Research Experience Placements

Undergraduate Research Experience Placements

Applications for Summer 2022 are now closed. Projects for 2023 will be advertised in the Spring

The Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Research Experience Placement (REP) Scheme is aimed to encourage undergraduate students who are doing a degree in a quantitative disciplines to consider a career in environmental science.

The SCENARIO DTP has five placements in this scheme this year, based at the University of Reading. This scheme is an excellent opportunity to get experience of working in a thriving research environment before considering applying for a PhD next year (whether with SCENARIO or elsewhere). SCENARIO will ensure that all research experience students are offered a PhD interview, where appropriate.

Details of the projects can be found here.

Please note that all of these topics will require computing skills to perform, in terms of data handling and presenting your results. Some projects may be run remotely (please check each description). Supervision, including guidance in using software, will be provided by the supervisors.

Projects will take place this summer. You will have a PhD student mentor to help with the practical aspects of the project and to discuss the experience of being a PhD student.

You would receive £9.81/hr. We allow flexibility in working patterns, between 7 and 10 weeks, to a maximum of 245 days in total.

The University of Reading is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.

NERC feedback is that some student groups are typically underrepresented within the Higher Education pathways including (but not limited to) students from ethnic minorities, those with a disability or from low-income backgrounds, and we welcome applications from these student groups.

SCENARIO is committed to widening the diversity of our student cohorts.


Applicants should:

• be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters);
• be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (details of eligibility for PhD studentships)

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for one of these placements, please email Dr Miguel Teixeira ( by Friday 17th June 2022, providing a brief application (no more than 2 sides of A4) that should include information on:

(a) How you meet all of the above eligibility criteria;
(b) A-levels grades (or equivalent), and the marks you have received on your university course so far;
(c) Any experience with data processing software (Python, Matlab, R, etc.);
(d) The topics you would like to work on, in order of preference;
(e) Provide a short statement, of around 250 words, on the origin and nature of your interest in environmental science. Include any relevant work or project experience.

To help us monitor how we are doing in improving the diversity within Scenario, please complete this this anonymous survey and confirm you have done so in your email to Miguel.