Horizon Digital Economy Research

To apply, please complete the Internships Application Form

Closing date: Friday 17th December

Applications must be made before Friday 17th December and are assessed on an ongoing basis.


Based at the University of Nottingham and/or remote, reporting to Dr James Pinchin, this programme is administered by Horizon at the University of Nottingham as part of the WiSeParks and SoDis projects.

Information regarding HorizonWiseParksSoDis, and Dr James Pinchin.

Proposed dates

These internships are available on a part-time basis for 10 hours per week, for a duration of 2 months. Proposed start date early February 2022.


The purpose of these roles is to support project staff in creating predictive models of space usage and occupant density. Long term visitor counts from urban open spaces will be used alongside data from university campus buildings to inform the model development.

Both the WiSeParks and SoDis projects have collected data on occupant density to measure historical or current space usage. This information is used in various ways, from evidencing the effect of changes to allowing space users to make the most effective use of the space.

The aim of these internships will be to determine if useful predictions of occupant density can be made based on available features in the data including time, weather and known events.

Who should apply?

Applicants should ideally have a degree in a subject which involves numerical methods for example mathematics, physics or computer science.

Applicants must outline their area of interest, experience and skills.

Required skills

  • Coding skills, familiarity with Python or Matlab.
  • Ability to seek and assimilate information relevant to the project aims.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team.
  • Writing skills to support writing of reports and academic publications.

Desirable skills

  • Ability to design MySQL queries.
  • Training in mathematics at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Eligibility and Financial Aspects

For postgraduate and undergraduate students, a casual wage of £483 per week (pro rata for part-time work) will be available, and this may be subject to tax deductions depending on the successful candidate’s circumstances and stipend stipulations.

In general, PhD students from The University of Nottingham are able to apply for part-time work within the hours allowed by the funding source. Full-time may be possible (up to 12 weeks) but please note that full-time positions are only available on the understanding the student suspends their stipend, this is due to the nature of the funding source. For overseas students a Visa must be in place, covering the duration of the internship.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries may be made to james.pinchin@nottingham.ac.uk however applications should be made using the following weblink. Applications to this email address will not be accepted.

To apply, please complete the Internships Application Form