities, summer schools and workshops  – we will endeavour to post these here as and when we can!

Type Title Location Deadline Start Date Further information

NERC Opportunities:

NERC Innovation Internships Now Open – deadline for applications: 21st July 2016

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Innovation Internships enable existing NERC researchers and PhD students working within the NERC remit to undertake a paid internship with a business, policy or civil society organisation. Interns will spend time working on a project to explore and demonstrate how partners can make use of NERC-funded scientific knowledge, data, models or other tools to understand and manage their impacts and/or dependencies on the environment.

Projects should be in the NERC innovation priority areas of:

  • Infrastructure
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Environmental Data
  • Natural Resources
  • Policy and Government

Proposed projects must identify clear examples of where NERC-funded research, data and skills could be used to make a real difference to non-academic organisations, starting from a clear articulation of the user needs and drawing on existing science and expertise. There are two types of Internship:

  • Open Internships may last for a period of up to six months. The expectation is that appointees will usually spend 80% to 100% of their time on the project at the partner organisation’s premises. The time to be committed to the Internship should be indicated in the proposal (a case may be made for a different time allocation if project requirements or the intern’s personal circumstances make this appropriate).
  • Directed Internships may last for six to 12 months. Directed Internships focus on a particular science area, policy requirement or business sector. Directed interns will work on a topic or with a business sector that the NERC community has identified as needing a dedicated person to accelerate the impact of NERC-funded science. Directed interns work full-time within a host institution. The 2016-2017 Directed Internship opportunities are with the National Trust, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Each project will involve at least one partner organisation and one or more researchers, working collaboratively to ensure that the non-academic partner makes maximum use of the knowledge and data provided and that feedback on user requirements is provided to researchers.

Standard RCUK eligibility rules for NERC apply. Applicants must be resident in the UK and be employed by an eligible UK Research Organisation. The scheme is open to:

  • PhD students (providing they are at least in their second year of research) working within the NERC remit. (Their Studentships do not need to be directly funded by NERC.)
  • Postdoctoral researchers at any career stage, who can demonstrate how NERC funded research could be used to make a real difference to non-academic organisations.

NERC has set aside a minimum of £100,000 for funding Open Internship projects and a minimum of £120,000 for Directed Internships.

Funding is available for direct salary costs plus NI and superannuation, and travel and subsistence costs. The partner organisation is expected to cover the overhead costs of hosting the intern.

This scheme is now open and the application deadline is 4pm, 21 July 2016.

Summer Schools and Workshops:

 Watch this space for upcoming opportunities, summer schools and workshops  – we will endeavour to post these here as and when we can!

ESA Earth Observation of the Cryosphere training course – Application deadline – 20th May 2016

The course will be hosted at the Center for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at the University of Leeds from 12th to 16th September, and the course program and application form can all be found on our website.

Thank you very much to the great team of lecturers who have agreed to teach on the course, I look forward to a really interesting week in Leeds later this year! http://seom.esa.int/cryotraining2016/page_Lecturers.php