Internships

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Current opportunities

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


Proteintech - PhD Student Internship

Proteintech - PhD Student Internship

Manchester City Centre

Closing Date 17 September 2021

Duration: 12 weeks, full time

Start date: Flexible, ideally September/October 2021

Company details: 

Proteintech is an international biotechnology company that manufactures antibodies, ELISA kits and proteins for use in life science research. Proteintech manufactures all its own products to the highest standards possible, with complete control over the whole manufacturing, validation, and QC process. 90,000+ citations of Proteintech products demonstrates what matters most to the company: the success of its reagents in the hands of scientists, helping them make discoveries that change and explain the world around us.

The role: 

The internship at Proteintech aims to offer PhD students experience in the biotech industry with a focus on scientific communications, marketing, and events management. Located at the Manchester office, you will learn from several departments during your three-month placement and contribute to different projects that will have an impact on the commercial success of Proteintech. In addition, we aim to provide useful careers advice and support for future applications.

Responsibilities: 

  • Scientific content writing –blogs, product focuses, marketing content, technical application tips

  • Events – helping organise and run events for the Scientific community, including Early-Career Researcher Meetings, Post-Doc Appreciation days, Technical Webinars

  • Digital marketing – working on website improvement, providing technical content for digital channels, social media content

  • Market feedback – performing market research, interviewing other scientists to collect feedback on Proteintech activities

  • Flexibility – freedom to use their own expertise and sphere of influence to generate content and increase awareness of Proteintech with other scientists

Essential requirements: 

  • Current PhD student, preferably with a research council studentship that allows external internships during their PhD (e.g. BBSRC PIPs scheme)

  • Antibody user of 1-2+ years

  • Confident in at least 1 (preferably 2) antibody applications: WB, IHC, FC, ELISA, IP (also including Mass Cytometry, SPR etc and other more specialist applications)

  • Enjoys writing and science communication

  • Strong time management and organizational skills

Contact Kier Wilkinson - kier@ptglab.com

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) - Quality Standards Review Intern

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) - Quality Standards Review Intern

Remote working / working from home

Closing Date 03 September 2021

Title: Quality standards review intern

Renumeration: Interns must be financially supported by their funding organisation and be available full-time for the duration of the placement.

Placement: Mid July 2021 – mid October 2021 (3 months in total) 

Location: remote working / working from home


About AMRC 

Over 30 years ago a diverse group of medical research charities formed the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then our membership has grown to nearly 150 charities across the UK and we continue to lead and support charities to deliver high-quality research that saves and improves lives.

We equip our member charities with regular guidance and training, and provide quality standards to help our member charities maximise the impact of their investment. We play a vital role in influencing the research environment from forging partnerships, to voicing our member charities’ concerns and ideas to policy makers, to developing position statements. Find out more about our work at www.amrc.org.uk.


About the role 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to the health and medical research charity sector.

Part of a small but passionate, innovative and influential team, you will play an essential role helping the AMRC revise its quality standards including its principles of peer review. You will have to develop strong relationships across the organisation and research leadership within the member charities.

You will be involved in:

  • Undertaking research on the breadth of topics to be considered as part of our quality standards, possible ways of evaluating, and understanding the intended and unintended consequences of measurement and assessment.

  • Engaging with members and other stakeholders on possible evolution and implementation of quality standards e.g. interviews, discussion, planning and delivering workshops/roundtables.

  • Designing plans to communicate revised standards.

  • Supporting with analysis for a report on the impact of charity-funded medical research.

  • Other activities you could be involved in or supporting include: policy analysis of emerging issues; political and policy stakeholder mapping; attending meetings alongside AMRC staff, on a range of issues; access to AMRC run training; supporting AMRC’s social media through blogs and Twitter, etc

 

Background 

AMRC peer review audit 

In order to gain and maintain AMRC membership, and the hallmark of quality that it affords, charities must fund research in an open and transparent way that includes a robust peer review process. Their ability to do this is assessed during the application process as well as during a full peer review audit that currently takes place every five years. Any organisation which no longer complies is demitted.

By adhering to AMRC's five principles of peer review - accountability, balance, independence, rotation and impartiality, charities can support the best research and the best researchers. This, in turn, can help charities

maximise the impact of their funding to deliver changes that really matter to their supporters and stakeholders, so that patients benefit from the fruits of research.

With this hallmark of quality, AMRC charities that award funding in an open competition are able to utilise the Charity Research Support Fund in funding research in universities and receive funding support with some of the costs associated with clinical research in the NHS.

The AMRC is in the process of completing its 2020 peer review audit.


Quality standards review 

The audit of peer review processes in our member charities showed us lots of examples of good practice and some potential future challenges. In order to maintain quality standards and lead in best practice across the medical research funding sector, we must review the current standards, including the principles of peer review. There is also a need to keep up to date with larger landscape changes and funder responsibilities such as research culture, open access publishing, patient and public involvement (PPI) and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). As the current uncertainty in the UK leads to more challenges for research funders, we want to ensure that the best research is funded in the best way by making our quality standards for funding as up to date and robust for the future as possible.

We will work with our members to support them in implementing any changes to our membership standards and share best practice. And we will work with charities that wish to join AMRC to help them meet these standards.


About you 

You have: 

  • Masters/are currently completing a PhD in a relevant discipline

  • Effective research and analysis skills

  • An interest in research policy

  • An eye for detail

  • Good time management skills

  • The ability to prioritise competing demands

  • MS Office (including Excel) skills

  • A positive attitude to work

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

You are: 

  • Well organised

  • Open to learning and new ways of working

  • Not afraid to ask questions

  • Able to work independently and proactively

  • Willing to work flexibly when required

  • Able to thrive in a busy environment with lots of challenges


Quality standards review intern 

Why intern with us? 

  • You will quickly gain a bird’s eye view of the UK medical research landscape

  • You will learn and use a variety of different concrete and applicable skills

  • You will get valuable insights into research policy, management and communications through training and participation

  • You will be part of a small, friendly team of approximately 14 people

  • You will begin to build a network and make connections within the sector

Skills developed 

  • Organisation, time management and prioritising

  • Written and oral communication skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Working across organisational boundaries

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Learning and new ways of working

  • Project management

How to apply: 

Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter to Alice Robertson at a.robertson@amrc.org.uk.

In your application, be sure to tell us:

1. What interests you most about working with AMRC?

2. What skills do you bring in relation to the role?

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

Applications are now open on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible. Promising applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.

The Babraham Institute Internship

The Babraham Institute Internship

Remote Working

Closing Date 03 September 2021

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.

We maximise the impact of our research through Knowledge Exchange, Commercialisation and Public Engagement activities. We do this by collaborating with other academics, policy makers, charities, schools, the general public and industry, including companies on the Babraham Research Campus. Commercialisation is achieved in collaboration with the Institute’s wholly-owned trading arm, Babraham Institute Enterprise Limited.

What does the project involve?

The Institute's Commercialisation team is seeking a student interested in working on a range of projects that will provide training and insight into activities typical of a technology transfer professional in an academic environment, and the activities undertaken to enable research to have a real-world impact. As the commercialisation team is small, the student will have an opportunity to contribute to a wide range of projects, with their work having a real impact on the group's activities.

Internship projects would be assigned in consultation with the student, according to their interests and expertise, when considering those projects active at the Institute during placement period. As the team deals with potentially valuable, cutting-edge innovations specific project details cannot be provided before the student signs an undertaking to treat all data in confidence, however activities would likely involve:

  • research into markets, technologies and clinical trials to understand the potential for new translational opportunities coming out of the Institute's Immunology, Epigenetics and Signalling departments;
  • developing the team's knowledge of funding and collaboration sources and contacts;
  • improvement of the team's technology transfer database;
  • commercial contract drafting experience.

What skills and experience will you need to bring?

An interest in technology transfer activities. Although not essential, a candidate would ideally have research expertise in the fields of immunology, cell signalling or epigenetics. Students would need to possess the following skills:

  • ability to work well in a team
  • excellent communication, both verbally and written
  • highly organised
  • time management
  • project management

The application process and contact information

To express your interest in this placement, please send a CV and covering letter to the contact email included below:

Dr Emily Boyce

Knowledge Exchange Manager

kec@babraham.ac.uk

We will then follow up to discuss your interests, skills and which tech transfer project would best suit you.

Applications accepted at any time

BBSRC Internship and Placement Opportunities

BBSRC Internship and Placement Opportunities

Swindon

Closing Date 03 September 2021

We have internship and placement opportunities across UKRI. Current vacancies are listed below.

BBSRC: Professional internships for PhD Students

Work placements are available for BBSRC-funded PhD students under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme.

You should be interested in gaining work experience at BBSRC’s Swindon office in:

  • corporate policy and strategy
  • science and innovation policy
  • public engagement
  • project management.

You can gain work experience unrelated to your PhD through a three-month professional work placement at BBSRC.

There are up to eight placements available each year at our offices in Swindon.

Placements are awarded on a competitive basis. You must first email to express an interest.

Email: pips@bbsrc.ukri.org

We will send you details of potential internship projects, how to apply and our assessment process.

Further information can be found https://www.ukri.org/about-us/work-for-us/apply-for-training-internships-and-placements/ 

Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) - Public Engagement Assistant

Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) - Public Engagement Assistant

Virtual

Closing Date 03 September 2021

Internship Advertisement: Public Engagement Assistant (virtual) 

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) at the UCL Institute of Neurology is an interdisciplinary Centre for neuroimaging excellence. It hosts and trains over 100 clinicians, scientists and support staff, and interacts with over 200 collaborators both at UCL and throughout the world. 

Our vision is to deliver clinically-transformative applications of neuroimaging that provide personalized prognosis and treatment planning. We investigate how the human brain functions in health and disease and how this knowledge can inform neuroimaging technologies, we seek to establish non-invasive measures of brain function that can be used to identify the physiological processes associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders, deliver personalized prognoses, and develop or assess potential treatments. 

Within public engagement, we aim to embed public engagement into the research process, equipping our researchers with the skills and experience to readily engage a wide community in their research. 

About the Role 

We are currently seeking a Public Engagement Assistant to assist with our work including: 

1. Co-producing new brain scanning helmets with young people with epilepsy 

2. An immersive art exhibition highlighting the experiences of people who suffer fatigue post stroke 

3. A film project co-producing a script with people with dementia and Carers. 

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging has a strong culture of public engagement and the post holder would aid in building this culture further. We run a large number of projects working with people with neurological conditions, their Carers and their loved ones. The final decision on which projects to the intern will be assigned to will be made following discussion between the intern and Public Engagement team. Responsibilities across the projects may include: 

1. Developing content for the website and other communications outputs 

2. Assisting in the delivery of an immersive art exhibition – both the digital and (COVID-dependent) physical exhibition 

3. Developing information and resources for research staff 

4. Assisting in focus groups, workshops and development of project materials (e.g. school kits) 

5. Working closely with the researchers, clinicians, artists, designers and creative facilitators on projects 

6. Any other tasks related to the running of projects. 

The post holder would be assisting the Public Engagement team to help deliver their projects, working primarily with the Public Engagement Officer. We are seeking someone with strong communications and organisational skills, experience of working with a diversity of people and lots of creativity! Prior experience in Public Engagement is not required, however experience of working with patients would be an advantage. 

The post holder will have the opportunity to suggest and embark on projects of their own dependent on time availability and are encouraged to discuss these with the team. 

Daily work pattern: Full-time, 35 hours per week. 

As part of this internship, you will be able to attend training and conferences to explore all the opportunities available to someone embarking on a public engagement career. 

Applications ongoing with no deadline (in-person internships will be considered once safe to do so) 

To apply please send a short covering email and your CV to c.hugill@ucl.ac.uk 

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) - Science Communications Assistant

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) - Science Communications Assistant

Virtual

Closing Date 03 September 2021

Internship Advertisement: Science Communications Assistant (virtual) 

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) has been pivotal in the UK’s response to COVID-19 and has built a strong portfolio of engagement and communications activities. The postholder will support the Communications Team in enhancing science communications at CVR. 

During the course of the internship, the Communications assistant will gain a variety of experience in traditional communications as well as in digital communications practices. The assistant will be involved as a valuable member of the team, contributing ideas for different projects and campaigns as well as helping to manage social media and web content. 

There will be opportunities to develop skills in: 

• Producing engaging content – including science writing for different audiences and multimedia curation 

• Social media management 

• Website management 

• Supporting storyboarding and script writing for the Centre’s new promotional video. 

We have a number of interesting projects coming up over the next few months, including content development around our SARS-CoV-2 response. This job will be different every day, giving you the opportunity to develop a huge range of science communication and creative skills whilst working in a vibrant research institute. 

The post holder will have the opportunity to suggest and embark on projects of their own dependent on time availability and are encouraged to discuss these with the Engagement and Communications Coordinator. 

About the CVR 

"We carry out fundamental research on viruses and viral diseases, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health and benefit of society." 

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) was established in 2010 and represents the UK’s largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists. The CVR currently hosts 26 Principal Investigators and alongside their associated teams this makes up a total staff and student complement in excess of 170. This is supplemented with affiliates from the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, Health Protection Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, thus creating a critical mass of researchers dedicated to the study of human and animal viral diseases. 

The CVR is embedded within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow which provides excellent research opportunities to investigate virus-host interactions and immune response to virus infection. A defining feature of the CVR is its breadth of expertise ranging from molecular virology to in vivo pathogenesis, virus-cell interactions, viral immunology, viral ecology, viral oncology, clinical and veterinary virology, viral diagnostics, virus epidemiology, mathematical modelling, virus genomics & bioinformatics. 

Daily work pattern: Full-time, 35 hours per week. 

As part of this internship, you will be able to attend formal training and conferences to explore all the opportunities available to someone embarking on a science communication career. 

Applications ongoing with no deadline (in-person internships will be considered once safe to do so)

To apply please send a short covering email and your CV to faye.watson@glasgow.ac.uk. 

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) - Public Engagement Assistant

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) - Public Engagement Assistant

Virtual

Closing Date 03 September 2021

Internship Advertisement: Public Engagement Assistant (Virtual)

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) has been pivotal in the UK’s response to COVID-19 and has built a strong portfolio of engagement and communications activities. The postholder will support the Engagement and Communications Coordinator to embed an internal culture that supports and values public engagement with research. Potential projects are briefly described below. The final decision on which projects to pursue will be made following discussion between the intern and Engagement and Communications Coordinator: 

1. Support the Engagement and Communications Coordinator to deliver a programme of patient and public involvement activities leading up to an online forum highlighting the CVR’s research on blood-borne viruses. 

2. Support the Engagement and Communications Coordinator to launch a citizen science project related to viral vectors and climate change. 

3. Design and/ or deliver various other public engagement projects with CVR researchers, which may include but are not limited to: 

i. A social science project on people’s experiences of the pandemic 

ii. Creation of interactive, educational resources on SARS-CoV-2 

iii. Creation of a package of resources on the CVR’s research response to COVID-19 


The post holder will have the opportunity to suggest and embark on projects of their own dependent on time availability and are encouraged to discuss these with the Engagement and Communications Coordinator.  

About the CVR  

"We carry out fundamental research on viruses and viral diseases, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health and benefit of society."  


The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) was established in 2010 and represents the UK’s largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists. The CVR currently hosts 26 Principal Investigators and alongside their associated teams this makes up a total staff and student complement in excess of 170. This is supplemented with affiliates from the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, Health Protection Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, thus creating a critical mass of researchers dedicated to the study of human and animal viral diseases. 

The CVR is embedded within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow which provides excellent research opportunities to investigate virus-host interactions and immune response to virus infection. A defining feature of the CVR is its breadth of expertise ranging from molecular virology to in vivo pathogenesis, virus-cell interactions, viral immunology, viral ecology, viral oncology, clinical and veterinary virology, viral diagnostics, virus epidemiology, mathematical modelling, virus genomics & bioinformatics. 

Daily work pattern: Full-time, 35 hours per week.  

As part of this internship, you will be able to attend formal training and conferences to explore all the opportunities available to someone embarking on a public engagement career. 

Applications ongoing with no deadline (in-person internships will be considered once safe to do so)  

To apply please send a short covering email and your CV to faye.watson@glasgow.ac.uk 

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