CEF Internships

When it comes to securing that all-important graduate job or PhD offer, it’s no longer enough just to have a good degree. Relevant work experience via an internship is now just as important as exam results to your future career and is one of the key attributes sought by graduate employers. Our Internship programme offers you a great opportunity to gain real life research experience in our research centre with state of the art equipment. You’ll receive a comprehensive learning experience to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations, as well as gain the skills and experience that is necessary to prepare for a successful career in research. Don’t just take our word for it below are two cases studies from this year’s interns.

Case study 1

I had not had any remote jobs before, so I did not really know what to expect. The application process was quite straightforward, and the interview was pleasant. The job proved to be well organized and my relationship with my supervisor and the team was great. I had to often ask questions, but my supervisor and the rest of the team were patient, very responsive and supportive all the time. This opportunity was very rewarding, I was part of a very knowledgeable team and got professional feedback and advice that will be useful in my future career. I’ve learned new technical skills complementary to my degree about state-of-the-art technologies in device characterization and new types of memory chips. Also, this internship was a chance to get a good taste of what research means, and to realize how rewarding it is in long term.

Case study 2

I learned a great deal about machine learning during this internship. I had never worked with it in the past so I had to start from the beginning, but with the support from my supervisors and being able to afford the time to learn about it, it was an excellent way to learn a bit about it and then use this newly acquired knowledge within the project. I also learned about ReRAM which is a technology I had not come across before this internship. Having an interest in the field in general, it was great fun to learn about a new technology. I got to gain an insight into how an academic research group operates. As I am interested in going into postgraduate research, I valued this experience highly as a way to see what work in academia is like outside of undergraduate work. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating and the work was very interesting. If anyone is interested in the work of the CEF and is considering research after graduating, I would recommend anyone to have an internship with CEF. Overall, this was a very enriching experience for my personal and professional development. I learned many new technical details with ReRAM and machine learning and had a valuable insight into academic research.

CEF Science Week 10 – 14 August 2020

10th August sees the start of CEF Science week, a week aimed at getting children into science with fun Homebase activities for children aged between 8 and 11.

Topics include sensors, batteries and luminescence with fun experiments using everyday items.

Each video starts with a cartoon explaining the science and then a fun experiment, at the end of the week you can send in your pictures and photos for the chance to be featured on the CEF website and win a prize.  

The time table with links to the videos can be downloaded below or on our Youtube

Have Fun!

CEF Seminar – 5G Enabling Networked Society

CEF are pleased to announce our next CEF Seminar will be on 5G Enabling Networked Society with Prof Dimitra Simeonidou on the 9th July at 12.00

To join the webinar please use this link – Join CEF Webinar

Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G/B5G and smart city infrastructures. She is increasingly working with Social Sciences on topics of digital transformation for society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G urban pilots.

She is the author and co-author of over 600 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards.

She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise and emergency networks.

Dimitra is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar

Laboratory-based research to commence

We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the cleanrooms and characterisation laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research and development work. This has been carried out following risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures to ensure safety is maintained on site at all times.

We are operating with reduced occupancy and added hygiene so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our utmost priority, and Government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so.

This is good news for our research and enterprise activities which have been impacted by the campus shutdown and means PhD students can also continue their studies.

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times.

Your generous support ensures our community continues to thrive.

Thank you.