Current opportunities

We hope the following list of internship opportunities might be of interest for BBSRC DTP students.

UKRI have now opened their Policy Internship scheme with the closing date for applications being 10th September.

Please see the link for further information:

Content team at FindAUniversity Ltd

Content team at FindAUniversity Ltd


Closing Date 30 September 2020

Please see the attachment below for a potential placement opportunity with FindAUniversity Ltd. This position is with their Content team and would be ideal for a PhD student seeking experience in areas relevant to digital publishing, science communication and higher education policy. This internship would be based in Sheffield, but they are able to assist with accommodation or commuting expenses where required. The NLD BSBRC DTP PIPS bursary would also be available. The timescale for the opportunity is flexible and applications are accepted all year round.

PIPS Placement (FindAUniversity).docx

Cambridge Cancer Genomics

Cambridge Cancer Genomics


Closing Date 30 September 2020

We have received details of the following potential PIPS placement. If you are interested or would like more information please complete this form or alternatively email Joan Tanous a CV and covering letter.

Company Name:
Cambridge Cancer Genomics (
Registered Company Number:
Cambridge Cancer Genomics,
72 Hills Road,
Cambridgeshire, UK,
Number of employees:
What our organisation does:
We are a leading precision medicine start-up, creating intelligent software to enable oncologists to monitor response to cancer therapy in near real-time. Our team uses applied bioinformatics, machine learning, genomics, and the experience of our associated oncologists and surgeons to bring low invasive ‘liquid biopsies’ to cancer clinics worldwide. We are deep in the stages of R&D with clinical partnerships in California, the UK and Singapore, where we are working to understand the clinical consequences of tumour evolution during treatment. We have completed two tranches of fundraising; first from a large Cancer Centre and the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program and later by top UK and Silicon Valley investors, and are now focused on growing quickly.
We have built a suite of products called OncOS which incorporates our proprietary technology. We can predict response to therapy more accurately and reduce ineffective treatment regimens. We can also detect relapse earlier than standard of care. We give oncologists the head start they need to stay ahead of an evolving tumour.
Project Name:
Towards Bioinformatics in the Cloud
Project Description:
At CCG we build complex bioinformatics pipelines with cutting edge cloud technology. We are constantly improving and adding to our wide array of pipelines. We need enthusiastic bioinformaticians, with NGS experience to help refine our current analysis and shape new ones.
We are diligent about our code delivery and specialise in delivering clean code. This internship would suit a candidate who has some beginner knowledge of python and wants to learn how to deliver code at the next level in a professional environment. Learning the foundations of software engineering on this internship will allow our interns to go forwards and produce more reliable and more streamlined code. The successful candidate will have key input into designing this pipeline, the tools used, and any new tools that arise from our need to process the data. You'll learn lots about the workings of a startup and make a real impact on our trajectory.
As for project specifics, we have multiple mini-projects to choose from which can be discussed
The timeframe of the internship is flexible. Our priorities can change quickly, so it could be that the work done on the internship is different to what was initially described. However, we do our best to ensure everyone works on things they are happy with!
There is a budget of £250pcm for the successful candidate to choose how they spend their time. The budget is to go towards accommodation or travel, however they choose to spend it along with remote working also being an option.
· Strong grounding in bioinformatics; either algorithm design or use of widely used tools (GATK, BWA, Picard)
· Beginner to intermediate Python, with a willingness to learn more
· Experience with copy number data
· Knowledge of GIT version control
· Beginner to intermediate R programming language knowledge
Contact details:
Joan Tanous

Deep Branch Biotechnology

Deep Branch Biotechnology

Nottingham (UK) and Leiden (Netherlands)

Closing Date 30 September 2020

Deep Branch Biotechnology are looking for PIPS students to undertake a number of roles within their organisation. This is an open call and applications can be accepted at any time. All applications should be sent to Please see the PDF attached.

DBB DTP PIP advert.pdf

Singer Instruments

Singer Instruments


Closing Date 30 September 2020

Lead Contact

Name- Dr. Oliver Jack Severn

Email address -

Phone number- (0) 1984 640226

Please apply through our website at:

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’s 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 arrange.

Skills 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.




Closing Date 31 August 2020

- CamBioScience is 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.

- In 4 years, 800 scientists have been trained from over 80 leading academic and industrial institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide.

Further details on the role and how to apply can be found below; 

PIPS Placement Advert Form_Newcastle_2020.doc

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