Study Opportunities

With a vast array of habitats, species and ongoing scientific work, Cairngorms Connect offers various opportunities for students of all ages to interact and contribute to the project.  This ranges from work with local schools to funded PhD opportunities.  

We are occasionally able to host postgraduate (MSc/PhD) student placements of between 1–4 months. Students must have their own local transport and accommodation. If interested, please send your CV to Please note these opportunities depend greatly on staff availability and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on our requirements and the student’s area of interest and expertise.

Future Leaders Programme 2024 - Centre for Landscape Regeneration

The Centre for Landscape Regeneration (CLR) is offering 5 paid roles this summer working with Cairngorms Connect  with the aim to improve diversity and inclusion in environmental sciences and promote environmental science as a career. These roles are funded by UKRI NERC in line with the NERC Diversity and Inclusion Living Action Plan. 

These roles will offer the chance to be part of an ambitious programme of research that aims to provide the knowledge and tools needed to regenerate the Cairngorms Connect landscape. Exploring cost-effective nature-based solutions that harness the power of ecosystems to provide broad benefits including biodiversity recovery and climate mitigation and adaptation. Project assistants will be given the opportunity to gain experience of working on current research in climate change, biodiversity and environmental science in an impactful way.

Apply by: 23:59, Monday, 11th March 2024
Location: Cairngorms*
Salary: £12 an hour, 37 hours per week over 8 weeks and will receive 5 days of paid holiday leave.  
Duration: 15 July to 13 September 2024

*Please note that all project assistants on the Future Leaders Programme must be in person in Cambridge for the week commencing 15 July and the week commencing 2 September.

More information about the programme can be found here. Click the roles below for the individual position descriptions.


Landscape Scenario Modelling Project Assistants (x2)

Scottish Forests (Tree Biomass) Project Assistant

Scottish Forests (Root Biomass) Project Assistant

Scottish Peatlands Project Assistant




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