Summer Student Projects 2024

The UK’s Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will be funding Summer Student Projects in the field of metamaterials across a few UK Universities in 2024.

Project list:

  1. Characterisation of 3D printable resins for the manufacture of adjustable acoustic metamaterials. University of Glasgow; contact Alicia Gardiner
  2. Time variant magneto-responsive metamaterials (MR-MM). Swansea University; contact Anil Bastola
  3. Dual band metamaterials: Fabrication of optically reconfigurable absorbers. University of Sheffield; contact Douglas Bowe
  4. Coupling chainmail inspired mechanical metamaterials with active honeycombs. Manchester Metropolitan University; contact Oliver Duncan


Eligibility: Due to funder restrictions, these projects are available to UK nationals only.

Length of the project: 8 weeks (between July & September – flexible start date)

Payment: National Minimum/Living Wage,; paid by the University of Exeter (holder of the UK Metamaterials Network funding from Dstl) through the eclaims system for max 37.5 hours/week.

Reporting requirements:

1. Each project will conclude with a 1 page report written by the undergraduate student (with support from the PGR/ECR supervisor if required and signed off by the ECR/academic lead) to be submitted concurrently with the final week of the project.

2. The project lead will summarise the key project information, data and findings in a short power point presentation that can be used for Dstl internal briefings within 2 weeks of the project end date.


Apply: Dstl-Metamaterials-summer-2024

If you are interested in multiple projects, please submit a response for each of them to explain your interests, what you would bring to the table, and what you hope to learn.

Application deadline: 21st April 2024

Interviews/outcomes: Interviews with the project leads will take place in May, and places will be confirmed shortly after the interview, aiming for end of May at the latest.

Points of contact for further questions: