Sense About Science – varying deadlines

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Sense About Science are currently advertising for internship vacancies and now have a new dedicated webpage for internships on their website.

Sense About Science offer rewarding internship opportunities for PhD students to gain experience of working in a busy campaigning charity across science communications, policy and public engagement. They typically offer three-month placements in their London office and only consider short-term internship applications as part of a funded scheme, such as the PIPS professional internship scheme for PhD students.  


Read moreSense About Science – varying deadlines

Royal Institute – various roles – Apply by 25 July 2023 (one role is 8 Aug)

Logo for the Royal Institution: Science Lives Here

The Royal Institution (Ri) is looking for nine Phd students to join us for a three-month internship across four different teams within the Ri: CHRISTMAS LECTURES (x1), Digital Media (x4), Marketing & Communications (x1) and the Young Scientist Centre (x3).  These placements are ideal for students interested in science education and communication, and education outreach.

Read moreRoyal Institute – various roles – Apply by 25 July 2023 (one role is 8 Aug)

BBSRC ICURe Explore Programme – Deadline 27th March 2023

Applications are now open for the BBRSC ICURe Explore programme, designed to help bioscience researchers, PhD students and technicians to explore the market and commercial potential of their bioscience research projects. Up to £35k of funding is available to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate commercially promising bioscience ideas in the marketplace.

Read moreBBSRC ICURe Explore Programme – Deadline 27th March 2023

BBSRC White Rose DTP PhD Students Organize Pint of Science Event in York

A group of BBSRC White Rose DTP students from the University of York have teamed up to organize this year’s Pint of Science event in York – bringing cutting-edge research to a boozer near you. We spoke to event co-ordinator, and 3rd Year PhD student, Conor Scott to learn more about the event and what he hopes it will achieve.

Read moreBBSRC White Rose DTP PhD Students Organize Pint of Science Event in York

Royal Institution – Apply by 12 Apr 2022

The Royal Institution is looking for a PhD student to take on an internship as a Science Presenter Intern in our Young Scientist Centre for a 3-month placement to gain experience of presenting to a group of young people in an engaging, educational environment and to receive training in science communication. The internship is from May to July 2022, with some flexibility.

The successful intern will:

  • Present hands-on science workshops to young people in the LYSC.
  • Research and develop hands-on science experiments for Ri social media content.
  • Work with the YSC team to develop content for other Ri activities.

For more information about our internship programme and details on individual placements, timeframes and how to apply, please see our website;

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 9am Tuesday 12 April 2022

Interviews are now planned for 26 & 27 April.

Please note, the Ri offers placements for students who are enrolled on a research degree under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme funded by Research Councils including the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, AHRC and NERC.  

You will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered. [Note from the DTP Co-ordinator, Catherine Liddle: You will normally be sent a form to complete. Please forward this onto me, email:]

The role is based in Central London; students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement.

[Note: The RI will cover the travel cost of one return journey to the placement. The DTP PIPS allowance for travel and accommodation is £1,000 over the 3 month period. You will therefore need to find additional sources of funding to pay for accommodation in London for the duration of this placement.]

If you have any queries or need any further information about the Ri or these opportunities, please contact us at  

Kind regards,

Rakhshanda Hussain

HR Coordinator

Working days: Tuesday – Friday

Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS


t: 020 7670 2907

Joanna Greenman – CN-Bio Innovations

CN-BIO logo

Joanna went to CN-Bio Innovations in Cambridge for her PIPS placement, a bioengineering company that specialises in developing single and multi-organ microphysiological systems and innovative lab technologies. They interact with many different pharma and biotech companies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of preclinical drug testing with clinically translatable systems.

The featured image is the logo of CN-Bio Innovations.

What did you do?

I worked with the research and development team to try and introduce and integrate immune cells into their established organ on chip systems. A couple of previous preliminary experiments had been done, but my main role was to get this project up and running and generate a core dataset to understand how it can be introduced into other systems. I also participated in team meetings, journal clubs, Toastmaster and wrote a research proposal for the CEO to outline the plan for the project and future applications of my findings.

What made you want to do that particular placement?

I was keen to explore what research outside of academia looked like and see first-hand how a relatively small biotech company worked.  The research that they are doing was also very different from anything I had done before and offered me the opportunity to apply my immunology background in a very different scenario – with a more application-based outlook.

How did you go about finding and planning your PIPS?

I did quite a lot of searching for biotech companies around areas where I had friends and family so I could have a chance to live in a different location for 3 months.  Through family and friends links I heard about CN-Bio and emailed them to introduce myself.  I then had quite an informal phone conversation/interview to find out more about the company and talk about what a placement might look like.  It kind of just went from there with just a few more emails to finalise details and agree dates (~6months from the initial phone call).

What have you gained from doing your PIPS?

I have really appreciated being able to talk to so many of the different employees from different areas of the company (CEO and management, engineers, marketing, production and R&D) to learn about all the different roles and how they have come to be working for CN-Bio. I have gained confidence in my communication skills, presenting to different audiences and collaborating with many different people. It has also been good, but quite challenging, to be starting a new project from almost nothing and doing a lot of the initial proof of concept work, set-up, background research and problem solving.

How would you sum up your PIPS experience?

It has been a really good chance to try a very different area of research with very different end goals and targets compared with my PhD. I have learnt a lot about the workings of a company and really appreciated the healthy work life balance they encouraged.

What advice would you give to other PGRs about PIPS?

Start looking early and be willing to try something out of your comfort zone/completely new. Use any connections that you may have from friends and family to help you find your placements. Talk to as many people as you can wherever you are and find out about their career path/what they do.

Niche medical writing – Apply anytime

Niche Science and Technology logo

Niche Science and Technology Ltd have recently advertised some medical writing roles for new PhD graduates.  See post on LinkedIn:

They can also potentially take our students on PIPS placements.  Have a look at their website:

If you are interested in exploring a PIPS opportunity with them, please contact our alumnus (2021 graduate), Ben Stevenson directly for an informal discussion, email:

ABPI industry/academic links – Apply by 31st March 2022

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Background information

Every two years ABPI, as the trade association of the UK pharmaceutical industry, monitors the training interactions pharmaceutical companies have with UK universities. These include undergraduate placements, PhD studentships and postdoctoral fellowships.

Collaborations between industry and academic institutions will also be identified and highlighted as part of this project.

Project offered

We are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific and project management experience in a policy context. The output of the project will be an interactive report for publication by ABPI and a slide set which can be used in presentations which highlight the contribution the pharmaceutical industry makes to the training of young people.

The project will be supervised by Andrew Croydon, Director of Skills & Education and Examinations, ABPI.


The project is ideally to be started around April-June 2022 but there could be some flexibility applied on discussion.


The ABPI office is based at 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT, although we have been predominantly home working since early 2020 and have hosted a number of interns remotely over the past 2 years – exact method of working open to discussion depending on Government advice at the time.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project will give the student an excellent overview of the biopharmaceutical sector and the interactions industry has with universities.

Contacts may be developed which could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry.


Expenses will be refunded in line with ABPI standard expenses policy. Travel expenses for commuting into London (if applicable) will be paid.

How to apply

For more detailed information on the project contact Andrew Croydon (; 0207 747 1436)

A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to Andrew Croydon, Director of Skills & Education and Examinations, ABPI.

The closing date for applications is close of business on 31st March 2022.

Qiagen Oct 2022 to Aug 2023 – Apply ASAP

Qiagen logo

Making improvements in life possible

QIAGEN Manchester Ltd
CityLabs 2.0
200 Hathersage Road
M13 0BH

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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 6,000 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 investment 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.

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
  • Ensure that experiments are completed to the required quality and regulatory
  • standards
  • Analyse and present results in written reports
  • Work 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, dPCR, NGS)
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Planning and problem solving
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated

Skills developed during placement

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

Number of Placements Offered: flexible
Possible Timeframe: Start dates are flexible between October 2022 to August 2023. The placement will last for a period of 3 months.

How to apply

Submit your application to the following contacts at QIAGEN:
James Curran ( and Brandon Foster (
Please include the following in email subject: PhD placement – “your name”.

Sense About Science – Apply by 2 May 2022

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At Sense about Science, we have some new opportunities available for internships from summer 2022 with plenty of vacancies from September/October onwards going into 2023. Our internships are currently running on a hybrid basis, and we hope to move to in-person over the next few months. We will continuously review the situation in accordance with government advice across the UK.

Background on Sense about Science

Sense about Science is an independent 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. 

Read moreSense About Science – Apply by 2 May 2022 – Apply by 6pm Sun 27 Feb 2022 is proud to be launching a flagship Innovation Internship programme for PhD students. We are giving ambitious and motivated PhD students the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship embedding research principals, methods, and their disciplinary knowledge in early-stage start-ups. This is a unique opportunity to experience research-in-action. This experience/support package will ensure our student interns are guided through their transition from academia to industry and take a wealth of useful skills and lessons back to their PhDs. We are aware that undertaking an internship with a start-up is a less traditional route for PhD students, which is partially why we think this opportunity is so valuable.

Zinc Innovation Internships 2021-22

Zinc builds brand-new companies from scratch to develop products and services that respond to urgent societal challenges. We’re looking for ambitious PhD students from a range of academic backgrounds, who are passionate about one or more of our missions to: improve mental health; enhance the quality of later life; and unlock new life chances for people affected by automation and globalisation. We are particularly interested in recruiting students with an interest in our current mission focus on improving mental health for children and young people. PhD students should be in their second year (preferably) although early third year candidates will be considered too. They must also be Research Council-funded given the internships are unpaid.

You can read more about this opportunity here. Applications can be made here, with a closing date of Sunday 27th February (6pm). To apply, you’ll need a short CV and a 2-page (~800 word) cover letter explaining why you’re interested in working with us. Once you’ve submitted these, we’ll also ask you to submit a 2-minute video telling us a bit more about how an Innovation Internship with Zinc will support your longer-term career goals. Full details are on the application page, but if you need more information or want to chat to us before applying, please email  

Please note the start date for the internships will likely be early May and run until early August.

You might also find it useful to watch some or all of the recording here of an introduction to the Innovation Internships programme, which includes thoughts and reflections from two current PhD students who have recently worked with Zinc and our ventures.

AMS Policy Internship Programme. Apply by 21 Feb 2022

Deadline for applications: midnight, Monday 21st February 2022

The Academy of Medical Sciences is welcoming applications for policy internships to take place in 2022/23.

Our policy internship scheme is designed to give PhD students first-hand experience of the medical science policy environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders.

Successful applicants will join the Academy’s close-knit and influential policy team for 12 weeks (three months) to contribute to a wide range of our activities. They will receive one-to-one line management, a tailored workplan and will gain valuable transferable skills for careers both within and outside academic research.

Applications will be welcomed from Wednesday 19 January 2022 and must be received by midnight on Monday 21 February 2022. Interviews will be conducted in the week commencing 28 February 2022.


The scheme is open to all UK-based PhD students (based in a university or institute), including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their Clinical Research Training.

In order to be eligible, interns must have access to either:

  • a three-month extension to their PhD maintenance stipend, or
  • funding for a three-month placement integral to the programme.

To apply, candidates are asked to supply the following, which must be submitted in pdf format:

  • An application form, including an endorsement and a supporting statement from their supervisor, and an endorsement by the Programme sponsor (the PhD Programme Director).
  • A short covering letter briefly describing their reasons for application.
  • A CV.
  • A short article, of no more than 800 words in length, on a medical science policy topic.

Further details on the scheme and application are available on the Academy’s website and application forms can be found via this link. Please direct further questions to Dr Tom Livermore (

Tom Emrich-Mills – Phase BioLabs

View from inside the Biodiversity building at The University of Nottingham

Where did you go and what did you do?

Phase BioLabs at The University of Nottingham – working in the Biodiscovery Institute in Prof Nigel Minton’s large and extremely well-equipped synthetic biology lab. My PIPS supervisor and boss was David Ortega, an ex-PhD student of Nigel’s and the founder of a recent start-up called Phase BioLabs –

The featured photo at the top of this article is the view from the Biodiscovery Building at The University of Nottingham.

David wants to produce solvents, plastic precursors and other high-value commodities from anaerobic bacteria using waste CO2 and renewable hydrogen as the only two feedstock gases. If performed at scale, this technology could be carbon neutral and make use of vast quantities of waste CO2 from the fermentation industry.

I undertook a mixture of lab work and online research. The lab work was split between proof-of-concept work regarding the gas fermentation technology used by Phase Biolabs and engineering new systems into the organism to enhance the range of products the company could manufacture. The online work was mainly market research and research into lifecycle assessments and emissions data for new chemical products, as well as searching for EU funding calls for the company.

Approaching Nottingham Castle

What made you want to do that particular placement?

David was the first to respond from five or so renewable or climate change-focused companies to which I enquired. His website was impressive, and his mission statement and his enthusiasm were encouraging, so I was happy to organise a meeting with him over Zoom. He introduced me to the field of anaerobic bacterial research and suggested some papers to read. The project sounded really interesting and there happened to be plenty of non-lab work to go alongside, enabling me to work remotely for the beginning and end of the placement.

How did you go about finding and planning your PIPS?

Keen to find a non-academic enterprise working in climate change or sustainability science, I spent three hours or so gathering information for companies in the UK that had an impressive mission statement. All it took then was several emails explaining my background and offering my help.

Once David was on board, the PIP was delayed due to the ongoing lockdowns. David and I were in frequent communication so finding a suitable three-month period was not too tricky. 

What have you gained from doing your PIPS?

My time at Phase Biolabs was brilliant. I experienced a fleeting but illuminating insight into the world of anaerobic bacteria research and the synthetic biology involved in engineering metabolism, especially towards engineering the production of chemicals from microbes.

I now have a much better understanding of market research as a concept and a practice. Finding out about the market you are aiming to disrupt is far more difficult than I envisioned, with many summaries and reports behind steep paywalls, key figures and references hidden in gigantic reports and relevant organisations unwilling to talk freely over the phone.

From a peek into the world of commercial funding, I now also have a sliver of understanding about work that goes into sourcing money for a start-up like Phase Biolabs.

How would you sum up your PIPS experience?

A welcome break from my research field. Hard work, but rewarding, interesting and mentally refreshing.

AMRC research intern – Apply anytime

AMRC logoResearch and Membership Intern with the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).  


3 months, ideally from early February 2022 but applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Download the job description for details:

2022 AMRC intern updated

Note about funding: This employer is based in London.  The placement can be conducted part on-site and part remote-working.  The DTP PIPS allowance is a maximum of £1,000, which in itself will not cover the full costs of a 3-month on-site placement.  Please bear this in mind when negotiating your work plan.  See the PIPS Funding page for more information:

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.

Random42 science communication – Apply anytime

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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:

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

Sarah Stevenson (nee Gratton): 

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.


3 months, available to start ASAP.


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:

How to apply

Please email 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


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


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.


Queries relating to the project to be directed to Heather Alford (

How to apply 

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th November 2021.  Completed application forms to be sent to

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 |

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.


  • 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,

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:


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 –

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


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.

North-East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG) Free to Register and Present!

Hello all!

An exciting opportunity is available to all White Rose students interested in medical, bioscience and related STEM fields. The North-East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG), hosted online, is a free to attend conference in which you can present, listen to some keynote speakers, and take part in workshops. The event runs this year from 11th to 12th November 2021 with the theme being Empower, Connect, Innovate.

If you are interested in gaining some useful conference skills or would just like to network feel free to register at submit an abstract submission by the 3rd September 2021 at (

Good luck if you submit!

UKRI Artificial Intelligence Survey!

Hello all,

The UKRI is looking for input as to how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in biosciences to help them identify future hurdles associated with AI roll out.

The survey is currently live with it closing on 22nd September 2021 more information along with how to complete the survey is in the link below. So if you want to help direct how AI is used in biosciences in the future fill in the survey!

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.

Another award for a White Rose student!

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Cara Wheeldon of The University of Leeds has won the 2021 Monogram Early Career Excellence Award (MECEA)! Her work on barley, pea, and Arabidopsis plant sensing genes could potentially increase our growing understanding of how plant roots interact with each other and their environment. Identifying and understanding these genetic functions could potentially improve crop health and productivity. Obviously both Cara Wheeldon and the potential of her research greatly impressed the Monogram and Rank Prize Fund’s. As part of the DTP she has done us proud and we hope to continue to see her and others succeed!

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Cara’s Profile:

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


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


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


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:

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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.

White Rose’s Mycrobio Team Wins at YES20 Competition

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Some good news from the DTP! the team Mycrobio funded by the White Rose DTP won the prize for “Best IP strategy” sponsored by Potter Clarkson at the YES20 competition. After a long delay due to COVID the competition finally took place on April 23rd, with the team submitting an IP strategy to use microbiome sequencing to create bespoke skincare products with the aim of restoring and maintaining a healthy skin microbiome.

The team consisted of a group of students comprising all our partner institutions including the Universities of Sheffield, York, and Leeds. This group has been a great example of the benefits of inter cohort participation!

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And without further adieu the particpating members were

  • Alice Seleiro “Team Leader” (Sheffield)
  • Orlagh Anderson (York)
  • Laurence De Lussy-Kubisa (Sheffield)
  • Maia Harvey (Leeds)
  • Jack Wright (Leeds)

Great job to all those above and hopefully we can do some more articles on you all again soon!

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 ( ) 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 (  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 .

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.

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

• 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: and Kier Wilkinson:

Deadline: 30th June 2021

AMRC Quality standards review intern -Apply immediately

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Download the leaflet below for details of a PIPS placement opportunity with the Association of Medical Research Charities mid-July 2021 to mid-October 2021. Applications are now open on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out. Promising applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.

Lost in Translation: Being a Mathematician in a Biologist’s World

Are you an interdisciplinary scientist working in biology? We want to hear from you! More details after this article.

When I first walked into my new lab, what bewildered me wasn’t the sheer amount of nondescript bottles and expensive machinery. It was the ability of my labmates to move between the -70 freezers, the centrifuges, the thermocyclers, and the gel stations and know exactly how to use each of them. As a mathematician who hadn’t ever ventured out of the library to apply my formulae to the real world, how was I supposed to keep up with everyone else?

A collage of lab-related photos. Top left, shelves stacked with chemicals. Bottom left, adult plants in rows. Top right, seedlings in soil. Bottom right, four thermocyclers in a line.
Plants, chemicals, and thermocyclers. These photos show the strange new world of plant biology.

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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.


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 ( 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.


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.


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.


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.


A CV and covering letter should be sent to Andrew Croydon, Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director, ABPI (, 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 (


ABPI Exam Digitalisation – apply by 27 Apr21

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A CV and covering letter should be sent to Andrew Croydon, Skills & Education Policy and Examinations Director, ABPI (, 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 (


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.

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