Work experience opportunity – hackathon

UKSEDS’ inaugural hackathon, terra_Nova hack, will challenge students over the course of 24 hours to address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals using satellite data. The hackathon is aimed at students with some programming experience, but no prior experience of Earth observation data. There will be a number of workshops to teach participants the basic knowledge and skills needed to access and process satellite imagery as well as expert mentors to help students with their projects as they progress.

The hackathon will help students gain the skills necessary to start a job in the downstream space industry.



European Space Agency

Are you in your MPhys year? If so, then you can apply to ESA as a ‘Young Graduate Trainee’ (YGT). This high-calibre programme lasts for one year and gives successful applicants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions.

There is still time to apply to ESA for their Young Graduate Trainee posts (closing date mid-December 2019)

Stella, an astrophysicist from Estonia, shares her experience as a YGT at ESA working with data provided by the Gaia mission’s team to model the movements of stars.

Learning R through modelling sports – free workshop

In 2020, ATASS Sports will be hosting another two-day introductory training workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates and Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science, with a special focus on learning the R language through sports modelling.

The workshop, which they’ll be running once in April 2020 and once in June 2020, will be free to attend and ATASS Sports will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The event will offer attendees a rare insight into the work of a commercial mathematical research organisation.

Here’s what they say:

Learning R through modelling sports: An interactive introduction to the R language

An introductory workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science

Workshop venue: ATASS Sports, Oxygen House, Exeter

Date options: Thu 16 – Fri 17 April 2020 or Wed 24 – Thu 25 June 2020


At ATASS Sports, we apply cutting-edge statistical and mathematical techniques to forecast the results of sporting events, and in 2020 we’ll be running a special introductory training workshop on the statistical language R, and how it can be used to solve problems in the field of sports modelling.

During the two-day workshop (which we’ll be running twice – once in April, and once in June), you’ll learn the essentials of R from the ground up, and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with real sports data under the guidance of our expert statisticians. And of course, you’ll also get to sample the very best of West Country hospitality.

Full travel expenses and two nights of hotel accommodation (for Wed 15 & Thu 16 April, or Tue 23 & Wed 24 June) will be provided, along with entertainment at the end of day one.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. To apply, please visit and submit your CV, along with a paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend (200 words maximum).

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.