PIPS opportunity – Cambridge Cancer Genomics – Software Engineer Intern – Rolling deadline




Click the link below to access the PIPS opportunity details and information about how to apply:


Note that the funding offered by Cambridge Cancer Genomics is in addition to your standard PIPS allowance for travel and accommodation (£2,050 @ the time of writing).

PIPS opportunity – Royal Society of Biology – Deadline: 12th Aug 2019

The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) has two internship positions available for current PhD students who are funded by AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, and NERC.

Successful applicants will spend three months working at the RSB in Central London in 2020. Start and end dates can be negotiated as appropriate.

More information can be found on the RSB website.

Closes: 12 August 2019

Eleanor Kirby-Green MRSB

Education Policy Officer

Tel: 020 3925 3463


Royal Society of Biology | 1 Naoroji Street | London | WC1X 0GB

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PIPS opportunity – BBSRC alternative proteins – Deadline: 12 Aug 2019

Advert for UKRI-BBSRC PIPS intern – Alternative Protein Sources in the Food System

1. Summary 

UKRI-BBSRC is recruiting for an enthusiastic and capable PIPS intern to lead a project on ‘alternative protein sources in the food system’. The successful applicant will gain experience on how research strategy and policy is developed and implemented, whilst developing transferable skills that can be used in their research, including synthesizing key information to inform different audiences, providing thought leadership in an interesting and emerging area, and presenting findings to senior members of UKRI-BBSRC, academia, industry, and policymakers.

2. Role of the PIPS Intern

The purpose of this proposed project is to understand future requirements for protein consumption and the opportunities for research and innovation to meet these requirements. Evidence will be collected through portfolio analysis, scoping relevant literature, and stakeholder engagement with industry, policymakers, and members of academia.

The process by which the project is conducted will be developed by the PIPs intern, with guidance and support from Senior Managers within the Capability and Innovation Doman, and the Research Strategy and Programmes in UKRI-BBSRC.

Outcomes of the project will be disseminated to Senior Leaders within UKRI-BBSRC and the Global Food Security programme, and will help to inform future BBSRC research strategy, shaping priorities in our three strategic priority areas: Sustainable agriculture and food, Renewable resources and clean growth, and An integrated understanding of health.

3. Experience gained on the project

    • Opportunity to provide thought leadership in an emerging area of research and innovation.
    • Synthesizing information to inform different audiences, including senior members of UKRI-BBSRC, academics, industry and policymakers.
    • Presenting work to senior academics, members of industry, and policymakers at Strategy Panel meetings.
    • Experience of cross team and organisation working work the Capability and Innovation Domain and the Strategy and Programmes Group within UKRI-BBSRC.
    • Experience of liaising with external stakeholders and grant holders
    • Further develop planning and project management skills, in order to meet deadlines

4. Background to the project

Food and drink contributes £31.1bn to the economy, and is the single largest manufacturing sector, larger than automotive and aerospace combined. The industry is of strategic importance in enabling the United Kingdom to meet the challenges of providing a nutritious, safe and sustainable supply of food to a growing and ageing population in a world with increasing scarcity of resources.

The sector is intensely competitive and, apart from a small number of large companies, it is dominated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating on low margins.

In the context of an increasing world population, with an increasing demand for dietary protein further driven by the growth of the global middle class, maintaining global food security may require novel sources of dietary protein. Alternative proteins (protein sources that can act as substitutes for animal and aquaculture feed, and for traditional animal-based food) have garnered greater attention in recent years, with the formation of start-ups that are growing agricultural products directly from cell cultures, and SMEs using methanogenic organisms to create new sources of protein.

BBSRC released its Strategic Framework for Research in Agriculture and Food Security in 2017. The framework encourages strategically relevant research that will enhance UK and global food security by providing knowledge and evidence to farmers, food producers and manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Step changes in biological understanding of crops and farmed animals, and new disruptive technologies, will help address the agri-food challenges globally, whilst benefiting the UK economy by opening up new markets for exports.

It is unclear how this alternative proteins sector will develop in the next 5 to 10 years, and therefore BBSRC wishes to undertake horizon-scanning to predict the research and innovation needs associated with protein sources, and build on initial findings from the PIPs intern.

5. Application process

If you are interested in applying for the PIPS placement, please complete the attached application form and return it to pips@bbsrc.ukri.org by 23:59 on Monday 12th August 2019.

Download Application Form Here

BBSRC will host Skype interviews on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August 2019.

Applicants should be available to commence the placement from Monday 2nd September 2019, although UKRI-BBSRC can provide a degree of flexibility in regards to the starting date. The PIPs placement will be for a duration of 3 months.

6. Key contacts in UKRI-BBSRC:  Dave O’Gorman – Senior Innovation Manager, Business Interaction Unit, Capability and Innovation Domain (David.OGorman@bbsrc.ukri.org)

Andrew Hellewell – Strategy and Policy Manager – Agriculture and Food Security, Research Strategy and Programmes (Andrew.Hellewell@BBSRC.ukri.org)

PIPS opportunity – BBSRC GCRF impact and communications strategy – Deadline: 13 Sep 2019

Professional Internship opportunity:

Shaping BBSRC’s impact and communications strategy for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

 Within BBSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Hub,   there is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement to input into the development and delivery of BBSRC’s impact and communication strategy for GCRF. This interesting and challenging internship will provide an intern with insight into strategy development by the UK’s leading bioscience research funder and impacts of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) investment

Background to GCRF

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was established in the 2015 Spending Review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by low and middle income countries (LMICs). The GCRF deploys the UK’s world-class research capability to address the challenges faced by the Global South. It forms part of the UK Government’s pledge to allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income to ODA, with the primary goal of promoting the welfare and economic development of developing countries.

UKRI BBSRC and other Delivery Partners work collectively as well as through individual allocations to invest via GCRF.  Since 2016, UKRI BBSRC has invested its GCRF individual budget allocation through a wide-ranging portfolio of activities aimed at supporting the development of capacity as well as in providing the foundations for research partnerships.

As the first wave of GCRF investment comes to an end, we want to capture and communicate the impacts of this significant investment and consider potential future opportunities for BBSRC bioscience to contribute to tackling global development challenges (pending the outcome of future Government spending reviews).

 Role of the PIPS intern

We are looking for a PIPS intern to join BBSRC’s GCRF coordination hub, where they will work to support the development of forward strategy for potential future GCRF investment, as well as providing evidence to showcase the impact of BBSRC’s existing GCRF portfolio. This is a varied and interesting role working on a high profile funding stream. The intern will gain experience of BBSRC and wider UKRI strategy and policy development, as well as an understanding of the research for international development. They will:
Work with the GCRF Hub to develop the GCRF impact and communications strategy.

  • Write case studies for publication for a range of audiences (including the general public, government, researchers) demonstrating the impact of BBSRC GCRF activities
  • Carry out analysis of BBSRC’s GCRF portfolio of investments to inform future strategy development
  • Input into the development of forward strategy for capture and communication of impact.

If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, please complete the Application Form and return it to pips@bbsrc.ac.uk by September 13th 2019. You should be available to start your placement in Late Autumn / early winter 2019.

Click here to download the Application Form

Questions on this placement can be directed to:

Dr Frances Medaney (frances.medaney@bbsrc.ukri.org) or

Dr Stephanie Williams-Blackwell (Stephanie.blackwell@bbsrc.ukri.org)

PIPS opportunity – UKRI Policy Internships – Deadline: 12 Aug 2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Policy Internships Scheme

The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

  • Call status: Open
  • Call opening date: 18 June 2019
  • Call closing date: 12 August 2019
The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded doctoral students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.Internships are available within 29 different host organisations, including parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies, charities and other organisations.

For BBSRC students

Where required, eligible travel and accommodation costs will be supported by the host partner up to a maximum limit of £2,400, with the exception of the Centre for Science and Policy, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, National Assembly for Wales Research Service, Northern Ireland Assembly, and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre. Students undertaking internships at one of these host partners will be required to access travel and accommodation costs from other sources, such as the relevant training grant. Any shortfall in funding will need to be met by the cash limit of the training grant. BBSRC does not offer any extensions in any of the above scenarios.  

PIPS opportunity – BBSRC Policy Internships – Deadline: 12 Aug 2019

Copyright: University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 12 August 2019, 16:00


This is a 3-month internship opportunity for Research Council-funded PhD students to work in one of a selected group of highly influential science policy organisations. Typically, students on these internships will be expected to:

  • produce a briefing paper
  • participate in a policy inquiry, and/or
  • organise a policy event


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:


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


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.


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.


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

+44 (0)20 3141 3234