Summer Student Projects 2023

The UK’s Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will be funding 5 Summer Student Projects in the field of metamaterials across a few UK Universities in 2023.

Project list:

  1. Active Elastic Metamaterials. University of Exeter; contact Gregory Chaplain
  2. Designing time-varying materials for acoustic frequency conversion. University of Exeter; contact James Capers
  3. Enabling Soft Robotics Communications with Spray-On Metasurfaces. University of Sheffield; contact Stephen Henthorn
  4. Quasicrystalline Layered Metamaterials for Thermal Control. Imperial College London; contact Bryn Davies
  5. Shape morphing, chain mail inspired metamaterials. Manchester Metropolitan University; contact Olly 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.

Relocation costs: If you are interested in a project for which you would need to relocate, we can discuss financial support from the UK Metamaterials Network towards the additional accommodation costs during the project duration if you are the successful candidate.

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-2023

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: 31 March 2023

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

Points of contact for further questions: