PIPS Opportunity – Public Engagement (EPSRC) – open call

PIPS Internship in Public Engagement (PoPPI Research Project)

Are you a self-motivated, creative PhD student looking for an challenging internship in Leeds?

PoPPI is a £3.4 million five-year collaborative programme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), between the

  • ​University of Leeds
  • University of Bristol
  • Northern Institute for Cancer Research (Newcastle University)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Domainex

The programme focuses on the development of computational and chemical tools to classify protein-protein interactions (PPI) and use the resultant insight to synthesize molecules, which act as selective inhibitors and, which can be used as chemical probes. Understanding and modulating the PPIs will increase the knowledge of the underlying mechanisms of diseases, such as cancer and the neurodegenerative diseases, e.g. Alzheimer’s, Huntingdon’s and Parkinson’s.

See an introductory video on the PoPPI website:

https://poppi.website

You will be tasked with generating sustainable resources for PoPPI that can be used to engage a wide audience including:

(i) the general public to well informed pupils & students

(ii) biologists and chemists with an interest in the PoPPI programme, and interests in modern drug discovery.

This could take the form of animations, videos, cartoons etc. The PIPS intern will be expected to lead on the development of these resources in consultation with the PoPPI investigators and team members as appropriate, and, an appropriate budget will be made available to deliver on these goals. Capability in web-design together with strong oral and written communication skills are desirable. Flexible working arrangements are possible by agreement. For additional information on public engagement see: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/about-engagement/what-public-engagement

Based at The University of Leeds.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Amy Rees a.l.rees@leeds.ac.uk

 

in vivo skills funding call 2019

Deadline: applications must be received by midnight Friday 28th June 2019.

Who can apply?

This call for applications is to the primary supervisors of 2018 entry White Rose BBSRC DTP students, as well as those who have students starting in 2019.

These awards can only be used for projects in whole, living protected animals.  Other species, such as insects, are not eligible for use of these funds.

Projects should train the student in the use of advanced integrative in vivo skills.

You may only apply once.

In scope:

Research skills training where a major component of the work involves developing and applying sophisticated physiological, immunological, pharmacological, behavioural observation or experimentation in whole, living protected animals (as defined in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986) in order to understand normal and abnormal biological / psychological mechanisms. Research projects must provide significant hands-on in vivo skills training, including (but not limited to): surgical and pre-clinical skills, complex experiments, novel imaging technologies and/or other innovative techniques.

Out of scope:

Research training which is predominantly focused on the generation of transgenic lines; model systems lacking clear novelty; or the use of animals primarily as sources of DNA, cells, tissues or biological fluids, are not included in the priority area.

Further details from the BBSRC are available HERE

How much? 

This is the final round for DTP2 and our remaining budget is only £20k in total.  We are therefore only accepting bids for £5k each.  We will make 4 awards @ £5k each.

How to apply? 

Deadline: applications must be received by midnight Friday 28th June 2019.

Send completed applications via email to Catherine Liddle, DTP Co-ordinator: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE

 

 

PIPS opportunity – The Royal Institution (RI) – deadline 1 July 2019

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 1 July and interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday 11 July.

The Royal Institution (Ri) is looking for an intern to start in late September 2019 to assist the Ri team with administering and delivering its programme of masterclasses. This placement will involve working with the Ri during its busiest and most exciting time of year and would be ideal for anyone interested in learning more about maths enrichment activities in an educational setting, and STEM communication more generally. It is a full-time 12 week placement working Tuesday to Saturday, based in Central London with the requirement to travel to Masterclass sessions in London and the South East. Students will therefore be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement. I understand that some funding bodies/DTPs offer expenses for this purpose.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

For more information about our internship programme and details on individual placements, timeframes and how to apply, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

PIPS opportunity – Academy of Medical Sciences Grants and Programmes for 2019-20

The Academy of Medical Sciences is pleased to open applications to our Grants and Programmes internship scheme for internships in 2019/20.

The scheme is open to BBSRC-funded PhD students through the PIPS scheme.

Students spend three months at the Academy offices in central London. 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.

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

Contact:

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

+44 (0)20 3141 3234

Student Showcase: Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall began her PhD as part of the DTP 2015/16 cohort at the University of York. Her project title is: The microbiome of the tsetse.

She has presented her work at numerous local and national events to universal acclaim. Within the department at York she has won KM Stott Prizes for both her 1st year poster presentation and her final year talk as well as a Science Faculty Prize for PhD Spotlight competition at YorkTalks. She also won a White Rose BBSRC DTP prize for the best final year talk.

At a national level, she was placed third in the Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year awards in 2017 and is the Communications Representative for the Microbiology Society’s Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum. She has successfully reached the final of the York three-minute thesis competition, the final of which takes place as part of the 2019 York Festival of Ideas.

A link to Rebecca’s paper, A Tale of Three Species: Adaptation of Sodalis glossinidius to Tsetse Biology, Wigglesworthia Metabolism, and Host Diet, Rebecca J. Hall, Lindsey A. Flanagan, Michael J. Bottery, Vicki Springthorpe, Stephen Thorpe, Alistair C. Darby, A. Jamie Wood, Gavin H. Thomas, DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02106-18, is here.

2018 Symposium Successes!

Our latest White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Symposium was held in December 2018, hosted by The University of Sheffield.

 

Congratulations to our student reps for leading the organisation of our successful 2018 Symposium.

 

Our wonderful student reps from across the partnership who did a brilliant job organising the 2018 Symposium.  From L to R: Milena von und zur Muhlen (Sheffield), Nathaniel Holman (York), Lewis White (York) Alice Thomas (York), Ben Stevenson (Sheffield), Michaela Agapiou (Leeds), Amber Shun-Shion (Sheffield), Stella Christou (Sheffield), Sarah Good (Leeds), Lukas Jasaitis (Sheffield), Julia Morris (Sheffield).
Rebecca Hall (York) receiving the prize for Best Final Year Talk from Prof Alan Berry (Chair of the White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Harriet Knafler (Sheffield) receiving her Poster Prize from Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Alexandra Males (York) being presented with the Best Poster Teaser prize by Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Stone, University of York – Prize for Best Third Year Poster – with Prof Alan Berry, Chair of the BBSRC DTP in Mechanistic Biology