2 x PIPS Opportunities: Fera Science Ltd

Fera Science Ltd have PIPS opportunities in 2 departments. The placements are both due to start mid-May 2024 so there is a short turnaround time, but if you have been struggling to find a placement, or your planned placement has fallen through, this could be the ideal opportunity!

For more information and descriptions of the placements, keep reading:

Read more2 x PIPS Opportunities: Fera Science Ltd

31st May 2024- Public and Schools Engagement at the John Innes Centre, Norwich

The John Innes Centre in Norwich is offering a PIPS placement with the communications team. 

A PIP placement is available for those who wish to gain experience within a communications and engagement team to support the delivery of public engagement events and to learn skills in communicating science, event management and delivery, and stakeholder engagement.

Read more31st May 2024- Public and Schools Engagement at the John Innes Centre, Norwich

Phytoform Labs- Tools & traits team

In addition to their previous PIPS opportunity, Phytoform Labs are offering a further PIPS placement within their Tools & Traits team.

Phytoform Labs Ltd (Phytoform), a fast-growing AgBiotech startup located at the Rothamsted Research science park, is offering a PIPs placement for a motivated plant scientist.

You will be part of the Tool and Traits team to scout and develop novel genome editing tools and will contribute to engineering plant traits. You will be trained and gain expertise in the latest plant genome editing technologies and will directly report to the Lead Genome Editing Specialist.

Read morePhytoform Labs- Tools & traits team

Royal institute- 11th March 2024

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The Royal Institution (Ri) is looking for 3 PhD students to join them for a three-month internship across two different teams within the Ri: Public Programme (x2) and Digital Media (x1). These placements are ideal for students interested in science education and communication, and education outreach. 

For more information on any of these internships please see the attached job descriptions on the website here:  Science Engagement Internships May-Dec 2024 (x3) | Royal Institution (rigb.org)

Read moreRoyal institute- 11th March 2024

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


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CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. We bring science-based agricultural knowledge to millions of smallholder farmers helping to increase their yields and adopt data-driven approaches to support informed decision making.

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OZBRIUM – Cambridge

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OBRIZUM Group was established in 2015 to transform digital learning. We are a Cambridge-based EdTech company at the forefront of the AI-led eLearning revolution. Our founders discovered that the amount of information we need to consume and apply is increasing exponentially. However, existing eLearning methodologies — which present information linearly — cannot scale with this rapidly increasing body of global knowledge, and will eventually collapse.

Read moreOZBRIUM – Cambridge

Niche medical writing – Apply anytime

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Niche Science and Technology Ltd have recently advertised some medical writing roles for new PhD graduates.  See post on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6904758177192370176

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: ben.stevenson@niche.org.uk

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:


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: https://random42.com/

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

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

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

What you will do

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

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

Benefits to the student

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

Benefits to the company

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

Ideal candidate

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


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: eleanor@random42.com

How to apply

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

Deadline for applications

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

MORF coding – Apply anytime

MORF logo University of York

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: joyce.bennett@york.ac.uk

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The Babraham Institute – Tech Transfer and Innovation – apply anytime

Babraham Institute logo

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.

Read moreThe Babraham Institute – Tech Transfer and Innovation – apply anytime

Sense About Science – Public engagement – apply anytime

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About the organisation

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

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

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

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

Our primary areas of focus are:

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

What we do:

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

What you will bring

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

• University degree

• Some years of research experience

• Fluent in English

• Strong interest in public engagement

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

What you will do

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


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


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

Daily work pattern

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


Ilaina Khairulzaman

Head of International Public Engagement, Training and Marketing

Sense about Science

Email: ilaina@senseaboutscience.org

Tel: +353 83 450 9758

How to apply

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


No fixed deadline; rolling programme of applications throughout 2021

Lifebit – AI – Apply anytime

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

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

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

How to apply

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


Tom Sharrock

AI Engagement Manager | Lifebit

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

Email: tom@lifebit.ai

CambioScience – Deadline: apply anytime

Remote-working opportunity – Flexible deadline

Overview of CamBioScience

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


Michelle Ware

email: michelle@cambioscience.com

Tel: 07791481346


Unit 3 Duke’s Court

54-62 Newmarket Road,

Cambridge, UK


Project Outline

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

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

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

– Provide support with the promotion of the courses

– Designing questions for the course exams

– Hosting webinars

Essential Skills

 – Scientific background

– Highly Organised

– Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written

– Excellent project management skills

– Ability to work in a team

Skills Developed

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

How to apply

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

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

Singer Instruments – rolling deadline

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

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

Project summary

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

Project outline

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

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

Essential skills

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

Skills that will be developed

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

Number of Placements Offered

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

Possible Timeframe

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

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

Lead Contact

Dr. Oliver Jack Severn

Email: Oliver@singerinstruments.com

Tel:(0) 1984 640226

How to apply

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

CambioScience – educational technology – rolling deadline

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

Overview of CambioScience

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

Project outline 

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

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

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

Essential skills required 

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

Skills you will develop

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

Placement location



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


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


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

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

How to apply

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

TTP plc – Rolling deadline

The space to invent.


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

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

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

Internship description

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Rebecca Bradley I University Interactions & Outreach Liaison

Email: Rebecca.Bradley@ttp.com

Tel: +44 1763 262626

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

How to apply

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


TU Delft – Science Communication & Research Data Management – Apply anytime

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

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

Upcoming internship projects @ TU Delft:

1.   FAIR Support Team – case study development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information

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

Deadline and how to apply

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

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

Oxford University Innovation Licensing & Ventures – Deadline: open call

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

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

Click here to download PDF, including video links

How to apply

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


ITECHO HEALTH Machine Learning – Deadline: 12 Dec 2019

This is an opportunity to spend 3 months with ITECHO HEALTH as a Machine Learning Research Intern.


Website: http://www.itechohealth.com/

Itecho Health is a young, dynamic company established to develop digital health applications in long-term or stable conditions and is led by clinicians and experts in technology and business. We have created AscelusTM – a fully integrated platform with patient and clinician user applications and AI/machine learning module interconnected with existing hospital IT systems to improve management of long-term conditions. This aims to benefit patients (increased convenience and empowerment), commissioners (reduced costs) and hospitals (increased capacity for clinicians). This approach has been proven successful in 12,000 patients with stable HIV across five hospitals in Europe. We are currently working on three main research projects:

  1. To develop our platform for use in fertility medicine – to improve fertility outcomes in sub-fertile patient populations, through personalised prescription of lifestyle factors, predominantly physical activity and exercise. The AI system will integrate patient data and NHS Trust clinical records to develop optimal lifestyle interventions and advice.
  2. To develop our platform for management of patients with Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), that will provide a more convenient and time efficient way of managing their condition. The project aims to implement AscelusTM, allowing patients to record symptoms, receive clinical advice, test results, information on medication, and make appointments on their mobile device. This will reduce the need for face-to-face appointments and free up clinician time for more complex patients.
  3. To develop our platform to assist in the management of men with advanced prostate cancer. Men with advanced prostate cancer currently have to attend out-patients up to 15 times per year and our technology may be able to half the number of visits and replace these with a mobile interaction and video conferencing with the existing specialist team.

We are based in Nexus, a newly built research and innovation centre in the heart of the University of Leeds campus: https://www.nexus.org.uk/ 

Project background

Breakthrough advances in AI and machine learning (ML) have led to ambitious visions of how new systems can help revolutionize healthcare. These range from new approaches to understanding health risks, predicting disease progression, and creating personalized health interventions for improved patient outcomes; through to the development of innovative tools to support the practices of healthcare professionals, and reduce spending. To realize this tremendous potential requires the development of machine learning applications that are effective, trustworthy and implementable in real healthcare contexts. Itecho Health and key partners want to build a strong intelligence team to tackle this challenging ambition:– a multi-disciplinary group of machine learning researchers, social scientists, designers and engineers. As a Machine Learning Research Intern, you will be part of a team that develops human-centred machine learning solutions that can transform care pathways and improve health outcomes.

During the internship you will be working on all three project areas, with a main focus on improving and adapting the AscelusTM platform. Specifically, you will aid in the development of machine learning and AI interfaces for each project.

What you will do

During the internship you will be working on all three project areas, with a main focus on improving and adapting the AscelusTM platform. Specifically, you will aid in the development of machine learning and AI interfaces for each project.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team around healthcare applications of machine learning.
  • Develop novel machine learning models and algorithms which consider human (e.g. clinicians, patients) interaction with these algorithms.
  • Design, implement and evaluate machine learning experiments.
  • Write-up findings in technical documents and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Present your work to a range of audiences.

Ideal candidate

The characteristics listed below are ideally required for the role.  However, if you are not sure that you match all the criteria but you are interested in the placement, please see contact details below

 to have a discussion before applying.  (Don’t delay, as it is a tight application deadline).  

  • Have knowledge of machine learning models and algorithms.
  • Be enrolled in a PhD program in the area of computer vision/machine learning, statistics, computer science or a related field.
  • Have experience/interest in healthcare.
  • Experience of disseminating work through publication and presentation.
  • Have strong programming skills.
  • Have experience in software development practices.


Internships will take place for 3 months during 2020.  Dates are flexible and will be agreed between ITECHO HEALTH and the student. 


You will be based at the ITECHO HEALTH offices within Nexus on The University of Leeds campus, within a short walk from Leeds train station.

Discovery Way
University of Leeds



For enquiries concerning the details of the placement – duties, dates, general discussion about suitability, etc – please contact Joanne Howorth in the first instance.  She will direct you to the relevant person to speak to in the ITECHO HEALTH team.

Joanne Howorth | Engagement Manager: Talent and Skills I Nexus | Research and Innovation Service   Email: j.howorth@leeds.ac.uk           Tel: 0113 343 2706

How to apply

ITECHO HEALTH Machine Learning Intern application form DOWNLOAD HERE

Return your completed application form to:

Joanne Howorth (j.howorth@leeds.ac.uk) 

by the deadline: 11:59 hours Thursday 12th December 2019

Animal Science Global Professional Education Intern – Deadline: 14 Dec 2019

Animal Science Global Professional Education Intern

Enhancing the reproducibility, reliability and translatability of research animal studies globally

There is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for PhD student (PIPS) to contribute to the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology’s Integrative and Organ Systems (IUPHAR IOSP) Initiative led by Dr Dave Lewis (University of Leeds) to enhance the reproducibility, reliability and translatability of studies involving research (laboratory, farm and wild) animals in the Emerging World.

Background to IUPHARs IOSP Initiative

Countries in the Emerging World face many Grand Challenges including the prevention of diseases in humans and farm animals relevant to their country, sustainable health and wellbeing, and secure and resilient food systems. Studies involving research animals (farm, laboratory, wild) are critical in understanding both human and animal diseases, and in developing preventative measures or new treatments for them. Many countries in the Emerging World are also using the development of their national Pharmaceutical industry as a route to economic development. Attention to animal welfare and care is critical in ensuring that these animal studies translate into clinical practice. However, there is a severe shortage of individuals in the Emerging World with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake these research animal studies. Education and training opportunities in the discipline are scarce and patchy, animal ethics committees are in their infancy or non-existent.

To address this human capacity or skills shortage, in 2005 IUPHAR established its Integrative and Organ Systems Pharmacology (IOSP) initiative.  Led by Dr Dave Lewis, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Bioethics at the University of Leeds (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-lewis-ba927a8/), the IOSP Initiative is a global Knowledge Exchange and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme in research animal sciences, welfare and ethics.  Dave works with colleagues, professional bodies, regulatory authorities and Governments to co-create and co-deliver educational, training and CPD opportunities, Train the Educator/Trainer courses, and the sharing of good practice for all those involved in the care or use of research animals in India, China and across Africa.

Role of the PIPS intern

We are looking for a PIPS intern to work with Dr Dave Lewis and his international collaborators to co-create educational resources in research animal sciences, animal welfare and ethics and co-deliver these as Continuing Professional Development opportunities in Egypt and potentially India.

Specifically you will:

  • Co-create and co-deliver with Dr Lewis and international partners a Continuing Professional Development course for researchers and others involved in the care and use of research animals in Egypt (6-7th March 2020) and potentially India (Late Feb 2020)
  • Evaluate the outcomes and impact of these and previous courses/activities
  • Re-purpose the educational/training resources from these and previous courses into open educational resources such that they can be reused by colleagues in the Emerging World in their own activities/courses
  • Create a website that can act as a repository for these open educational resources

It will be an extremely interesting and challenging role, with an opportunity to have a substantial impact on science, animal welfare and policy in the Emerging World.  It will expose you to, and increase your knowledge and understanding of, research in the Emerging World, and the challenges faced by researchers there.  You will develop and utilise a huge number of critical employability skills and therefore this is an opportunity for substantial personal and professional development. Full expenses for any overseas trips will be paid for you.

What we expect from you

This PIPS is open to anybody who has a background in animal sciences – zoology, biology, pharmacology, physiology or related disciplines.  Ideally you will hold a personal licence under the UK Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act or similar education and training from another country or have worked with research animals (wild or farm) licenced under other legislation.  You will need good communication skills, be a team-player, flexible, adaptable, and good at problem solving.

How to apply

To apply for this placement, send your CV with a covering letter (of around 500 words), explaining why you are interested in the role, what you feel you can bring to it and what you hope to get out of it, to Dr Dave Lewis (email:  d.i.lewis@leeds.ac.uk)

The deadline for applications is 11:59 hours on Saturday 14th December 2019

For further details or more information, contact Dr Dave Lewis (email: d.i.lewis@leeds.ac.uk, Tel: 0113 343 4233)

AMRC – Deadline: 27 Nov 2019




The Association of Medical and Research Charities (AMRC) are seeking an intern for a three month period starting in January 2020.

Title: Research and Membership Intern

Salary: Please note that where the detailed information refers to salary, this does NOT apply to White Rose BBSRC DTP students, as you will receive a PIPS allowance to cover the costs of accommodation and travel for this placement.  Please see the PIPS Funding page for more details.

Placement: Beginning of January 2020 to beginning of April 2020 (3 months in total)

Location: Central London, WC1

Download the flyer for further information:

2020 AMRC_Research_and_Membership_Intern

and view the website: https://www.amrc.org.uk/

How to apply

Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter to Dr Jocelyn LeBlanc: j.leblanc@amrc.org.uk

Closing date for applications: no later than Wednesday 27 November 2019.

In your application, be sure to tell us:

1. What interests you most about working with AMRC?

2. What transferable skills you can offer in relation to the role?

3. Do you have examples of previous administrative and data handling experience?

4. What you would like to achieve from this internship?

Promising applicants will be invited to interview at our office in London by early December.


Reflection Therapeutics – Deadline: ASAP

Reflection Therapeutics an early stage start-up using cell and gene therapies to treat neurodegeneration.

The company is based at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK

They are looking for an intern (three month placement), interested in research and development in an industrial setting.

Download the flyer for further information: CLICK HERE 

and visit the website: https://www.reflectiontherapeutics.com

How to apply

All questions and applications should be sent to: Ola.wlodek@reflectiontherapeutics.com

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter.

There is no deadline for application but Reflection Therapies would like someone to start as soon as possible, therefore you are encouraged to apply immediately if you are interested.

Rosa Biotech – Deadline: 9 Nov 2019





Rosa Biotech is a University of Bristol spinout company developing a peptide-based biosensor for detecting complex mixtures of analytes. We are looking for a PIPS intern to join our team based at Unit DX, a biotechnology incubator in Bristol. The student will assist our CEO with market research and developing the company brand, as well as help our lab team to build our technology platform. The placement will be an excellent opportunity for a student to gain experience working for an early-stage spinout company in the biotech sector.

Internship title: Developing the brand, assessing the market landscape and building the technology platform for a biosensing spinout company.

Ideally to start in early 2020 but this is flexible.

2019 Rosa Biotech – CLICK HERE for more information

How to apply

If interested, please send a CV and cover letter to intern@rosabio.tech. If suitable, you will be invited to interview and we can discuss where in the company you would be best deployed.

Deadline for applications: 9th November 2019


Arne Scott

Senior Scientist

Unit DX | Albert Road | Bristol | BS2 0XJ

Website: rosabio.tech | Twitter: @rosabiotech

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/rosabiotech

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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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)

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)