We are committed to the development of our future scientists and workforce.


Our work experience programme is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be involved with cutting edge agricultural scientific research as well as a variety of office based and support tasks. We hope students will gain a useful insight into the various aspects of our organization and the skills necessary for different careers.

At Rothamsted Research we offer school students work experience at both our sites in Harpenden (Hertfordshire) and North Wyke (Devon). Our work experience is normally aimed at Year 10 and Year 12 students. Year 12 students have the opportunity to be interviewed as part of the process if they wish to gain interview experience.

We can offer a wide range of areas to gain experience in, such as facilities, horticultural and administration areas. Scientific placements are based within specific teams where students will become involved in the work of that team. Activities will include:

  • Overview of Rothamsted Research
  • Tour to scientific facilities and field experiments
  • Health and Safety guidance
  • Insight into the day by day work of a scientist
  • Hands-on experience in laboratories
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Opportunity to meet researchers and to ask questions about their work


How to Apply

The 2020 placement periods are as follows:

  • w/c 2 March 2020 during National Careers Week
  • w/c 11 May 2020
  • w/c 29 June 2020
  • w/c 19 October 2020

We will be taking three students in each of these weeks. Our Early Career Researchers will be responsible for hosting these placements whilst students undertake their work experience.

Please download an application form to fill out and return to by Friday 27 December 2019. Decisions regarding successful candidates will be made in January 2020.