Kew Gardens – State of the World’s Plants & Fungi Symposium – Deadline: 11 Mar 2020

The closing date for applications is 11 March 2020.

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have hosted several DTP students as interns within Kew’s Office of the Science Directorate over the past couple of years and have found that they made a huge contribution to the areas they were working in.  This year, Kew have opportunities associated with their State of the World’s Plants and Fungi symposium which takes place in September.  This high profile international science and policy symposium is a key event in Kew’s calendar, accompanying the publication of a major scientific report:

www.kew.org/science/state-of-the-worlds-plants-and-fungi.

Internship Role: State of the World’s Plants and Fungi Symposium Intern. Two placements, each lasting three-months, are available – the first running approximately mid-April to mid-July 2020 and the second from early July to end of September 2020.

Location: Kew Gardens (Richmond)

Directorate: Science

Department: Office of the Science Directorate

Supervisors: Mimi Tanimoto and Robyn Price

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. As a volunteer intern, you will join a vibrant team of scientists, support staff and volunteers, contributing to the achievement of one or more of Kew’s three strategic science priorities:

  1. To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity, and its uses for humanity
  2. To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research
  3. To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management

These priorities enable us to curate, enhance, use, explore and share Kew’s global resources – providing robust data and a strong evidence base for our UK and international stakeholders.

Internship overview

Science internships provide valuable training and professional work experience. Interns work alongside Kew’s leading experts and have access to our world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, library and facilities.

You will support the planning and delivery of Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi Symposium, taking place in September 2020. This high profile international science and policy symposium is a key event in Kew’s annual calendar, accompanying the publication of a major scientific report: www.kew.org/science/state-of-the-worlds-plants-and-fungi

Working with our events, communications, operations and research staff, your responsibilities will include:

  • liaising with speakers, chairs, delegates and other project stakeholders
  • handling abstract submissions and responses
  • marketing and communications
  • procurement of symposium materials
  • database management
  • writing and editing
  • project evaluation and reporting
  • preparing briefings
  • assembling delegate packs
  • supporting venue operations
  • general administration
  • help running the two-day symposium

Training and professional development provided

  • Event planning and operations
  • Project management
  • Administration
  • Communication skills including writing, copy editing and brand awareness

About you

You will be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • A PhD student seeking experience in event management and science engagement

You will have:

  • A degree in a biological science-related discipline that includes plant science, mycology or ecology components
  • A demonstrated interest in biodiversity, its sustainable use and conservation
  • An operating knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
  • Excellent attention to detail, performing work to a high standard and using initiative to solve problems and troubleshoot
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Evidence of the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
  • A flexible attitude to work as project activities change/evolve

What you can expect from us

  • A full induction and appropriate training with ongoing support
  • Well-rounded work experience within specific fields to develop knowledge, understanding and skills
  • To be allocated clear roles and responsibilities
  • To be treated fairly and with respect
  • A friendly and dedicated team
  • Access to Kew’s collections of living and preserved plants and fungi, as well as its economic botany and Library, Art & Archive collections
  • An opportunity to participate in Kew’s internationally renowned science and conservation programmes

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter detailing your reasons for applying for this internship and including details of an academic referee (e.g. your university tutor or supervisor).

Applications should be sent to kewscience@kew.org

Shortlisted applicants will have an opportunity for a Skype discussion of the project with the project manager.

The closing date for applications is 11 March 2020.

Contact

Any questions should be directed to Dr Patricia Giggs at science@kew.org.

Science Administrator (Education)

Phone: 020 8332 5625

Email: kewscience@kew.org

Sense about Science – campaigning charity – Deadline: 1st Mar or 29 Mar 2020

Who we are

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policymaking.

Where

Sense about Science, 2 Stephen Street, LONDON W1T 1AN

(or ask if you are interested in opportunities in our Dublin office).

Project outline

1/ Voice of Young Science (VoYS)

Background

VoYS is our unique network of early career researchers across Europe committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. As part of VoYS we hold workshops to encourage early career researchers to make their voices heard in public debates about science. During these full-day events, participants meet scientists who have engaged with the media and learn from respected science journalists about how the media works, how to respond and comment, and what journalists want and expect from scientists. We recently updated our workshops to adapt to the changing landscape of public and policy engagement in science as well as the increased appetite we’ve seen from past attendees for information on how to involve research in policymaking and the necessary steps to take when engaging with different audiences. To effect, we have added a policymaker panel which sees a range of speakers from MPs to researchers at the forefront of the policy-science interface talk about how evidence influences policy, what policymakers are looking for and how early career researchers can get involved. We have also added an interactive public engagement session based on our popular public engagement guide, which we produced with the National Institute of Health Research.

Expectations

Organising a training workshop (including booking and briefing panel speakers who will be journalists, researchers, and policymakers), arranging logistics and liaising with hosts, content management of the website, support of social media engagement before and during with external stakeholders, facilitating sessions on the day including group discussions. Depending on placement timing there is an opportunity to be involved in the development of the programme with external partners, follow up work including collating and analysing evaluation data and reporting to internal stakeholders on successes and challenges – this is especially crucial to monitor and analyse our new panels.

2/ Evidence Week

Background

For one week in the summer, we hold Evidence Week in Parliament, our flagship policy event where we bring together MPs, policy advisers and community speakers discuss the case that evidence matters to people. The week involves events and briefings, as well as evidence stands that parliamentarians can come and 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 and be at the heart of Parliament. You will have opportunities to engage directly with MPs and policy advisers. In 2020, we are looking to develop the Evidence Week programme with a series of special events in the Scottish Parliament.

Expectations

Working with the project manager to secure funding for the event, liaising with potential partners and coordinating discussions with partners about themes and content. Working with the senior comms officer to plan a social media calendar for the event and to reach key contacts to inform them about plans for the event and how they can get involved. Working with the research manager to develop content for our own stand, and working with the senior partnerships coordinator to mobilise our networks to participate in the event. Working with the team during the event to speak to MPs and reporting on MP engagement afterwards.

3/ John Maddox Prize

Background

The John Maddox Prize is our internationally-recognised award that celebrates the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence in a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. The prize is a joint initiative of Nature and Sense about Science. Read the profiles of previous winners: 2016 winner Elizabeth Loftus, 2017 winner Dr Riko Muranaka and the issues for which she was awarded the prize, 2018 winners Professor Terry Hughes and Britt Hermes and 2019 winners Professor Bambang Hero Saharjo and Olivier Bernard. The 2020 prize will be launched in March. Judging for the 2020 award will involve our panel of high-profile and respected academics, journalists and science communicators including Lord Martin Rees, Sir Colin Blakemore and Natasha Loder.

Expectations

Working with our communications manager to create and shape the communications and press launch strategy, implementing the strategy including liaising heavily with journalists from major and minor press, opportunity to attend the high profile event allowing opportunities for networking.

4/ General office

It’s a busy, lively office where we all muck in and no two days are the same. You will be working with the senior partnerships coordinator, the policy manager and the senior communications officer, but there are many opportunities to support other areas of the team’s work. You will also have scope to lead areas of work. Crucially, our interns and what they want to get out of an internship are important to us so we will tailor their time here to meet their interests.

Essential skills required

  • Ability to identify and use initiative to solve problems
  • Ability to organise and prioritise your 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

Skills developed

The internship will provide skills and experience in:

  • Project management
  • Event management and delivery
  • Stakeholder management across different funding sectors
  • Website development and the production of promotional materials
  • Communicating complex information to a lay audience via verbal and written approaches
  • Develop a greater understanding of debates about evidence and areas that are difficult for scientists and for society
  • Opportunity to significantly grow your network

Number of placements offered

We have the capacity to have 1-2 interns in the London office at any given time throughout the year, i.e. a maximum of 8 in a year. For exceptional candidates we may be able to run internships concurrently especially if there is a significant project at time of application. There may also be opportunities to work at our Dublin office.

Possible timeframe

April 2020 onwards on a rolling 3-month basis i.e. you also can start in May, June, July etc.

How to apply

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter to Dr Hamid Khan (details below).

Deadline for applications

If you wish to start in April 2020, the deadline for applications is Sunday 1st March 2020 (23:59 hrs).

If you wish to start at any time from May onwards during 2020, the deadline for applications is Sunday 29th March 2020 (23:59 hrs).

Contact

Dr Hamid Khan, Senior Partnerships Co-ordinator

Email: hamid@senseaboutscience.org

Tel: 020 7490 9590

Website: https://senseaboutscience.org/

Royal Institution Digital Media Intern – Deadline: Mon 16 Mar 2020 (midnight)

The Royal Institution is world-renowned as the home of science and we are now looking for 3 PhD students to take on an internship with us as Digital Media interns. They would come and join our creative team of media producers and digital communication professionals for a 3-month placement to  gain experience of digital media and science communication. There will be 3 different start dates to cover the period from April 2020 to December/January and there may be flexibility for the right candidate.

The interns will focus on creating, shaping and developing our science engagement and heritage content, helping to manage our digital channels and working as part of the Ri’s new website project team.  Download the flyer for more information:

2020 Royal Instituion – Digital Media flyer

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, AHRC and NERC.  These opportunities are only open to PhD students who are eligible for a stipend via their DTP/University/research council in order to undertake a 12 week professional internship. Students should check with their university that they are able to secure funding before applying. They 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 WHITE ROSE BBSRC DTP CO-ORDINATOR – Contact me for the relevant permission and funding authorisation.  Catherine Liddle (c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk).

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

How to apply

For more information about our internship programme and details on individual placements, timeframes and how to apply, please direct students to our website via this link: https://www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us/programme-placements/phd-internships

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 16 March 2020 (midnight).

Contact

If you have any queries or need any further information about the Ri or these opportunities before advertising them, please contact me (noting my part-time working hours).

Becky Poyntz

Human Resources Advisor

Office days – Tuesday to Thursday

Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

e: bpoyntz@ri.ac.uk

t: 020 7670 2959

www.rigb.org

 

BBSRC Evidence and Evaluation – Deadline: 2 Mar 2020

 

Professional Internship within the Evidence and Evaluation Function

Within the Evidence and Evaluation Function at UKRI-BBSRC, there is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement to work on exploring new ways of portfolio analysis using a range of novel analytics tools. This interesting and challenging internship will provide insights into BBSRC’s portfolio and innovative ways of analysing and visualising data, which enrich the evidence base for decision making and strategic planning. As a PIPS intern, you will be closely involved in work that interfaces with many areas of the office, spanning the remit of BBSRC science.

Background

UKRI-BBSRC provides a strategic capability aimed at ensuring that the UK retains its world leading position in many areas of the biological sciences, and that the UK has the knowledge and skills base to remain internationally competitive in biology-based industries.

Within the Evidence and Evaluation Function, we seek to further develop our analytical capabilities, exploiting advances in text analytics, data visualisation and auto-classification in order to enrich the evidence base to inform UKRI-BBSRC strategic planning. With data at the centre of our work, we are enabling rapid, data-driven insights into our portfolio of research investments, outputs and outcomes. Within the team, we use a range of analytics tools, including Power BI, Tableau, Sci2, Gephi and Alteryx. We are currently in the process of exploring new data visualisation workflows, taking advantage of more advanced features of Sci2 and Gephi for network analysis. Moreover, we use text mining and clustering capabilities of the next generation clustering engine Lingo4G, which groups documents into related topics and provides simple and intuitive visualisations. This is particularly helpful in analysing multi-disciplinary areas of our portfolio, classifying those areas of research that span across remits of other research councils and funders, e.g. within multi-funder partnerships, and defining emerging fields of research. This innovative approach will enable new, meaningful and rapid insights into our portfolio and provide an opportunity for further collaborative work across UK Research and Innovation on mutual areas of interest.

Role of the PIPS intern

There is an opportunity for a PIPS intern to assist in portfolio analyses spanning the entire breath of BBSRC research, looking at emerging areas of science using topic burst analysis. Some of the analyses might focus specifically on defined areas of the portfolio, such as particular research areas, international collaboration and interactions with key stakeholders. The project will allow the PIPS intern to develop skills in text mining and clustering approaches, as well as data analysis and presentation. The PIPS intern will support UKRI-BBSRC staff in the above analyses and will have a chance to get involved in developing new data visualisations. At the end of the project, the PIPS intern will be expected to produce a report summarising findings of the analyses performed and visualisations developed, details of which will be presented to the team. The role will be located within the Policy, Strategy and Evidence Domain and provide a unique opportunity to learn about how our analyses inform the strategic planning and decision making. The PIPS intern should have enthusiasm for science and data analysis, as well as good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. This placement will also be an excellent opportunity to learn about other activities within UKRI-BBSRC and UK Research and Innovation as a whole.

When

You should be available to start your placement in May 2020, however the start date is negotiable.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, please complete the attached application form and return it to pips@bbsrc.ukri.org and Joanna.Jacklin@BBSRC.ukri.org

Download the application form here:

2020 BBSRC Evidence and Evaluation applic form

Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd March 2020

Contact

Questions on this placement can be directed to Dr Joanna Jacklin (Joanna.Jacklin@BBSRC.ukri.org).

 

Biochemical Society Careers Intern – Deadline: 2 Mar 2020

Careers intern

Internship: 35hrs/week (full time), in central London.

This three-month placement is intended to be taken as part of a funded studentship and students should continue to receive a stipend from their funder during the placement. The Biochemical Society is unable to accept interns without funding for this role. (Note: White Rose BBSRC DTP students will continue to receive their stipend during their Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement).  

The Biochemical Society offers support towards travel and accommodation costs for internships, up to a total cost of £2,400 for a three-month placement, payable through expenses.
Start date: April/May (flexible start)  (Note: White Rose BBSRC DTP students will need to access this funding, in addition to the PIPS standard allowance provided by the DTP, as living costs in London are usually expensive).

The Biochemical Society runs a broad education, training and public engagement programme, as part of which we develop careers materials and activities for a wide range of audiences across the molecular bioscience community. We are looking for a careers intern to assist with the team’s work and develop a new activity targeted at Key Stage 3 audiences.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a new careers project targeted at teachers of key stage 3 students (age 10-14). This project will aim to embed careers materials into school curricula and highlight the breadth of career paths in the molecular biosciences
  • Reviewing existing careers material to ensure they are still relevant and up-to-date
  • Supporting the development of new careers articles, case studies and resources.
  • Monitoring the discussion forums of the Society’s ‘Biochemistry: the molecules of life’ Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Skills required

  • Interest in education and careers
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Computer literate

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Lorenza Giannella, Training Manager: lorenza.giannella@biochemistry.org

Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd March 2020.

Contact

Lorenza Giannella, Training Manager

Email: lorenza.giannella@biochemistry.org

Biochemical Society Careers Intern – Deadline: 2 Mar 2020

 

 

 

 

Careers intern

Internship: 35hrs/week (full time), in central London.

This three-month placement is intended to be taken as part of a funded studentship and students should continue to receive a stipend from their funder during the placement. The Biochemical Society is unable to accept interns without funding for this role. (Note: White Rose BBSRC DTP students will continue to receive their stipend during their Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement).  

The Biochemical Society offers support towards travel and accommodation costs for internships, up to a total cost of £2,400 for a three-month placement, payable through expenses.
Start date: April/May (flexible start)  (Note: White Rose BBSRC DTP students will need to access this funding, in addition to the PIPS standard allowance provided by the DTP, as living costs in London are usually expensive).

The Biochemical Society runs a broad education, training and public engagement programme, as part of which we develop careers materials and activities for a wide range of audiences across the molecular bioscience community. We are looking for a careers intern to assist with the team’s work and develop a new activity targeted at Key Stage 3 audiences.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a new careers project targeted at teachers of key stage 3 students (age 10-14). This project will aim to embed careers materials into school curricula and highlight the breadth of career paths in the molecular biosciences
  • Reviewing existing careers material to ensure they are still relevant and up-to-date
  • Supporting the development of new careers articles, case studies and resources.
  • Monitoring the discussion forums of the Society’s ‘Biochemistry: the molecules of life’ Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Skills required

  • Interest in education and careers
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Computer literate

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Lorenza Giannella, Training Manager: lorenza.giannella@biochemistry.org

Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd March 2020.

Contact

Lorenza Giannella, Training Manager

Email: lorenza.giannella@biochemistry.org

Tel: 07976903668

Kew Gardens Science Festival Intern – Apply by: 14 Feb 2020

 

 

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Science Festival Intern

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th February 2020. 

When

There will be at least two placements, the first running roughly March to May and the second from early May to early August.

Where

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (Richmond, London, TW9 3AE), with some travel to Wakehurst (Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN)

Directorate: Science

Department: Office of the Science Directorate

About The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. As a volunteer Science Festival Intern, you will join a vibrant team of scientists, support staff and volunteers, contributing to the achievement of one or more of Kew’s three strategic science priorities:

  1. To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity, and its uses for humanity
  2. To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research
  3. To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management

These priorities enable us to curate, enhance, use, explore and share Kew’s global resources – providing robust data and a strong evidence base for our UK and international stakeholders.

Internship overview

Supervisors: Richard Gianfrancesco, Mimi Tanimoto.

Science internships provide valuable training and professional work experience. Interns work alongside Kew’s leading experts and have access to our world-renowned collections of plants and fungi, library and facilities.

You will contribute towards the planning and delivery of our annual Kew Science Festival; in 2020 it will run twice, once at Wakehurst in late May and subsequently at Kew in late July. You will work with our research, communications and events staff to help develop a range of hands-on science activities, games, interactive experiments, talks and behind-the-scenes tours suitable for different ages. Your responsibilities will also include support for marketing and promotion, developing and delivering communications plans, proofreading, copy editing, preparing briefings, evaluation, scheduling, general administration, purchasing, operations and help with running the event.

Training and professional development provided

  • Science communication including social media, writing, copy editing and public engagement
  • Event coordination
  • Administration skills

About you

You will be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • A PhD student seeking experience in public engagement with science

You will have:

  • A degree in a biological science-related discipline, which includes plant science or ecology components
  • A demonstrated interest in biodiversity, its sustainable use and conservation
  • An operating knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Excellent attention to detail, performing work to a high standard and using initiative to solve problems and troubleshoot
  • Flexible attitude to work as project activities may change/evolve
  • Evidence of the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team

What you can expect from us

  • A full induction and appropriate training with ongoing support
  • Well-rounded work experience within specific fields to develop knowledge, understanding and skills
  • To be allocated clear roles and responsibilities
  • To be treated fairly and with respect
  • A friendly and dedicated team
  • Access to Kew’s collections of living and preserved plants and fungi, as well as its economic botany and Library, Art & Archive collections
  • An opportunity to participate in Kew’s internationally renowned science and conservation programmes
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses between Kew and Wakehurst

What we expect from you

  • To carry out your activities in a way that corresponds with Kew’s aims and values
  • To attend training and meetings, as required
  • To learn about the work of Kew
  • To participate in the life of the organisation
  • Commitment to the hours and days agreed with your supervisor
  • To be reliable and punctual
  • To follow Kew policies and procedures

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter detailing your reasons for applying for this internship, including details of an academic referee (e.g. your university tutor or supervisor). Applications should be sent to kewscience@kew.org

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th February 2020. 

Shortlisted applicants will have an opportunity for a Skype discussion of the project with the Science Festival co-ordinators.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Pat Griggs, Science Administrator (Education)

Phone: 020 8332 5625

Email: kewscience@kew.org

UKRI-BBSRC Agriculture & Food Security Impact Review of the ZELS Research Programme – Deadline: 26th Feb 2020

The anticipated start date for this placement is April 2020 and the closing date for applications is 26 February 2020.

Professional Internship to support BBSRC UKRI Agriculture & Food Security impact review of the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) research programme
An opportunity exists for a Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) placement within the Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) science strategy team of BBSRC UKRI, to compile evidence of economic and societal impact in the UK and overseas arising from the research council’s investment in the ZELS programme. This role will provide the intern with insight of strategy development at BBSRC and within government, and its implementation nationally and internationally in the field of basic biology underpinning agriculture and food.

Background to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at BBSRC

Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food is one of three key strategic research priorities set out in BBSRC’s strategic vision: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/about/vision-mission-strategy/vision/.
BBSRC’s AFS remit covers arable, horticultural, forage and non-food crops, farmed animals (livestock, poultry and aquaculture), agricultural systems including soil, and the related food chains. The Research in Agriculture and Food Security Strategic Framework (https://bbsrc.ukri.org/documents/agriculture-food-security-strategic-framework-pdf/) outlines BBSRC’s priorities and goals in this area.

BBSRC is the UK’s largest public sector funder of AFS research and invested over £131 billion between 2016-17. It is essential BBSRC works to maximise the benefits from the research it invests in, to further support funding to the UK’s world-leading bioscience research base.

The ZELS programme (https://bbsrc.ukri.org/research/international/engagement/global-challenges/zels/) supports research and training to reduce the impact of zoonoses on the poor and their livestock in developing countries. It further aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines and from around the globe, and to enhance the scientific capabilities of southern partners.
The programme is inter- and multi-disciplinary, and includes biological science, environmental science, mathematical sciences, public health and animal health sciences and the social sciences.

Launched in 2012, the first tranche of the initiative, worth £18.5M of research funding, was made up of 11 projects investigating emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases in developing countries.

In addition to the research projects, since 2015, a cohort of 16 students from the UK and developing countries received doctoral training in ZELS related research, to the value of £1.5M.

The programme is funded by BBSRC in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

In 2019, a further tranche of £2.6M funding was made available by DFID to take earlier or ongoing ZELS research to the stage of practical application to deliver benefit and impact in developing countries. Six projects have been awarded.

Role of the PIPS intern

A PIPS intern is sought to assist with the analysis and dissemination of impact generated by the ZELS programme. Taking the projects’ impact statements as a starting point, you will set up meetings with, and interview, senior representatives from each of the ZELS projects to draw together the spectrum of tangible benefits derived from the ZELS programme. Using the output of your analysis, you will work with the ZELS management team to develop an impact report showcasing the widespread impacts from ZELS investments, including research and innovation;
research capacity; policy making; human, animal and ecosystem heath; and socioeconomic development.

The role will be located in the AFS team of our Science Strategy Group and provides a unique opportunity to learn about the impacts of the science UKRI funds in partnership with Government Departments and how science strategy is developed and implemented across the UK and at the global scale.

The PIPS intern should have enthusiasm for science, in particular fundamental research and biotechnologies, and be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and interpersonal abilities, and written and oral communication skills. This placement offers an exciting professional development opportunity as well as a chance to learn about other activities of BBSRC and UKRI.

How to apply

To apply for this PIPS placement, please complete the attached application form and return it to pips@bbsrc.ac.uk by 26 February 2020.

You should be available to start your placement in April 2020.

All applications should be sent to pips@bbsrc.ukri.org

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 26th February 2020

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

Contact

Questions about this placement can be directed to Amanda Read (amanda.read@bbsrc.ukri.gov).

Institute of Cancer Research Public Engagement – Deadline: 28th Feb 2020

Public Engagement Internship

Who we are

The ICR is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a PhD student to support the organisation and delivery of public engagement activities and events as part of the Communications directorate at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. In this Public Engagement Intern role you will gain an insight into engaging creatively with the public about world-class, cutting-edge research as well as useful experience in event planning and management.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic PhD student or postdoc who is highly motivated and organised, and has strong communication skills, including the ability to work with a range of internal and external contacts. We’re looking for someone with excellent time management skills, the ability to plan and prioritise their workloads and show initiative.
The ideal candidate would like to gain experience of organising events, developing communication and engagement materials, and have an interest and understanding of public engagement with science and research. A background in science is desired but not essential.

What will you be doing?

The Public Engagement Intern will work closely with the Public Engagement Officer to plan, manage and evaluate public engagement events and activities at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).  Every year, the ICR takes part in science festivals around its sites in Sutton and Chelsea, including the Great Exhibition Road Festival, creating and delivering meaningful engagements with the local community. The role of the Public Engagement Intern will be to coordinate the ICR’s contribution to these events.

A typical day may include liaising with external events organisers about festival practicalities, working with researchers to develop activity scripts, or co-chairing event briefing meetings with ICR staff and student volunteers. You will also be involved in producing content for the ICR’s internal communication channels and you will work with the Digital team to produce external content about public engagement events for the ICR’s social media channels.

What will you gain? 

As part of your internship you will develop a range of transferable skills. You will gain experience of managing events, coordinating a team of volunteers and developing creative engagement activities and experiences for public groups. You will gain an understanding of public engagement in the higher education sector and develop your skills communicating with public groups about complex scientific research as part of the Communications directorate of a leading cancer research organisation.

How to apply

Please email Daisy Henesy (daisy.henesy@icr.ac.uk), Public Engagement Officer, with your CV and a one page personal statement, describing why you would be the ideal candidate for this internship.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020.

Interviews will take place at our Chelsea site w/c Monday 2 March 2020.

If your application is successful, you will be offered an internship and we will arrange a suitable start date with you.

Contact

Please get in touch with Daisy Henesy (daisy.henesy@icr.ac.uk) if you have any questions about the internship.

Leeds City Council Healthy Holidays Programme – Deadline: Mon 3rd Feb 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) Post Graduate Research Student Placement Opportunity

 An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PGR student to work with the Leeds City Council’s Financial Inclusion team.

The proposed project is an opportunity to work with policymakers at Leeds City Council who are aiming to develop a longer term approach to the Healthy Holidays Programme and will be able to achieve this through strengthening its evidence base.

Healthy Holidays is an initiative designed to tackle the issue of food insecurity, and ensure children and low income families are able to access a healthy meal and fun activities during the school holidays. The Council has supported and provided funding for Healthy Holiday programmes since 2018 and has recognised the importance of this work at a cross-directorate level. This work has also brought together support from the third sector and private sector and is an example of how the city is coming together to tackle food insecurity and support families out of poverty.

Details of the placement

The research study would involve a review of previous evaluation and monitoring reports, extracting key issues and highlighting any areas which can be improved. In 2019 the programme produced 3 evaluation reports, one for provision by third sector organisations, one for school provision and one for Community Hubs. All three evaluations contained facts and figures on the number of children supported on the scheme and meals provided but also included a wealth of positive feedback from children, parents, volunteers, school teachers and people involved in the projects. This ranged from children improving in confidence and making friends, being more settled when going back to school to parents engaging with wider services such as job shops and benefits advice. The anecdotal evidence from these reports highlighted how the programme is doing more than tackling hunger during school holidays.
Once a review of the evaluation reports has been carried out, the next phase of the placement would be to develop and recommend indicators that can be used to produce a framework to capture the wider impacts of Healthy Holidays in order to help the Council and partners in the development of this programme.

The placement is part time and the number of working hours per week can be flexible, the start date is ASAP and the duration is 12 weeks.

Skills required

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis and report writing skills
  • Experience of producing evaluation frameworks
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with relevant stakeholder groups

Benefits and skills developed for the student

An opportunity to work directly with policy makers across the local authority and practical experience of developing evidence based policies that impact communities. The anticipated output is the development of an evaluation framework that will help capture the wider impacts of Healthy Holidays.

When

130 hours in total beginning ASAP for 10 – 12 weeks.  Weekly hours flexible and to be agreed.

(NOTE TO DTP STUDENTS: This placement is part-time.  You will need to either negotiate full-time for 10-12 weeks (3 months) or agree to extend the length of the placement on a part-time basis).

Where

The project will primarily be office based within Leeds City Centre, between Merrion House and Leeds Community Foundation. The student will be supervised by the Financial Inclusion team and will be based at Merrion House.

How to apply

If you are interested, please send your CV, one page Cover Letter and confirmation from your supervisor to h.e.crow@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline

Apply by 5pm on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Contact

Hannah Crow

Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) Coordinator

Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Manager

Social Sciences Building | Room 11.15

University of Leeds | Leeds LS2 9JT

0113 34 38468

H.E.Crow@leeds.ac.uk

LSSI website:  www.lssi.leeds.ac.uk

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