Alina Capatina – Random42

Screenshot of Alice Capatina with her PIPS colleagues

Alina Capatina, a third-year student at the University of York, completed her 3-month placement at Random42, a medical communications company situated in central London, specialised in producing 3D medical animations, documentary films, augmented and virtual reality as well as interactive experiences.  The placement was completed remotely due to the COVID lockdown.

The featured image is a screenshot of Alina with her PIPS colleagues in an online team meeting.   

What did you do?

During my placement I worked as part of the science team at Random42. I was sitting on client calls and taking notes regarding the scientific background of their desired animation, recording their visual and design preferences, as well as keeping track of their timeline and key deadlines. I was also in charge of doing the scientific research for several different projects and putting together scripts, which included both the narration of the animation and the scene directions.

Once the scripts were approved by the client, I would be in charge of designing a storyboard that would visually represent the content of the script, allowing the production team to understand the dynamics of the animation. This was particularly challenging, as scientific accuracy regarding not only the crystal structure of the proteins involved, but also their correct topology (e.g. for membrane proteins), was required.

Additionally, I also had the opportunity to record several voice-overs that would be added to the videos, until the animation was finalised, to help the production team synchronise the text and the visuals.

Overall, the placement allowed me to experiment with a variety of activities, each of them involving a different set of skills. I was thus able to become more flexible and self-confident and I learned to adapt very quickly, not only to different research topics, but also to different tasks, in order to complete my work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What made you want to do that particular placement?

My current PhD project is entirely lab-based and during my undergraduate degree I completed several lab-based summer internships, in an academic context, as well as a 12-month industrial lab-based placement. Therefore, I do have experience with experimental work, and I love being in the lab, which is why I thought that I should take advantage of the PIPS opportunity in order to experience something that is still related to science but that is completely different from what I have been doing so far. I am also a relatively quiet, introverted, and creative person that does not enjoy the spotlight that much, but prefers working behind the scenes. So, I thought I would look for a placement that would allow me to employ and develop my non-lab related skills.

When I discovered Random42, I instantly knew it was the right opportunity for me, it was a chance for me to be creative, play with images and put together stories, while learning more about different scientific topics. I saw a chance to use my scientific background to make information more accessible to the general public in a fun way. The work I have been doing at Random42 taught me to always question (‘What is the final purpose of my research?’, ‘How is it going to impact people?’), as well as reminding me that I should not get caught up in little details, but always try to detach myself and see the bigger picture. It was an extremely valuable experience both on a personal and a professional level.

How did you go about finding and planning your PIPS?

For me, the process of finding my placement was very short and straightforward. I started by looking at the list of places where other WR DTP students have completed their PIPs in previous years, and that is where I found Random42. I spent a few good hours reading about their work on their website, had a look at some of their videos, I even watched a documentary that they contributed to, and I really liked their work. So, I sent an email to them with my CV, expressing my interest in their company. On the same day I got a reply saying that they would be very happy to have me. Just before completing all the paperwork, I also got in touch with the student who completed her PIPS with this company the year before, and she had very good feedback about the work and the people working there. That gave me a lot of confidence about the company, so I decided to go through with the paperwork and in the end it all turned out very well.

What have you gained from doing your PIPS?

I really enjoyed my PIPS, mostly for the fact that it allowed me to experiment with a variety of activities that are very different from my daily lab work. I think one of the most important things that I gained from this placement was more self-confidence. In this placement I was put in a completely new environment with completely new tasks and I had to learn and adapt very quickly, and complete all my work according to specific deadlines, which would often change throughout the day. It was a type of work that required a lot of flexibility and plasticity as well as teamwork and good communication with supervisors and co-workers. The fact that I managed to face this challenge in a way that made my supervisors very happy, and the fact that I felt valued and appreciated for my work, gave me great confidence in my skills and knowledge, and I became more open-minded and braver in terms of my aspirations regarding future career choices.

How would you sum up your PIPS experience?

One known fact about our memory is that we tend to forget actions and facts, but we always remember how something, or someone, made us feel. Therefore, if I was to sum up my placement experience in a way that is meaningful to me, I would say: exciting, creative, empowering, and eye-opening.

What advice would you give to other PGRs about PIPS?

I think it is very important to make the most out of every opportunity we have. I m very happy working in the lab right now, but that might change in the future, and I wanted to use this PIPS opportunity to research what else it is out there that I could happily do. I think the best advice would be to try and use the PIPS as a chance to learn more about yourselves, see what else you like, get out of your comfort zone, and just try something different. It is an amazing opportunity to experience because you have nothing to lose, but you might just gain a lot more than you think.

Editor’s Note: You can find information on how to apply to do your PIPS with Random42 here.

Sense About Science – Apply by 3rd Jan 2022

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Closing date: 11:59pm, Monday 3rd January 2022.

At Sense about Science, we have new opportunities available for internships from January 2022 onwards. Our internships are currently running on a hybrid basis, and we hope to move to in-person where possible in 2022. We will continuously review the situation in accordance with government advice across the UK. I would be grateful if you could advertise our internship opportunities to your early career cohorts via your normal channels and media.

Background on Sense about Science

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policymaking. We equip people to ask the right questions, we equip researchers to answer them in human, and we work with both to advocate better standards of evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and strive to open up socially or scientifically difficult issues where evidence is neglected, conflicting or misunderstood.

We don’t advocate for understanding and loving science, or for the funding of science. Instead, we work with decision-makers, community groups and world-leading researchers to equip the public, policymakers and journalists with good questions to ask and insights into evidence, particularly on difficult issues, where our intervention can really make a difference to the way that a topic is discussed in society.

Description of the internship

An internship at Sense about Science is a very rewarding experience, as no two days are the same. It is a fulfilling way to work across communications, policy and public engagement and develop key professional skills and contacts that will serve you well in your future. Depending on the timing of your placement, you’ll be able to work on a number of projects and programmes:

  • Voice of Young Science: The opportunity to contribute to the organisation of a Voice of Young Science (VoYS) workshop and help to facilitate the event on the day. VoYS is a unique and dynamic network of early career researchers across Europe committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. By responding to public misconceptions about science and evidence and engaging with the media, policymakers and the public, this active community of 4,000+ researchers is changing the way the public and the media view science and scientists. Members are trained to promote scientific questioning in society and take responsibility for improving the quality of discussion about research findings. Our Standing up for Science workshops equip researchers to engage with the public, journalists and policymakers – helping them to ask useful questions and put research findings and real-world events in context. Organising a workshop will give you the opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills and learn about effective public, policy and media engagement.
  • Evidence Week: Evidence Week is our flagship policy event where we bring together MPs, policy advisers and community speakers to discuss the case that evidence matters to people and share knowledge and insights that will help policymakers scrutinise evidence. The week involves events, briefing and evidence stands that parliamentarians can visit in person and online. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in evidence-based policymaking, because you will have the inside track into the organisation of Evidence Week. There may be opportunities to communicate and engage with MPs and peers and their policy advisers. In 2022, this event is intended to take place in a hybrid format with in-person and online aspects in the summer, as well as an additional event for the Scottish Parliament in the autumn. There will be opportunities to work on the organisation of both of these events throughout the year. The intern will work closely with the policy and research manager and the policy officers to organise Evidence Week.
  • John Maddox Prize: The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. The prize is a joint initiative of Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. The prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher. You will contribute towards compiling nominations and working with the team to shortlist nominations, ready for the judging to take place in the autumn. It is an opportunity to learn organisational and evaluation skills, and get to know the work of some amazing researchers around the world who are striving to stand up for science and evidence.

Essential skills

  • Ability to identify and use initiative to solve problems
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work
  • A flair for clear, engaging writing
  • Friendly manner
  • Candidates should be familiar with and share the Sense about Science ethos regarding the public interest in sound science and evidence

 Other details 

We typically have at least two interns in our London office. Our standard offer is three months (a good fit for PIPS), but we are occasionally able to be flexible.

Working arrangements will take consideration of government advice on Covid-19.

How to apply

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills match the requirements to Dr Hamid Khan, Programme Manager: hamid@senseaboutscience.org

Closing date: 11:59pm, Monday 3rd January 2022.

 

Random42 science communication: rolling deadline

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Random42 Scientific Communications Internship

Although this is a rolling deadline, applications are encouraged as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.

About us

Random42 provides digital scientific communication solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and we have an in-house team of PhD level scientists who work on content and client management. Random42 consists of scientists, artists, animators and programmers, who collaborate to effortlessly intertwine the worlds of science, art and technology, producing some of the most impactful scientific imagery, stories and interactive experiences.

Find out more here: https://random42.com/

See also the blog posts written by our recent PIPS interns:

Sarah Stevenson (nee Gratton): https://www.whiterose-mechanisticbiology-dtp.ac.uk/sarah-gratton-random42-scientific-communications/ 

Ashley Hayes: Watch out for Ashley’s PIPS case study coming soon on the DTP website!

What you will do

The PIPS intern would join our medical team to work on the following areas day to day:

  • Researching background information for new projects
  • Drafting short scripts – This involves putting together a word document that includes the narration and a description of the visuals to be paired up with the voice-over
  • Referencing scripts (each statement must be backed up by recent publications)
  • Putting together reference packs and adding annotations to storyboards
  • Sitting in on client calls to gain live-feedback on scripts and project progress
  • Making script/reference amends as requested by clients
  • Researching specific protein structures via the Protein Data Bank and drug molecules via Pubchem, to ensure a high level of scientific accuracy in projects
  • Putting together storyboards to brief to our production team
  • Spend time with our Production Director to see the process of modelling various structures, and how these are then turned into a scene and animated
  • Gain an understanding of the whole project process, from script to voice over recording, animation and delivery of the final video

Benefits to the student

  • Client management skills
  • Writing skills for different audiences
    Working with creatives
  • Digital asset approval processes
  • Quality checking
  • Brief writing and presenting

Benefits to the company

Previous interns have had a huge impact on projects, helping push them to completion in time for deadlines, checking quality and scientific accuracy, gathering background information and helping to form storylines. In short, they become one of the team!

Ideal candidate

A keen eye for detail, a creative mind and a drive to get things done for deadlines.

When

3 months, available to start ASAP.

Where

114-116 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2HH, UK

The internship can be done in-person or entirely remotely as we work on a hybrid system.

Contact details for queries

Eleanor Spreckley, email: eleanor@random42.com

How to apply

Please email eleanor@random42.com with your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested at working at R42.

Deadline for applications

Interested students can apply at any time.  However, this is a popular internship so  applications are encouraged to apply ASAP.

UKRI-BBSRC Global Challenges – Apply by 5 Nov 2021

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Professional Internships to Support UKRI-BBSRC Strategic Analysis and Communication of Impacts from Research Projects Focused on Tackling Global Challenges
An opportunity exists for two Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) placements within the International team of UKRI-BBSRC, with a focus on International Development.

Download the flyer for more information: 2022 UKRI BBSRC Global Challenges flyer

Where

This placement is offered on either a remote-working basis or a combination of in-person and remote working at the UKRI BBSRC offices in Swindon.

Contact

Queries relating to the project to be directed to Heather Alford (heather.alford@bbsrc.ukri.org).

How to apply 

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th November 2021.  Completed application forms to be sent to pips@bbsrc.ukri.org

Download the application form here: 2022 UKRI BBSRC Global Challenges applic form

Interviews will be held the week of 15th and/or 22nd November 2021 by Zoom. You should ideally be available to start your placement in January 2022, but this can be negotiated.

 

Badrilla Product Development – Apply by 30th Sep 2021

Duration:          12 weeks full time, or longer part-timeBadrilla logo

Location:          Leeds, UK

Start date:        Oct/Nov 2021

 

Company details | https://badrilla.com

Badrilla Ltd is a life science reagents company based in Leeds. We manufacture antibodies, chemistry kits and reference materials for biomedical research communities. These products are used by academics and pharmaceutical industry researchers world-wide.

The role

The internship will offer a chemically minded PhD student a chance to define the development of new research product(s). Taking one area of our business (e.g. S-palmitoylation), the intern will perform market research to review the needs of the field, and develop a proposal for the development of products to meet those needs. This proposal will evaluate the intellectual property landscape of the candidate product to ensure freedom to operate and will define the manufacturing and characterisation plan to create the product. Ideally, you will build a product prototype.

Responsibilities

  • Review the scientific literature and market research to identify unmet needs of the target field
  • Prioritise the opportunities from a commercial perspective
  • Prioritise product development plans by primary market research
  • Create a product specification
  • Analyse the Intellectual Property landscape (freedom to operate) of the proposition
  • Develop a manufacturing and characterisation plan for the product
  • Manufacture a product prototype

Benefits to the student

The student will enhance their critical/analytical skills as applied to the development of commercial strategy; gain knowledge of Intellectual Property management; and lead an investment proposition within the company.

Benefits to the Company

The student will enhance our understanding of a field of growing importance in biomedicine, and extend the product offering to this field.

Ideal candidate

  • Ph.D. student focussed on chemical biology, biochemistry or related with a particular interest in protein science
  • Knowledge, experience and vision to identify future trends in research fields
  • Interdisciplinary & inventive mindset
  • Good analytical and presentation skills
  • Good knowledge of chemistry and protein chemistry

Contact John Colyer, j.colyer@badrilla.com

How to apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to John Colyer by 30th Sep, 2021. Interviews will be held during early October for a start ideally in October/November 2021.  However, please also feel free to enquire if you are looking at a placement with a later potential start date.

 

Sygnature Discovery – Rolling deadline for 2022

The Bioscience PIP (Professional Internship for PhD students) placement at Sygnature provides BBSRC-funded DTP PhD students the opportunity to broaden their research experience through exposure to a well-defined 3-month project in a pharmaceutical drug discovery setting. The project could involve techniques ranging from biophysics and enzymology to cell imaging, and include all elements from planning, independent lab work and analysis to presentation of results, within a growing and highly respected team.

Applicants should be pursuing a PhD in Biology or a related discipline. We mainly operate from our purpose-built facilities in BioCity, Nottingham, but also at Alderley Park, Cheshire and we are open to students undertaking their placement at either facility.

For more information about this placement and how to apply, click the link below:

https://www.sygnaturediscovery.com/careers/vacancies/phd-placement-students-pip-bioscience/

 

HM Government open innovation policy – Deadline: 19 Sep 2021

I would like to inform you that today we are launching our recruitment round for our PhD placement programme for 2022. Applications are open from today until

Deadline for applications is 11.55pm on Sunday 19th September 2021.

For more information, download the flyer below.  There is a link to apply embedded into the flyer or use the direct link to the application form if needed – http://bit.ly/3BJqBro.

Roz Latham – UKRI policy intern at The Royal Society

Roz Latham is a PhD student at the University of Leeds who did a 3-month remote placement with The Royal Society (RS), who are based in London. The RS is the UK’s National Academy of Science and has diverse functions, from funding and publishing scientific research, to public and educational engagement, to policy advice, among others. Read Roz’s case study below to find out what she got involved in and how she decided to pursue this placement!

What did you do?

I worked in The Royal Society’s Policy function – ‘Policy’ is the principles or course of action that an organisation (often the Government) sets to direct their actions in a particular area. For example, the Government’s science policy will dictate how much money the Government will invest in R&D or how to regulate different scientific technologies, to name a few. The Royal Society acts as one of many policy-advice bodies. This means they conduct research to understand the policy landscape and then write policy briefings/proposals for the Government to help them decide what policy to adopt. Such research includes desk-based research (reading news articles, other organisations’ reports, academic papers) and convening key stakeholders (academic experts, government departments, etc.) to discuss the issues at hand and collaboratively shape the policy for that area. My work was in the Genetic Technologies policy team. This team had two key streams of work and I was actively involved in both.

The majority of my work supported the RS’s policy proposal for how the UK should regulate the products of gene editing and genetic modification post-Brexit, as a follow up to their response to Defra’s consultation on the matter in 2021. I worked closely with my manager to map the policy landscape (i.e. what the UK and other countries currently do), and challenges to implementing the RS’s desired outcome (to regulate GE/GM based on the product not the process used to produce it). I attended meetings with key stakeholders (Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor Gideon Henderson, leading plant science researchers and others) to listen to the highest-level discussions on the regulatory reforms – it was amazing to get exposure to such senior people across the public and academic sectors and listen to world experts discuss real regulatory challenges and opportunities. I also participated in smaller meetings with academics from Rothampsted Research to get their expert insights into the plant breeding process, and I was encouraged to lead the conversations which was a great opportunity. Alongside this broader work my key deliverables were to write an extended policy report on how the UK could incorporate non-safety considerations (ethics, sustainability, economics etc) into the new GE/GM regulations that will be created post-Brexit. My meetings with stakeholders as well as plenty of desk-based research fed into this, as did continuous feedback and guidance from my manager. I then turned this extended report into a 4 page ‘PostNote’ style policy briefing, intended as an executive summary to make the information accessible to a wider audience who don’t have the time or need to read the whole report (this is a common exercise in the policy world). I also initiated and led a workstream to develop the Royal Society’s support for employees with hidden disabilities, and wrote a briefing on how this could be done. To come away with concrete deliverables was really rewarding and gave focus and direction to my placement.

The other aspect of my work with the gene-tech team was to help organise the Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing. I sat in on the monthly summit-planning committee meetings, whose members included multiple Nobel Laureates and other world experts in gene-editing technologies, law, bioethics, clinical medicine and regulations. This gave me incredible exposure to the most high-level discussions from world experts on how to shape the International Summit. My work included minute taking and metrics gathering and analysis.

Overall, my work was diverse, interesting and very rewarding. I can’t recommend a policy placement with the RS more.

What made you want to do that particular placement?

I became aware of Policy as a potential career route from my sister who is a policy advisor in the Civil Service, and after learning more about it from her I thought it could match my skill set and interests well. I saw the UKRI policy internship scheme advertised and I chose The Royal Society as my first-choice host organisation (more details below). I chose the RS because they had a Genetic Technologies team and as I work in gene-editing for my PhD and am very interested in how to regulate gene-tech to maximise societal benefit and minimise harm, this was the perfect fit for me. Also, the RS has a historic and international reputation as one of the world-leading authorities on science policy, and has access to the most important and influential science and policy stakeholders so I knew I would get a lot of exposure and great insights working with them.

How did you go about finding and planning your PIPS?

Having identified Policy as an area I wanted to experience I kept an eye on the WR newsletter for PIPs opportunities.  I saw the UKRI policy internship scheme advertised and went through their application process – most Policy internships available to PGRs are provided through this UKRI policy internship scheme. There are ~30 ‘host organisations’ that you choose from (selecting your first and second choice) and adapt your application to your chosen host organisation, but using the centralised UKRI application portal and deadlines.

Having gone through the application process (CV, answers to questions such as ‘why this host organisation, why policy, describe your PhD in 250 words to a non-science audience’, and writing a 2 page policy briefing on a topic of my choice), I was selected for interview via Zoom. When I was offered the place I was in touch with a member of the RS directly to arrange my start date and delivery of my IT equipment as I worked from home due to the pandemic. Overall, it was a very easy process.

What have you gained from doing your PIPS?

I’ve gained a great taste for policy research (although I recognise policy research at a Learned Society is very different to that working for the Government).  It’s given me a lot of motivation to pursue this as a career, which is what I’d hoped to get out of my PIPs. I’ve had great exposure to influential people, seen first-hand a glimpse how regulations are formed, gained confidence in my abilities outside of anything I’ve ever tried before, developed policy-writing skills and just overall had a really fun time!

How would you sum up your PIPS experience?

I had a really great time on my PIPs. The team at the RS were so friendly, fun, supportive and interesting. I had great mentorship from my manager and had monthly catch-ups with the Chief Science Policy Officer along with other interns, so interns at the RS are really respected and valued. Despite working from home I actually ‘met’ lots of people (as an intern you’re encouraged to network outside of your team and learn what other people at the RS do) so I have come away with some great relationships. I had to be proactive to set myself challenging targets, but because I did I had such a rewarding, stimulating and stretching experience that has given me skills, experience and confidence to take back to my PhD and for the future job hunt.

What advice would you give to other PGRs about PIPS?

I think with every PIPS you get out what you put in. I had to be proactive and push for objectives, set myself stretching targets with the guidance of my manager, and take the initiative to develop workstreams in areas I was passionate about. But the RS is the perfect place to do that as I was given the autonomy and support to do so. If after some research you think you’d be genuinely interested in science policy and want a place that gives you creative freedom to explore different areas, skills and situations then I’d really recommend the RS’s Policy placement.

Other advice is to be proactive at looking for these opportunities: the UKRI policy internship scheme only opens for applications once a year. And the application process is pretty intense (it took me a whole week as I had to write a policy briefing from scratch + other application questions) so check out what the deadlines are and what you need to do before them. Also do your research on the organisation, whether you are inspired by their work and think you’d like to work for them after your PhD. Try and use your network to see if you can get in contact with anyone who’s done a placement with that organisation before (very useful for interview prep).

Overall, be proactive and also be excited at the opportunity to try something new for 3 months and think about whether that could inspire a future career.

Note from the DTP Co-ordinator:

Think you might be interested in a UKRI policy internship? 

The annual application portal for the UKRI policy internships has recently opened for placements to take place in 2022.  The closing date for applications is 4th October 2021.  For more information on the scheme and how to apply, see the PIPS advert on this website – note the information about expenses – and follow the link from there: 

UKRI policy internships for 2022.

UKRI policy internships – Deadline: 4 Oct 2021

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The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2020/21 is now open and the closing date for applications is 16.00 on 4 October 2021.

The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UKRI to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available through the UK Research & Innovation policy internships webpage.

Notes from the DTP:

Expenses – The UKRI provides eligible travel and accommodation costs up to £2,400. In addition, you can claim up to a maximum of £1,000 from the DTP as a PIPS allowance. You therefore have a potential amount of £3,400 available for travel and accommodation. We would expect this to cover the full cost of the internship.

Information and advice – DTP students have previously undertaken UKRI policy internships. Feel free to get in touch with your local PIPS contact to ask if they know of any current students they can put you in touch with for an informal chat about the placement and how to find accommodation, etc.

Biotech YES21 competition now open!

The Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is an innovative global competition developed to raise awareness among early career researchers how ideas can be commercialised. Being part of the competition has many benefits to PGRs. The annual YES competition is now open for entries for 2021.

Second call deadline: Friday 24 September 2021

For lots of information about this exciting competition and how to have a chance of winning the £15K prize, see the full page: click here.

Proteintech – Deadline: 17 Sep 2021

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Proteintech, we are looking to offer an internship placement to PhD students. Proteintech is a Biotech company specialising in antibodies and related reagents, and our Europe headquarters are based in Manchester City Centre.

The internship at Proteintech would offer students biotech industry experience with a focus on scientific communications, marketing and events management. The European Team is small and friendly, with the students being closely managed by Dr Rebecca Northeast and the Managing Director. The students will be involved in activities in all sectors of the company, Marketing, R&D and Sales, and the aim is to provide good careers advice and continued support for future applications.

More information regarding the internship can be found in the attached advert.

The closing date for applications is 17th September 2021.

MORF coding – Apply anytime

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MORF is a web-based platform for storing, sharing and interrogating multi-omics data. It was custom built in the Thomas group at York as part of the DETOX project, for which it is a key resource for analysing and disseminating project data. MORF is now being developed as a service for academics and industry to use for their own data, either for their own primary analysis and use or for data dissemination through publications and other routes.

We are looking for a PIPS intern with a strong interest in programming to work in the MORF team, developing the platform and delivering MORF projects for clients. As well as having the chance to put their coding skills to the test, the intern will join the exciting journey to commercialise MORF!

Candidate requirements

Essential:

  • Experience of programming with Python and R.
  • BSc in biology or a related subject
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable

  • Web development with JavaScript
  • Good knowledge of ‘omics technologies and microbiology

Placement

This opportunity is expected to be fulfilled remotely by a candidate with access to their own computer and internet, supported by in person meetings in York with the MORF team. The candidate will develop their coding skills and apply this to data visualization, integration and analysis problems to help improve the functionality of the tool. Experience in teamwork, time management and customer facing communication will be gained. There may also be opportunities to contribute to publications in this role.

Application Details

Please contact MORF Business Manager Joyce Bennett for informal enquiries and to submit your application and cover letter: joyce.bennett@york.ac.uk

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APHA (DEFRA) at York – Deadline: 15th July 2021

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The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is an executive agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). We are looking for a PIPS intern to work within the APHA Wildlife Department, based near York. The department is a nationally important centre for wildlife disease management with multidisciplinary skills in epidemiology, statistics, and field ecology.

The position is for three months. The placement ends in October 2021, but the start date is flexible. The working pattern can be flexible, but you will be expected to spend some part of your time on site.

For further details, including how to apply, download the flyer:

The application deadline is 15th July 2021.

Swift Analytical marketing & sales – Apply immediately

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Swift Analytical is a family owned, York based distribution company providing cutting edge solutions for scientists in the biotech and life science sectors. Our exciting product portfolio is centred around bioprinting, tissue engineering, 3D cell culture and characterisation and regenerative medicine. Our customers range from start-ups, blue chip and academic institutions mainly in the UK.

We have an opportunity for at least one PIPS internship starting immediately to support our sales team with a range of frontline sales support activities including customer demonstrations, webinar presentations and brand building.

We are looking for at least one PIPS intern to take us through to the end of 2021 and at least one intern for 2022.

Download the flyer for more information, including how to apply.

ADAS Field Experimentation – Deadline: 12th June 2021

Field Experimentation to Optimise Oats Nutrition for Yield and Quality

About ADAS

ADAS (www.adas.uk ) is the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. We have over 400 staff across the country covering >80 disciplines.

Our combination of insight and practical experience, underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information allows us to meet the needs of both our domestic and international clients.

The placement project and skills

The successful candidate will be working on an AHDB (www.ahdb.org.uk/cereals-oilseeds)  and Industry-funded project. The work aims to provide advice on the most appropriate nitrogen rates and timings plus sulphur applications to optimise winter and spring oats’ yields and milling quality. There are a currently a number of field experiments established around the country and we would like the student to manage the pre-harvest sampling of these experiments.

The work will involve writing protocols, carrying out practical field work, measurements of samples, data entry and data analysis. It will be an important aspect of the overall project as it will improve the understanding of the effect of nitrogen and sulphur on oats biomass and nitrogen uptake and partitioning.

The student will be working closely with the project manager and field team at ADAS but will take charge of this part of the oats project. There will also be opportunities to work with the field team to deliver a range of other cereals and oilseed rape projects looking at varieties, fungicide and plant growth regulator effects.

The student will gain insights into working in a commercial research environment, including skills in effective time and project management, team-working, practical field-work skills plus data management and reporting. There will be an opportunity to present results to the project consortium at the end of the placement.

Candidate requirements

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, willing to work outdoors or in an office with a degree of flexibility. Good time management and ability to work alone or as part of a team. Skills in Word, Excel and statistics.

Candidates will require a full, clean, driving licence and access to a car as the site is not accessible via public transport.

Placement details – when and where

This will be a part time (3 days per week) placement over 5 months, starting in July 2021, with some flexibility in this.

The placement will be based at the following ADAS site, although visits will need to be made to other field sites:

ADAS Gleadthorpe, Meden Vale, Mansfield, NG20 NPD

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Sarah.Clarke@adas.co.uk .

Deadline for applications: 12th June 2021

Proteintech communications/ marketing/ events- Deadline: 30th June 2021

Another internship opportunity for you to apply for, with Proteintech – an international biotechnology company, based in their Manchester office for 12 weeks over the summer.

https://www.ptglab.com/about-us/company-profile/

The internship aims to offer PhD students experience in the biotech industry with a focus on scientific communications, marketing, and events management.

Responsibilities:
• Scientific content writing –blogs, product focuses, marketing content, technical application tips
• Events – helping organise and run events for the Scientific community, including Early-Career Researcher Meetings, Post-Doc Appreciation days, Technical Webinars
• Digital marketing – working on website improvement, providing technical content for digital channels, social media content
• Market feedback – performing market research, interviewing other scientists to collect feedback on Proteintech activities
• Flexibility – freedom to use their own expertise and sphere of influence to generate content and increase awareness of Proteintech with other scientists

Download the flyer for more information:

How to apply

Applications via CV and covering letter to Rebecca Northeast: rebecca@ptglab.com and Kier Wilkinson: kier@ptglab.com

Deadline: 30th June 2021

ABPI Science Communication – Apply by 27 Apr21

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12 weeks PIPS project 2021: Science Communication

Background information

The ABPI exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines. We represent companies of all sizes who invest in discovering the medicines of the future.

Website: https://abpi.org.uk/#03c6c108

Our members supply cutting edge treatments that improve and save the lives of millions of people. We work in partnership with Government and the NHS so patients can get new treatments faster and the NHS can plan how much it spends on medicines. Every day, we partner with organisations in the life sciences community and beyond to transform lives across the UK.

As part of ABPI’s work to communicate on the discovery, development, regulation and manufacture of medicines, we have an award-winning Resources for Schools website (https://www.abpischools.org.uk/) with interactive content and animations to support science teaching and learning for teachers and young people. The resources are in line with the curriculum, and many of them link topics studied in school to their application in industry and research. All our resources link science topics covered in school to the world outside and, particularly, to the treatment of disease.

Project offered

The ABPI is offering an exciting opportunity for a PIPS student to apply bioscience knowledge in a science communication context. In Quarter 3 2021, the ABPI will be launching a new schools’ website which will be aiming to broaden its audience from the existing regular user base.

This 12 week project centres around medicine development and the student will conduct online research and liaise with subject experts and other external stakeholders to produce written and interactive content which will inform on the research requirements for developing medicines and wider associated curriculum areas, whilst engaging a variety of audiences across the school education pathway.

The output of the project is expected to include:

  • Specialised content to support the launch of the new ABPI schools’ website, focussing on areas of identified curriculum need
  • Content for animations and diagrams for use on our award-winning schools’ website to support public engagement in schools
  • Slide deck to support ABPI’s commitment to raising awareness of AMR across a variety of stakeholders

The student will be working within the Research, Medical & Innovation team and will liaise with colleagues across ABPI and within our member companies. Should there be any opportunities for attendance at internal meetings or on pharmaceutical site visits, the student will be able to take advantage of these.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who would meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face-to-face meetings depending on Government guidance in relation to Covid and company policy.

Timing

The exact timing can be confirmed with the successful applicant, though we would expect this to be undertaken with a start date in Quarter 2-3 2021.  We anticipate the project to run for 12 weeks. This is a contract for Monday to Friday 9-5pm, with a one hour lunch break.

Location

The project is currently entirely remote working. There may be some scope for days at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT, dependant on Covid developments.   All IT equipment required to undertake the project will be supplied to you.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project is a great opportunity to gain and develop science communication experience, with similar projects in the past having provided opportunities to develop contacts which could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry. The successful applicant can be expected to be treated as a member of the ABPI Research, Medical & Innovation Team, and as such, will benefit from professional development, cross functional working, interaction with wider stakeholders and an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.

Funding

Normally we would reimburse modest travel expenses however, we are currently working remotely.   If during the project you are required to travel to our offices in London Victoria or to a pharmaceutical site visit, travel expenses and reasonable lunch expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Applications

A CV and covering letter should be sent to Andrew Croydon, Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director, ABPI (acroydon@abpi.org.uk), by close of business Tuesday 27th April 2021.  Should you have any questions prior to applying, these should be sent to Alice Coburn, Education Executive, ABPI (acoburn@abpi.org.uk).

 

ABPI Exam Digitalisation – apply by 27 Apr21

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Institute (ABPI) logo

12 weeks PIPS project 2021: Exam digitalisation

Background information

The ABPI exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines. We represent companies of all sizes who invest in discovering the medicines of the future.

Website: https://abpi.org.uk/#03c6c108

Our members supply cutting edge treatments that improve and save the lives of millions of people. We work in partnership with Government and the NHS so patients can get new treatments faster and the NHS can plan how much it spends on medicines.

Every day, we partner with organisations in the life sciences community and beyond to transform lives across the UK.

One role undertaken by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is delivery of the professional ABPI Medical Representatives Exam, taken by those who call upon doctors, dentists, and other UK prescribers and/or promote medicines based on their therapeutic properties. ​This includes representatives from virtually all pharmaceutical companies with UK operations.

Integrity of the Exam is crucial to building and maintaining the trust and reputation of the UK pharmaceutical industry.

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, paper-based exams that were held monthly at venues across the country were cancelled and the ABPI have since moved all examinations online. In the coming months, we are introducing a new examination platform which will provide for increased focus on digital learning.

Please note: since the Covid pandemic reached the UK, the ABPI has successfully undertaken virtual onboarding of several interns.

Project offered

Following on from previous successful PIPS internships for other projects, we are once again, seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in an examinations and education context.

This 12 week project seeks to contribute to the development of the online ABPI Medical Representatives Examination learning materials. The output of the project will be the successful delivery of the newly formatted exam learning content which will be important in maintaining integrity of the industry as the world continues to move to remote learning. The online resources will significantly support our candidates on their learning journey.

The applicant will be expected to support the ABPI Education and Examinations Executive with development through liaising with internal teams, external providers, and the ABPI Exam Governance Committee and Exam Steering Group. Alongside this role, there may be the opportunity for the applicant to contribute to updating and/or incorporating new material to the exam, and development of new qualifications.

The intern will be working within the Research, Medical & Innovation team and may also need to liaise with individuals within ABPI member companies. Should there be any opportunities for attendance at internal meetings or on pharmaceutical site visits, the intern will be able to take advantage of these. Whilst we remain working remotely, opportunity for face-to-face contact will be minimal, however there will be many virtual opportunities to engage with members.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who will meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face-to-face meetings depending on Government guidance in relation to covid and company policy.

Timing

The exact timing can be confirmed with the successful applicant, though we would expect this to be undertaken with a start date in Quarter 3 2021. We anticipate the project to run for 12 weeks. This is a contract for Monday to Friday 9-5pm, with a one hour lunch break.

Location

The project is currently entirely remote working. There may be some scope for days at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT, dependant on Covid developments.  All IT equipment required to undertake the project will be supplied to you.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project is a great opportunity to gain and develop science communication experience, with similar projects in the past having provided opportunities to develop contacts which could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry. The successful applicant can be expected to be treated as a member of the ABPI Research, Medical & Innovation Team, and as such, will benefit from professional development, cross functional working, interaction with wider stakeholders and an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.

Funding

Normally we would reimburse modest travel expenses however, we are currently working remotely. If during the project you are required to travel to our offices in London Victoria or to a pharmaceutical site visit, travel expenses and reasonable lunch expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Applications

A CV and covering letter should be sent to Andrew Croydon, Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director, ABPI (acroydon@abpi.org.uk), by close of business Tuesday 27th April 2021.  Should you have any questions prior to applying, these should be sent to Alice Coburn, Education Executive, ABPI (acoburn@abpi.org.uk).

 

The Babraham Institute – Tech Transfer and Innovation – apply anytime

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Remote working opportunity

About the organisation

The Babraham Institute undertakes world-leading research into understanding the biology of how our bodies work, including what changes as we age and during disease. Our research is split into three programmes: Epigenetics, Signalling, and Immunology, and is supported by strategic programme grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with additional funding from research councils, the EU and charities.

We maximise the impact of our research through Knowledge Exchange, Commercialisation and Public Engagement activities. We do this by collaborating with other academics, policy makers, charities, schools, the general public and industry, including companies on the Babraham Research Campus. Commercialisation is achieved in collaboration with the Institute’s wholly-owned trading arm, Babraham Institute Enterprise Limited.

Project

Biomedical and Biotechnology Innovation Evaluation and Technology Transfer

The Institute’s Commercialisation team is seeking a student interested in working on a range of projects that will provide training and insight into activities typical of a technology transfer professional in an academic environment, and the activities undertaken to enable research to have a real-world impact. As the commercialisation team is small, the student will have an opportunity to contribute to a wide range of projects, with their work having a real impact on the group’s activities.

Internship projects would be assigned in consultation with the student, according to their interests and expertise, when considering those projects active at the Institute during placement period. As the team deals with potentially valuable, cutting-edge innovations specific project details cannot be provided before the student signs an undertaking to treat all data in confidence, however activities would likely involve:

  • research into markets, technologies and clinical trials to understand the potential for new translational opportunities coming out of the Institute’s Immunology, Epigenetics and Signalling departments;
  • developing the team’s knowledge of funding and collaboration sources and contacts;
  • improvement of the team’s technology transfer database;
  • commercial contract drafting experience.

Candidate Requirements

An interest in technology transfer activities. Although not essential, a candidate would ideally have research expertise in the fields of immunology, cell signalling or epigenetics.

How to Apply

To express your interest in this placement, please send a CV and covering letter to the contact email included below. We will then follow up to discuss your interests, skills and which tech transfer project would best suit you.

Contact

Dr Emily Boyce

Knowledge Exchange Manager

email: kec@babraham.ac.uk

Qiagen – Placements Aug21-Sep22

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About the organisation

QIAGEN is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world. QIAGEN employ approximately 5,000 people in over 35 locations worldwide.
Our mission is to make improvements in life possible by enabling our customers to achieve outstanding success and breakthroughs in life sciences, applied testing, pharma and molecular diagnostics.
Our commitment to the markets, customers and patients we serve drives our innovation and leadership in all areas where our Sample to Insight technologies are required. The exceptional talent, skill and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value.

Website: https://www.qiagen.com/us/

Where

QIAGEN Manchester Ltd
Skelton House
Lloyd Street North
Manchester
M15 6SH

NB You may need to enquire about remote-working depending on the coronovirus lockdown rules and organisational structures in place at the time of applying.

Project outline

In QIAGEN Manchester we focus on delivering solutions which facilitate personalised
healthcare.  You will join a highly motivated team working on developing Molecular diagnostic PCR based assays.  Duties that will be required:

  • Design, plan and perform studies for individual research project to support the
    development of new diagnostic products
  • Ensuring that experiments are completed to the required quality and regulatory
    standards
  • Analyse and present results in written reports
  • Working as part of the product development team to ensure a safe and efficient
    laboratory environment

Essential Skills

  • University degree and currently completing a PhD in a relevant field
  • Experience in molecular biology (PCR, RT-PCR, primer design, NGS)
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Planning and problem solving
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated

Skills Developed during Placement

  • Working experience in a professional environment
  • Experience in new molecular biology techniques
  • Day to day work following quality and regulatory standards

How to apply

Submit your application to the following contacts at QIAGEN:
James Curran (James.Curran@qiagen.com)
Clement Larcher (Clement.Larcher@qiagen.com)
Brandon Foster (Brandon.Foster@qiagen.com)
(please include the following in email subject: PhD placement – “your name”)

Possible timeframe: flexible between August 2021 to September 2022

No. of placements offered: flexible

Sense About Science – Public engagement – apply anytime

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About the organisation

Website: http://www.senseaboutscience.eu/

Sense about Science’s Dublin office is providing an exciting opportunity for a volunteer intern who has a keen interest in science communication. The successful candidate’s role as intern would involve organising events, building of the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network and communicating with scientists, citizens, the media and civil society organisations.

Sense about Science’s Dublin office focuses on building the VoYS network in Europe, and working with research groups through public engagement partnerships. Voice of Young Science is the growing network of dynamic early career researchers who are trained, motivated and committed to communicating about research. VoYS was started by Sense about Science in the UK and has grown into a supportive international network. Members meet at our Standing up for Science workshops where they are trained in engaging with policy makers and the media, challenging misrepresentation of research and, ultimately, standing up for science in public life.

Sense about Science is a small team working with thousands of supporters, from world leading researchers to community groups. It is a diverse band of people who share the goal of better representation of evidence in public life, and it is growing.

Our primary areas of focus are:

  • Promoting the scientific method.
  • Tackling systematic misrepresentation of science and evidence.
  • Championing the use of evidence for better, more accountable policies.
  • Talking about difficult issues.

What we do:

  • We challenge the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life and intervene when necessary, in partnership with others, to hold those responsible to account.
  • We encourage the public to ask for evidence, offering insight into how to analyse evidence and ask the right questions. And we encourage researchers and decision makers to talk about evidence, particularly when it is controversial or difficult.
  • We press for openness and honest reporting and challenge intimidation.

What you will bring

We are looking for an intern from April 2021 (flexible start dates throughout 2021) to be based in Dublind (initially remote-working), with the following skills:

• University degree

• Some years of research experience

• Fluent in English

• Strong interest in public engagement

• Candidates should be familiar with and share the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) ethos of taking responsibility in discussions about evidence in public life.

What you will do

  • Assistance in organising Standing up for Science workshops.
  • Assistance in public engagement partnerships – involving patients and the public in co-creation workshops, assisting in organising events.
  • Content creation – assisting in producing social media posts and Voice of Young Science newsletters.
  • Represent Sense about Science EU at networking events.
  • General support of the EU office: contact management, communication, monitoring of evidence use in EU affairs.

When

This internship opportunity is available from April 2021 onwards. The start date is flexible and we recruit for interns on a rolling basis through the year.

Where

Remote-working until further notice.  For the Dublin office.

Daily work pattern

Flexi-time but generally 9 am – 5 pm.  Potential working pattern: full-time, total hours per week approx. 35, with some evening events.  2 days per month granted as leave.

Contact

Ilaina Khairulzaman

Head of International Public Engagement, Training and Marketing

Sense about Science

Email: ilaina@senseaboutscience.org

Tel: +353 83 450 9758

How to apply

To apply, express interest to Ilaina Khairulzaman – contact details above – to arrange a video interview

Deadline

No fixed deadline; rolling programme of applications throughout 2021

Lifebit – AI – Apply anytime

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Lifebit is a UK based start-up that specialises in bioinformatics software and AI.  We have hosted BBSRC-DTP PIPs students in the past and are looking to host more PIPs students in 2021.

We are currently fully remote-working, so there will be no need for students to travel. We are looking to host students from April 2021 for the foreseeable future. We also have flexibility if students wish to break up the internship into two parts.

For further details about the company and the internship, click the button below:

How to apply

Send your CV & a short explanation of why you are applying to: tom@lifebit.ai
There is no deadline as such but Lifebit is looking for interns to start from April 2021 onwards in the first instance.

Contact

Tom Sharrock

AI Engagement Manager | Lifebit

Mindspace – 9 Appold St, Hackney, London EC2A 2AP

Email: tom@lifebit.ai

LAMP COVID testing York-Deadline: ASAP

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An internship the new LAMP testing facility at the University of York is available for BBSRC White Rose DTP students. The placement will be 3 days a week for 12 weeks with a flexible start date.

What you will do

This internship will enable you to play a key part in the national effort in fighting Covid-19 by directly supporting the NHS in delivering a scaled-up and rapid testing service. The skills you will gain will look great on your CV: you will gain insight into the how clinical labs and industry interact to set up and deliver a critical service. Aspects of the placement may include logistics, administration, public engagement, as well as undertaking lab techniques. Although the post may have highly repetitive elements, the attention to detail throughout this placement will be critical.

What you will gain

Reproducibility in science is of central importance for medical research, and this experience will demonstrate your competence when applying for future positions. In addition, an opportunity to apply for and gain competency certification from GENQA  and Joint Covid-19 Certificate of Completion from IBMS upon application and completing a competency based assessment.

Download the standard Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this placement to see more detail about what you will be doing:

PIPS-MOU-Template-2020-12-11

There is also a standard health and safety checklist:

PIPS-Host-Health and Safety Checklist-2020-12-11

NB Contact Sophie Thompson as below before you complete any of the paperwork.

How to apply

To apply, please email Sophie Thompson m.s.thompson@york.ac.uk with your name, your supervisors’ names, which university you are attending and what year you are currently in. Indicate the dates you are available to start and any other details you think are relevant.

Please copy Phil Lang phil.lang@york.ac.uk  and your supervisors.

 

CambioScience – Deadline: apply anytime

Remote-working opportunity – Flexible deadline

Overview of CamBioScience

CamBioScience is the life sciences brand within OBRIZUM X, a division of the OBRIZUM GROUP LTD. CamBioScience is a premium global provider of education and educational technology founded in Cambridge by life science researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK. Working with world-leading experts we provide intensive training courses and conferences in a broad spectrum of emerging and established life science technologies for academic and industry professionals. In-Person courses and conferences take place in various locations around the world including the United Kingdom, Austria, South Korea, and China.

Contact

Michelle Ware

email: michelle@cambioscience.com

Tel: 07791481346

OBRIZUM GROUP LTD.

Unit 3 Duke’s Court

54-62 Newmarket Road,

Cambridge, UK

CB5 8DZ

Project Outline

Interns will be involved in self-guided training course development.  Activities will include:

– Collating and arranging content for on-demand digital courses through our e-learning platform OBRIZUM®

– Writing material for the website, for marketing purposes and for social media

– Provide support with the promotion of the courses

– Designing questions for the course exams

– Hosting webinars

Essential Skills

 – Scientific background

– Highly Organised

– Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written

– Excellent project management skills

– Ability to work in a team

Skills Developed

The student will gain a greater understanding for how scientific events are be run. By the end of their internship, they will be confident with all aspects of organising a technical life-sciences course. Key skills developed include: sales, marketing, organisation, time-keeping and project management.

How to apply

The starts dates available are flexible.  Each placement will be 3 months (12 weeks).  There is no deadline for applications.  To apply, please  send a CV and covering letter to:  michelle@cambioscience.com

Until further notice, internships will take place remotely from home, with regular calls with the team.

Sense About Science – Deadline: 31 Jan21

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Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 31st January 2021
At Sense about Science, we have new opportunities available for internships from Easter 2021 onwards. Our internships are currently running on a work-from-home basis in accordance with government guidelines, and this is likely to remain the case at least until Easter. We will review the situation thereafter as government advice changes. I would be grateful if you could advertise our internship opportunities to your early career cohorts via your normal channels and media.

Background 

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policymaking. We challenge misrepresentation of science and evidence, advocate openness and honesty about research, and strive to open up socially or scientifically difficult issues where evidence is neglected, conflicting or misunderstood.

Description of the internship

An internship at Sense about Science is a very rewarding experience, as no two days are the same. It is a fulfilling way to work across communications, policy and public engagement and develop key professional skills and contacts that will serve you well in your future. Depending on the timing of your placement, you’ll be able to work on a number of projects and programmes:
  • Voice of Young Science: The opportunity to contribute to the organisation of a Voice of Young Science (VoYS) workshop and help to facilitate the event on the day. VoYS is a unique and dynamic network of early career researchers across Europe committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. By responding to public misconceptions about science and evidence and engaging with the media, policymakers and the public, this active community of 3,000+ researchers is changing the way the public and the media view science and scientists. Members are trained to promote scientific questioning in society and take responsibility for improving the quality of discussion about research findings. Our Standing up for Science workshops equip researchers to engage with the public, journalists and policymakers – helping them to ask useful questions and put research findings and real-world events in context. Organising a workshop will give you the opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills and learn about effective public, policy and media engagement.
  • Evidence Week in Parliament: Evidence Week is our flagship policy event where we bring together MPs, researchers and community groups to discuss the case that evidence matters to people. They share knowledge and insights that will help politicians to scrutinise evidence. The week involves events and briefings, as well as evidence stands that parliamentarians can visit. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in evidence-based policymaking, as you will have the inside track into the organisation of Evidence Week. You will have opportunities to engage directly with MPs and policy advisers. In 2020, this event is going ahead as an online event in November. In 2021, you will work closely with the policy manager to organise Evidence Week, with the senior communications officer to deliver the communications programme around Evidence Week, and with the team to effectively deliver the events in the summer. It is an opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills.
  • John Maddox Prize: The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. The prize is a joint initiative of Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. The prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher. You will contribute towards compiling nominations and working with the team to shortlist nominations, ready for the judging to take place in the autumn. It is an opportunity to learn organisational and evaluation skills, and get to know the work of some amazing researchers around the world who are striving to stand up for science and evidence.

Essential skills

  • Ability to identify and use initiative to solve problems
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work
  • A flair for clear, engaging writing
  • Friendly manner
  • Candidates should be familiar with and share the Sense about Science ethos regarding the public interest in sound science and evidence

Other details and how to apply

We typically have at least two interns in our London office. Our standard offer is three months (a good fit for PIPS), but we are occasionally able to be flexible down to a minimum of two months.
Work-from-home arrangements will remain in place until government advice changes, and we can provide a laptop if you need one.
To apply, send your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills match the requirements to Dr Hamid Khan, Senior Partnerships Coordinator: hamid@senseaboutscience.org
Closing date: 5pm, 31 January 2021

Contact

Dr Hamid Khan
Senior partnerships coordinator
email: hamid@senseaboutscience.org

www.senseaboutscience.org | @senseaboutsci | Facebook

2 Stephen St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1AN | +44 (0)20 7490 9590  

Singer Instruments – rolling deadline

Singer are now looking to fulfill placements for 3 month periods from May 2020 onwards.

Note: There is a rolling deadline for applications.  However, certain times of year are more competitive than others, and early application is suggested to avoid disappointment.

Project summary

The Research team aims to use Science! to achieve “A Responsibility to Science”. This means actively enquiring, and devising experiments that prove that our equipment facilitates, automates and accelerates scientific research – more so these experiments should be rigorous enough to reveal truth, free from investigator bias.

Project outline

Singer Instruments is a fast paced SME environment. As such projects are subject to change as
required by business need. Generally speaking, each project includes:

  • Working with a robotic instrument to test its capabilities and investigate its restrictions.
    Previous examples involve producing bioart with colony pickers, investigating the use of
    fluorescent strains, and testing new detection algorithms.
  • Collaborating with Engineering and Software on numerous projects, gaining and consulting
    with expertise. This has involved; coming up with hardware and software solutions to
    problems, QC of brand new software packages and production spec machines and also
    affecting the look, feel and function of new products.
  • A desk based research piece. This is usually heavily tied to new product development, and hence tends to be the most secretive. Previous examples have included market research, as well as investigating how scientists perform work, and how this may change in the future.

Essential skills

  • An independent working style.
  • A robust approach to reporting.
  • Flexibility to sudden project changes based on business need.
  • Adherence to non-disclosure agreements, as projects can include valuable prototypes and intellectual property.
  • It should be noted that no knowledge of engineering, software development or marketing is required. However, if the student does have an appropriate background, and wishes to investigate these skills further, cross departmental projects can be arranged.

Skills that will be developed

  • Project Management
  • Working heavily with robotic laboratory equipment, from early development prototypes to market ready instruments.
  • Cross departmental communication (Software, Engineering, Marketing)
  • Industry research processes.

Number of Placements Offered

Singer Instruments has a rolling intake of internships. It is usual for the Research team to have one intern at any one time. However this is subject to change based on project requirements. A
maximum of 2 internships could be offered simultaneously within the Research team.

Possible Timeframe

A three month block is the usual placement mode, flexibility can be considered in special
cases. Certain times of year are more competitive than others, and early application is
suggested to avoid disappointment.

Note: Certain times of year are more competitive than others, and early application is suggested to avoid disappointment.

Lead Contact

Dr. Oliver Jack Severn


Email: Oliver@singerinstruments.com


Tel:(0) 1984 640226

How to apply

Please apply through the Singer website at: www.singerinstruments.com/jobs/

CambioScience – educational technology – rolling deadline

Brand new PIPS opportunity – offered for the first time in Jan 2020! 

Overview of CambioScience

CamBioScience is a brand of the OBRIZUM GROUP LTD, an educational technology company founded in Cambridge, UK, by life science researchers from the University of Cambridge.  The Courses & Conferences Department works with world-leading experts to provide intensive training courses and conferences in breakthrough life science technologies for academic and industry professionals.  CamBioScience offers both in-person and online training courses.  In 4 years, 800 scientists have been trained from over 80 leading academic and industrial institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide.

Project outline 

The intern will be required to help with the day-to-day logistics for upcoming courses. The internship will be flexible depending on the needs of the department at the time and interests of the intern.  Activities can include:

  • Designing social media campaigns
  • Provide support for setting up course practical sessions
  • Provide support during the delivery of a course
  • Put together content for department collaterals
  • Organise contact databases
  • Involvement in the sales of course registrations

The intern will also have the opportunity to be involved in the design of a new scientific course alongside the Head of Courses & Conferences.

Essential skills required 

  • Scientific background
  • Highly Organised
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Skills you will develop

You will gain a greater understanding for how scientific events are run. By the end of the internship, you will be confident with all aspects of organising a technical life-sciences course. Key skills to be developed include organisation, sales, marketing, problem-solving and project management.

Placement location

CambioScience

OBRIZUM GROUP LTD

Unit 3 Duke’s Court
54-62 Newmarket Road,
Cambridge, UK
CB5 8DZ

When

The placement will be for a block of three months (12 weeks).  The start date is flexible.

Contact

For informal enquiries, contact Michelle Ware, Head of Courses and Conferences

T: +44(0)7791481346
T: +44(0)1223 470647 (UK, Headquarters)
E: michelle@cambioscience.com

How to apply

There is a rolling deadline.  If you are interested, apply by sending a CV and cover letter to: michelle@cambioscience.com 

TTP plc – Rolling deadline

The space to invent.

Background

TTP is an independent technology company where scientists and engineers collaborate to invent, design and develop new products and technologies.

Working across a wide spectrum of industries, we create breakthrough solutions that bring strong commercial value to clients and the benefits of technology to all.

Website: https://www.ttp.com/

Internship description

We are always happy to hear from PhD students and Post-Doc researchers who are looking to undertake an internship.

As a technology consultancy, we work across a wide range of industries, from healthcare, to industrial technology, to aerospace & defence (to name just a few). An internship here will see you working within one of these sectors, putting your technical and research skills to work within a commercially focused context. Whilst you can expect to develop your existing skill-sets, you will find yourself growing in new ways: interacting with clients, seeing how business operates and being a valuable contributing member to multi-disciplinary teams. This is the opportunity for you to see how your academic knowledge and skill-sets could be used within an industry setting.

As a postgraduate student/researcher, your placement will be shaped around a project – this could be an internal TTP project, or one of our current external client-focused projects – and the process of concluding what this should be is very much a two-way one. We are interested to hear what your interests and skill-sets are, and this will form part of a conversation throughout the application process so that we can determine what project(s) may be a good fit. Of course, once here, there is scope for engaging in work occurring throughout TTP and having as varied an experience as possible – in fact, such collaboration and involvement is very much encouraged.

Requirements

We would be able to accommodate internships for individuals who are, broadly, within the following disciplines: Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics, Software, Aerospace), Physics, Mathematics, Biology/Life Sciences.

As a consultancy, we can’t always be sure exactly what we’ll be working on 6 months down the line, and for that reason, we can’t guarantee we will always be able to accommodate you as an intern. However, at a minimum, we will always consider your application and investigate the possibility. We are open to applications year-round and the dates of any placement can be discussed on an individual basis; in general we do, however, have a slight preference for postgraduate internships to occur outside of the busy summer months (July-August) when we host a high number of undergraduates.

Benefits

TTP is an employee-owned business operating from pleasant surroundings on our own Science Park in Melbourn, South Cambridgeshire. Our working culture encourages entrepreneurship, shared ideas and technical collaboration, while providing you the freedom to do your best work. Employee benefits include:

  • 25 days’ annual holiday, plus bank holidays (annual leave is pro on a pro rata basis if here for less than a year)
  • Discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre
  • Private Medical Insurance (depending on length of internship)
  • Cycle to Work scheme (depending on length of internship)

Contact

Rebecca Bradley I University Interactions & Outreach Liaison

Email: Rebecca.Bradley@ttp.com

Tel: +44 1763 262626

Feel free to contact Rebecca with any queries or for an informal discussion in advance of applying.

How to apply

There is a rolling deadline therefore you can apply anytime.  However, please do not delay, as there will be lots of competition for these placements.  Application is via an on-line form.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

TU Delft – Science Communication & Research Data Management – Deadline: flexible

Exciting BBSRC PIP opportunities are now available at TU Delft (Netherlands) – For students that are looking for placements in science communication and research data management.

Remote working: Both these internships can be offered for someone willing to work remotely.  (Re-location to the Netherlands for the internship period is not necessary).

Upcoming internship projects @ TU Delft:

1.   FAIR Support Team – case study development

Funders and policy makes increasingly require researchers to make their data and research code FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. Most researchers, however, do not know how to do it or where to get started. Therefore, in September 2020 TU Delft is launching its FAIR Support Team pilot. The FAIR Support Team is a pool of Data Managers and Research Software Engineers available ‘for hire’ (at no cost) by researchers to help them make their work more FAIR.

The purpose of this internship is to develop case studies which will help to evaluate the pilot. You will interview researchers who receive support of the FAIR Support Team, as well as Team members, who are providing this support. Subsequently, based on the interviews, you will develop case studies. The case studies will be published on the website advertising the service, as well as dedicated blog posts on the Open Working blog.

The intern will also have an opportunity to present their work at meetings and conferences, and, if there is interest, to summarise their work in a peer-reviewed publication.

This internship will help develop various interpersonal skills, such as networking, communication, writing, presentation, talking & listening; as well as an opportunity to better understand how a large, research-intensive organisation works.

2.   Top 10 FAIR things – community building and writing sprints

Funders and policy makes increasingly require researchers to make their data and research code FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. Most researchers, however, do not know how to do it or where to get started. Therefore, TU Delft would like to help research communities develop short, disciplinary guidelines on how to make things FAIR in the format of ‘10 FAIR Things’.

The purpose of the internship is to help research communities develop such guidelines. To do this, you will work with Data Champions community of TU Delft, the University of Cambridge, EPFL and the University of Melbourne to decide on three priority disciplines where such guidelines are most needed. Subsequently, you will organise writing sprints during which these guidelines will be produced. The guidelines will be offered for publication to the Carpentry organisation and for endorsement by the Research Data Alliance (international organisations for global cooperation on data and code management practices).

The intern will also have an opportunity to present their work at meetings and conferences, and, if there is interest, to summarise their work in a peer-reviewed publication.

This internship will help develop various interpersonal skills, such as networking, communication, organisation, presentation, leadership skills; as well as an opportunity to develop international networks and collaborations.

For more information

BBSRC student Clare Constance, who undertook her PIP at TU Delft last summer, is more than happy to chat with students about these opportunities and her personal experience of working with the team 🙂 (constance.clare1@nottingham.ac.uk).

Deadline and how to apply

To apply, contact Marta Teperek at m.teperek@tudelft.nl

Closing dates – The projects are flexible with no immediate deadlines.  Students can negotiate a start date and organise remote working arrangements with Marta.

Oxford University Innovation Licensing & Ventures – Deadline: open call

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Oxford University Innovation (OUI) is the technology transfer company of Oxford University.

Oxford University Innovation has created a new and exciting internship opportunity. Interns in our Licensing & Ventures Group will work alongside members of the core team in the management of projects, assisting with other activities in the Licensing & Ventures Group and enabling the transfer of as much technology as possible from Oxford University.  For further information: 

Click here to download PDF, including video links

How to apply

This is an open call with no specific deadline.  If you are interested, please send a CV with accompanying letter stating relevant experience and interests to Brendan.Ludden@innovation.ox.ac.uk.  During the significant disruption caused by COVID-19, the current programme is expected to be largely home-based and will be subject to UK government guidance on safe working practices.

 

UK-Canada Globalink doctoral exchange scheme – Deadline: 15 Dec20

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The deadline was originally 8th December but has been extended to 15 December 2020 16:00 UK time

Now open for the third call for applications from UKRI-funded doctoral students, the scheme will support travel, living and research costs for the students in their chosen field of study.

A new and exciting opportunity for UKRI and Canadian doctoral students to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme.

UKRI has partnered with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years, to deliver the £2.5 million programme.

Supported by UKRI and Mitacs, up to 200 UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to develop into global citizens, with international competencies, during 12-week research placements in Canadian universities. A similar number of Canadian students will visit UK universities.

The scheme supports the UK government’s target of 2.4% GDP spend in research and development by 2027, helping the UK make the most of its world-class research, supporting its researchers to stay at the cutting edge, forge international collaborations, and encourage global talent to work in the UK.

As a collaborative scheme between the UK and Canada, an equal number of Canadian doctoral students will have the opportunity to undertake research placements at UK universities.

Click here to find out more.

How to apply

If you are interested in this scheme, do not waste any time in applying.  There is a lot of paperwork involved and you will need to seek the help of your PIPS contact to access Je-S.

Deadline: 15th December 2020 16:00 UK time

Academy of Medical Sciences – Deadline: 22 Nov20

The Academy of Medical Sciences Grants and Programmes internship scheme is open for applications for internships in 2021.

Applications are welcomed for 3 month internships between January-December 2021. The scheme is open to BBSRC-funded PhD students through the PIPS scheme.

The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the research funding and career development sectors, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and senior science and health stakeholders. There is a case study of a recent intern here that gives some examples of the kinds of projects that interns in our team will be involved with.

We expect the internships to be full-time positions for the full three-month period.  However, in exceptional circumstances, the Academy will consider requests for a reduced duration.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, we expect internships beginning in January 2021 will be supervised remotely. Place of work for internships from April 2021 onwards will depend on the Academy’s policy in response to the pandemic, however we will discuss with interns the feasibility of any travel, either to the Academy offices or elsewhere in the UK for internship activities, in light of government guidelines and personal circumstances.

More details can be found at https://acmedsci.ac.uk/about/administration/internship-schemes

The deadline for applications is 22 November 2020.

Contact for any queries:

Dr Kim Hutchings
International Grants Manager
The Academy of Medical Sciences
41 Portland Place
London W1B 1QH

+44 (0)20 3141 3234

Please note my working days are Tues-Fri

ABPI – Exam digitalisation – Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

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Background information

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) delivers the professional ABPI Medical Representatives Exam, taken by those who call upon doctors, dentists, and other UK prescribers and/or promote medicines based on their therapeutic properties. ​This includes representatives from virtually all pharmaceutical companies with UK operations.

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, paper-based exams that were held monthly at venues across the country were cancelled and the ABPI have since been working on a project to move all examinations online.

Integrity of the Exam is crucial to building and maintaining the trust and reputation of the UK pharmaceutical industry.

Please note: since the COVID pandemic reached the UK, the ABPI has successfully undertaken virtual onboarding of a number of interns.

Project offered

Following on from previous successful PIPS internships for other projects, we are once again, seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in an examinations and education context.

This project seeks to contribute to the development of the online ABPI Medical Representatives. The output of the project will be the successful delivery of the newly formatted exam which will be important in maintaining integrity of the industry as the world continues to virtually evolve.

The applicant will be expected to support the ABPI Education and Examinations Executive with development of the exam, liaising with internal teams, external providers, and the ABPI Exam Governance and Exam Steering Groups. Alongside this role, there may be the opportunity for the applicant to contribute to updating and/or incorporating new material to the exam, and development of new qualifications.

The project will also include scope to improve ABPI’s engagement with member pharmaceutical companies from the Research, Medical and Innovation team in other formats such as written communication. The applicant will have the opportunity to help develop better communications on research, medical & innovation topics.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who would meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face to face meetings depending on Government guidance in relation to COVID and company policy.

How to apply

Interested students should email Andrew Croydon​ – contact details below –  in the first instance, or they can apply directly to Andrew with a CV and covering letter.

Final application deadline: by close of business Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Note: ABPI has successfully virtually onboarded a few interns since lockdown and Andrew is happy to answer any questions specifically relating to this aspect of internships.

Contact

Andrew Croydon

Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Direct: +44 (0)2077471436

Email: ACroydon@abpi.org.uk

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ABPI – Research, medical and innovation (RM&I) member engagement – Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

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Background information

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines. Representing small, medium, and large pharmaceutical companies, the ABPI is a large trade association that greatly values engagement and high levels of member satisfaction.

By representing members and gathering their insight and experiences, the ABPI tells the story of how they change the lives of millions of people every day.

Please note: since the COVID pandemic reached the UK, the ABPI has successfully undertaken virtual onboarding of a number of interns.

Project offered

Following on from previous successful PIPS internships for similar projects, we are once again, seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in a policy context.

This project seeks to improve ABPI engagement with member pharmaceutical companies as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The output of the project will be the set-up and delivery of the ABPI Research, Medical and Innovation (RM&I) member webinars and virtual networking events (with support and input from the RM&I and Events Teams). These will cover a range of research, medical and innovation topics.

The applicant will be expected to liaise with ABPI colleagues, member companies, and external stakeholders to deliver successful events with high levels of engagement. The applicant will also be expected to analyse feedback on events and suggest areas for improvement for future events.

The project will also include scope to improve ABPI’s engagement with member pharmaceutical companies from the Research, Medical and Innovation team in other formats such as written communication. The applicant will have the opportunity to help develop better communications on research, medical & innovation topics.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who would meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face to face meetings depending on Government guidance in relation to COVID and company policy.

How to apply

Interested students should email Andrew Croydon​ – contact details below –  in the first instance, or they can apply directly to Andrew with a CV and covering letter.

Final application deadline: by close of business Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Note: ABPI has successfully virtually onboarded a few interns since lockdown and Andrew is happy to answer any questions specifically relating to this aspect of internships.

Contact

Andrew Croydon

Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Direct: +44 (0)2077471436

Email: ACroydon@abpi.org.uk

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ABPI – Appropriate prescribing, ethics and the code – Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

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Background information

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is a UK trade association representing small, medium, and large pharmaceutical companies who invest in discovering future medicines. The ABPI’s Research, Medical and Innovation Team (RM&I) operates four strategic leadership groups (SLGs) that support and contribute to the ABPI’s mission to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use the medicines of the future.

The ABPI Appropriate Prescribing, Ethics and the Code (APEC) SLG comprises senior medical directors from member companies. APEC’s purpose is to provide medical leadership, lead appropriate prescribing policies, champion the ABPI Code of Practice, improve patient and public involvement in research, research transparency, and support medical education activities. APEC have been involved in the ABPI’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has strongly emphasised the importance of the group and its remit.

Please note: since the covid pandemic reached the UK, the ABPI has successfully undertaken virtual onboarding of a number of interns.

Project offered

Following on from previous successful PIPS internships, we are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in a policy context.

This project seeks to work closely with senior members of pharmaceutical companies to contribute to ABPI policy positions relating to ethical aspects of developing medicines and companies obligations supporting the appropriate prescribing of medicines. This includes work to support future development of the ABPI Code of Practice.

The applicant will be expected to co-ordinate activities, organise and attend meetings, and integrate insights from stakeholders and ABPI members into policy papers.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who would meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face to face meetings depending on Government guidance in relation to COVID and company policy.

How to apply

Interested students should email Andrew Croydon​ – contact details below –  in the first instance, or they can apply directly to Andrew with a CV and covering letter.

Final application deadline: by close of business Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Note: ABPI has successfully virtually onboarded a few interns since lockdown and Andrew is happy to answer any questions specifically relating to this aspect of internships.

Contact

Andrew Croydon

Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Direct: +44 (0)2077471436

Email: ACroydon@abpi.org.uk

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ABPI Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and Cell & Gene Therapies Project – Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

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Background information

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is a UK trade association representing small, medium, and large pharmaceutical companies who invest in discovering future medicines. The ABPI exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines.

In 2020 the ABPI has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, regulators, and academic partners on how ABPI member companies can best support the UK Government.

One ongoing avenue is participation in the Government’s COVID Therapeutics Taskforce whereby knowledge on therapeutic targets and early drug candidates is crucial to understanding the fast-moving landscape and developing policy.

Project offered

Following on from previous successful PIPS internships, we are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in a policy context.

This project seeks to analyse the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) and Cell & Gene therapies landscape by undertaking desk-based research and extracting and interpreting information from a wide range of data sources.

The output of the project will be to create an ongoing report, with the potential for publication by the ABPI, and a slide set which can be used in presentations to showcase the global effort in this area and to input to AAC (Accelerated Access Collaborative) workstreams in due course.

The successful applicant can expect to have a supervisor who would meet regularly for virtual guidance and support at the current time, with potential face-to-face meetings depending on Government guidance and company policy.

Please note: since the covid pandemic reached the UK, the ABPI has successfully undertaken virtual onboarding of a number of interns.

How to apply

Interested students should email Andrew Croydon​ – contact details below –  in the first instance, or they can apply directly to Andrew with a CV and covering letter.

Final application deadline: by close of business Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Note: ABPI has successfully virtually onboarded a few interns since lockdown and Andrew is happy to answer any questions specifically relating to this aspect of internships.

Contact

Andrew Croydon

Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Direct: +44 (0)2077471436

Email: ACroydon@abpi.org.uk

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AMRC Peer Review Audit Intern – Deadline: 18 Sep 2020

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Title: Peer review audit intern

Renumeration: Travel costs

Placement: Mid October 2020 – mid Jan 2021 (3 months in total)

Location: remote working / working from home

 About AMRC

Over 30 years ago a diverse group of medical research charities formed the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then our membership has grown to over 150 charities across the UK and we continue to lead and support charities to deliver high-quality research that saves and improves lives.

We equip our member charities with regular guidance and training, and provide quality standards to help our member charities maximise the impact of their investment. We play a vital role in influencing the research environment from forging partnerships, to voicing our member charities’ concerns and ideas to policy makers, to developing position statements. Find out more about our work at www.amrc.org.uk.

AMRC peer review audit

In order to gain and maintain AMRC membership, and the hallmark of quality that it affords, charities must fund research in an open and transparent way that includes a robust peer review process. Their ability to do this is assessed during the application process as well as during a full peer review audit that takes place every five years. Any organisation which no longer complies is demitted.

By adhering to AMRC’s five principles of peer review – accountability, balance, independence, rotation and impartiality, charities can support the best research and the best researchers. This, in turn, can help charities maximise the impact of their funding to deliver changes that really matter to their supporters and stakeholders, so that patients benefit from the fruits of research.

With this hallmark of quality, AMRC charities that award funding in an open competition are able to utilise the Charity Research Support Fund in funding research in universities and receive funding support with some of the costs associated with clinical research in the NHS.

The AMRC will be conducting the peer review audit in late 2020. In the spirit of our principles, the audit is assessed by the Peer Review Audit Committee, a panel of expert reviewers who provide advice to the AMRC on the quality of peer review processes in all member charities and that is led by an independent and high-profile Chair.

The outcomes of the audit will be communicated to our members and wider stakeholders. AMRC will use the insights gathered from the audit to consider whether our guidance on our five principles of peer review should be amended.

As the current uncertainty in the UK leads to more challenges for research funders, AMRC wants to ensure that the best research is funded in the best way by making our quality standards for funding as up to date and robust for the future as possible.

About the role

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to the health and medical research charity sector.

Part of a small but passionate, innovative and influential team, you will play an essential role helping the AMRC deliver its 2020 Peer Review audit. You will report to AMRC’s Research Policy Manager but will have to develop strong relationships across the organisation and research leadership within the member charities.

You will be involved in:

  • Ensuring AMRC members are supported and able to complete the audit survey.
  • Collating the information from our members to enable independent assessment of their peer review process in making research funding decisions by the Peer Review Audit Committee (PRAC).
  • Supporting the PRAC members and the Chair in the assessment of our members adherence to the peer review principles in their research funding decisions. The PRAC will recommend whether a charity passes, passes with minor issues or fails the audit. Charities that fail the audit are demitted from the membership of AMRC.
  • Giving consideration to the need to revise AMRC guidance on the principles for decision making about research funding. Medical research charities are increasing funding innovative research in new and different ways, particularly in areas of data and digital innovation. Mechanisms such as sandpits are used by charities to encourage collaborative research projects. You will consider what changes to guidance, if any, AMRC could make.
  • Designing communications plans to promote and celebrate completion of the audit, recognising the high standards our members meet.
  • Other activities you could be involved in including: policy analysis of emerging issues; political and policy stakeholder mapping; attending meetings alongside AMRC staff, on a range of issues; supporting AMRC’s social media through blogs and Twitter, etc.

About you

You have:

  • first degree/masters/PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent)
  • an eye for detail
  • good time management skills
  • the ability to prioritise competing demands
  • MS Office (including Excel) skills
  • a positive attitude to work
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills

You are:

  • well organised
  • open to learning and new ways of working
  • not afraid to ask questions
  • able to work independently and proactively
  • willing to work flexibly when required
  • able to thrive in a busy environment with lots of challenges

Why intern with us?

  • You will quickly gain a bird’s eye view of the UK medical research landscape
  • You will learn and use a variety of different concrete and applicable skills
  • You will get valuable insights into research policy, management and communications
  • You will be part of a small, friendly team of approximately 14 people
  • You will begin to build a network and make connections within the sector

 Skills developed

  • Organisation, time management and prioritising
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Working across organisational boundaries
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Learning and new ways of working
  • Project management

 How to apply

Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter to Dr Mehwaesh Islam at m.islam@amrc.org.uk

Deadline: no later than Friday 18th September 2020.

In your application, be sure to tell us:

  1. What interests you most about working with AMRC?
  2. What transferable skills can you offer in relation to the role? Do you have examples of previous administrative and data handling experience?
  3. What you would like to achieve from this internship?

Promising applicants will be invited to a virtual interview to take place either w/c 21st or 28th September 2020.

Royal Society of Biology – Deadline: 10 Sep20

The RSB has one internship position available for current PhD students who are funded by AHRCBBSRCEPSRCESRCMRC, and NERC.

The successful applicant will spend three months working at the RSB in 2021. Start and end dates can be negotiated as appropriate.

What does a policy internship at the RSB involve?

An internship with the Society will involve the combination of a specific project to be substantially delivered within the period of the placement, along with involvement in ongoing projects and activities of the RSB team. This may involve background research and working with our staff team and members to generate a response to a government or Parliamentary consultation, or the development of one of our Policy Lates events, for example.

Find out more here: https://www.rsb.org.uk/policy/policy-resources/policy-internships

How to apply

To apply in 2020 for internships in 2021, go to the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme webpage.

Deadline

Deadline to apply: 10 September 2020

UKRI Policy Internships – Deadline: 10 Sep20

The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded doctoral students to work for three months in a highly influential policy organisation on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

We’ve had great feedback from PGRs who have taken advantage of this scheme, and would really encourage eligible students to check it out.

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.  Click the link below for a full list of host partners for the 2020/21 competition round, as well as information about how to apply:

More info and how to apply

Deadline for applications: 16:00 on 10 September 2020

Sense about Science communications intern-Deadline: 6 Aug20

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This internship is offered on a remote-working basis initially.

Background

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policymaking. We challenge misrepresentation of science and evidence, advocate openness and honesty about research, and strive to open up socially or scientifically difficult issues where evidence is neglected, conflicting or misunderstood. We’re proud that we’ve been able to continue to support and engage ECRs with online training and resources during the lockdown, and there has been an incredible call for their contribution. ECRs have been glad to have the stimulation of developing skills and confidence with us at a time when so much else is uncertain.

Useful links

2 Stephen St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1AN | +44 (0)20 7490 9590 

When

The internship dates would be Monday 7 September to Friday 4 December 2020, but with remote working there’s of course some flexibility in this if required.

Where

Initially remote-working.

Office-based if and when feasible: 2 Stephen St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1AN | +44 (0)20 7490 9590 

The opportunity

We have an opportunity for a communications internship from September to December 2020, working remotely at first. Working with the senior communications officer, the intern will assist with communications planning and execution across various channels including social media, newsletters and in the press. We will have a number of high-profile events and campaigns taking place and it is crucial that we can successfully communicate our messages about the importance of standing up for science and evidence-based policy to a wide range of audiences. We are looking for an intern with some experience of, or who would be willing to learn about, writing for social media and communication of complex ideas in a clear, engaging way.

Essential skills

  • Ability to identify and use initiative to solve problems
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work
  • A flair for clear, engaging writing
  • Friendly manner
  • Candidates should be familiar with and share the Sense about Science ethos regarding the public interest in sound science and evidence

How to apply

Candidates can apply by submitting their CV and cover letter to Dr Hamid Khan

by Wednesday 6 August 2020.

Contact

Dr Hamid Khan

Email: hamid@senseaboutscience.org

Tel: +44 (0)20 7490 9590 

Senior partnerships coordinator

Sense about Science
Because evidence matters

Luke Fountain – Growing skills during lockdown

This week’s blog post comes from Luke Fountain, a second year WRDTP PhD student (and a UK student space ambassador!) at the University of Sheffield.

Over the past few months of lockdown, like many of us, Luke has been trying to find new ways to stay productive while access to university sites has been restricted. Here Luke shares with you what he has been up to, from building hydroponics set ups from home to attending live Q&As with Astronauts!

Hopefully Luke’s experiences will inspire you to get creative as we slowly find our way back into a new normality.

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