Current opportunities

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

Content team at FindAUniversity Ltd

Content team at FindAUniversity Ltd


Closing Date 30 September 2019

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

Singer Instruments

Singer Instruments


Closing Date 30 September 2019

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.

Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) team, UKRI-BBSRC

Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) team, UKRI-BBSRC


Closing Date 23 April 2019

The Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) team in UKRI-BBSRC, is recruiting for an enthusiastic PIPS intern. The successful applicant will gain insight into UKRI-BBSRC strategy and will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a funding body, whilst developing transferrable skills.

The main responsibility of the PIPS intern will be to identify, research and draft a series of Case Studies. These will showcase the most impactful projects funded by the annual Biological and Bioinformatics Resources (BBR) funding call. This is a good opportunity to work across the UKRI-BBSRC office with multiple teams.

The case studies produced will be critical in demonstrating the impact and uniqueness of this fund and in the forward planning of the scheme.

Background to the BBR Fund

The BBR Fund, established in 2006, aims to facilitate the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of high-quality bioinformatics and biological resources to support the UK bioscience research community. Have you ever used Jalview, Rfam or CATH? These were all supported, in part, through BBR funding.

This funding call invests in resources which serve communities from across UKRI-BBSRC remit and therefore supports a wide range of biological and bioinformatics topics. As part of these aims, BBR also often supports resources multiple times to allow for further development of a resource. The wide impact and long-term aims of BBR make this funding call a particularly interesting subject for a series of Case Studies.

Role of PIPS Intern

The PIPS Intern will be involved throughout the process of developing these case studies, including initial scoping and discussion of purpose and audience. They will carry out data analysis to identify interesting and impactful resources and gather further data on these through desk-based research and verbal communication with applicants. The internship will also provide the student with opportunities to improve their communication skills. They will lead on interviews with key researchers of the most successful resources, and will have opportunities to present the case studies in monthly team meetings. They will also develop their writing skills in developing case studies for different audiences.

Beyond the development of the BBR Case Studies, the successful applicant will also have an opportunity to be involved in other activities within the UKRI-BBSRC office.


If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, please complete the attached application form and return it to by Tuesday 23 April 2019. Skype interviews are to be held during the week beginning 6 May 2019. You should be available to start your placement the week commencing 3 June 2019, although we are able to be flexible if a later start date is required.

Questions on this placement can be directed to Dr Abigail Harris (

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