Current opportunities

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

Licensing & Ventures Internship - Oxford University Innovation

Licensing & Ventures Internship - Oxford University Innovation

Hybrid working between Oxford offce and Home

Closing Date 30 December 2022

Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI) is the technology transfer  company for Oxford University, a world leader in translating academic discoveries into new products and services that will impact in wider  society.

Please see the attached flyer for more details on the position and how to apply.

OUI DTP Internship Advert.pdf

Technical Development Intern - Global Burden of Crop Loss at Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

Technical Development Intern - Global Burden of Crop Loss at Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

Remote or hybrid

Closing Date 30 December 2022

Placement offered 

An internship with CABI and the GBCL team will be a highly rewarding experience to help develop the proof-of-concept estimates on wheat loss and economic burden globally, for at least one year on a country/regional level. This is an exciting time for GBCL – we are rapidly forming partnerships, developing solutions, and refining our analytical framework. Interns will therefore be able to have a strong contribution to a highly ambitious initiative that aims to have a transformative impact on plant health.

The global challenge of crop loss

The impacts of biotic and abiotic factors on crop yield are significant, with around 20-40% of the world’s major crops lost to pests alone (Savary et al. 2019). While it is clear that crop loss causes significant impacts on food systems globally and that reducing losses represents a major opportunity to increase yields with minimal environmental impact, we lack robust evidence on the problem to mobilize action. Data on the scale, scope, spatial patterns, and drivers of loss are outdated, lacking in granularity, not shared, or missing altogether. Scientists often focus on a limited number of pests and geographies and often work in isolation, resulting in small pockets of disconnected information that are often not easily accessible to other researchers and decision makers. Without knowing how much of our food supply we are losing, where we are losing it, and what we are losing it to, actors across the plant health system lack clarity on how to take effective action and on which interventions to prioritise.


The 3-month internship may involve various aspects of technical development across the GBCL initiative. Which areas you may focus on will be mutually agreed during the application process. There are many exciting areas you could be involved in, including:  modelling the impact of biotic and/or abiotic factors on crop losses, supporting the development of crop growth models, developing layer representing predominant global farming systems, and much more! The themes of our analytical framework include:

  • Attainable yield in context
  • Actual crop production and yield
  • Yield loss
  • Apportioning losses: biotic vs. abiotic
  • Costs of control
  • Burden

This internship would suit a student who is interested in developing their data analysis and technical skills, and who is interested in the interface between science, policy, and decision-making.

Please note, if you are specifically interested in working with crop growth models, specifically the impacts of extreme weather on crop yields, there is scope to undertake a joint internship with CABI and Assimila ( Assimila use satellite data and weather information to address real world problems. They work closely with leading universities and institutions to translate cutting edge research into practical applications, developing innovative techniques to transform data into useful information for sustainable environmental management.

Essential skills

  • Knowledge of plant health or agricultural systems
  • Data analysis, visualisation, and reporting
  • Spatial analysis/GIS
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical programming language, such as R or Python
  • Investigative and analytical with a willingness to embrace new approaches and technology
  • Good quantitative skills (maths or statistics)
  • Curious and creative
  • Flexibility when faced with change
  • Accurate; attention to detail and quality

Desirable experience

  • Experience with crop statistics and crop growth models
  • Experience using earth observation data
  • Working knowledge of crop pests and pathogens

Financial contributions/benefit(s)

CABI are not able to provide any financial contribution or benefit. Expenses related to the role (e.g., travel for work purposes) will be reimbursed.

Application details

The start date is flexible.

Daily work pattern: Flexible (core hours 10 – 12 and 2 - 4).

Total hours per week: 35                                                               

FT/PT: Full Time

Closing date will be ongoing

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your expression of interest and how your skills match the requirements to Dr Anna Szyniszewska (Technical Lead - Global Burden of Crop Loss) (

Research Software Engineering Intern – Newcastle University

Research Software Engineering Intern – Newcastle University


Closing Date 30 December 2022

The Research Software Engineering (RSE) develop high-quality software in collaboration with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains. The team's mission is to support the transformation of research at Newcastle through the application of software engineering best practices.

The RSE team provide three core services:

  • Software Engineering
  • Grant Writing
  • Training

The RSE team has internships available for NLD students. There are a variety of areas that you could be working on, depending on your interests and skills:

  • Software – Design and build software solutions
  • Training – Free Software Carpentry courses and bespoke sessions
  • Deployment – Deploy your code at scale on the public cloud
  • Engineering – Help with version control, testing and CI/CD tools
  • Support – Signposting to community advice and 1-to-1 help
  • Grants – Put a technical plan together for your grant

If you are interested an internship with the Research Software Engineering team at Newcastle University, please contact

Website -

Twitter - @ncl_rse

Internship at Obrizum Group/CamBioScience

Internship at Obrizum Group/CamBioScience


Closing Date 30 September 2022

OBRIZUM Group was established in 2015 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, a world leading hub of science and technology to transform digital learning.

The founders identified that the amount of information we needed to ingest and apply was increasing exponentially. The company was created to cater for this need as the traditional system, consisting of catalogs of linear content, wouldn’t be able to keep pace and would eventually collapse.

Our unique Artificial Intelligence algorithms were developed to understand and map content networks that could adjust as fast as the market was changing. OBRIZUM's adaptive, non-linear approach is the future of digital learning and corporate training. Like you, we don't believe in "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to learning.  That is why we have created a truly adaptive learning platform that is completely tailored to the unique needs of every learner in real-time.

CamBioScience is our life sciences brand that works with world-leading experts to provide intensive on-demand training courses delivered via OBRIZUM in breakthrough life science technologies for academic and industry professionals.
The founding pillars that drive our company’s values, ethos and mission are Automation, Adaptability and Analytics.

Lead Contact
Name- Michelle Ware
Email address –
Phone number- 07791481346
Project Outline
The intern will be required to support with the development of on-demand training 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
- Promoting and sales of CamBioScience programmes
- Creating eLearning content for CamBioScience programmes
- Supporting the delivery of on-demand courses on our exciting eLearning portal for high-profile clients
- working on learning analytics to gain insights into the performance of our on-demand courses

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 eLearning programmes are developed. By the end of their internship, they will be confident with all aspects of delivering a success eLearning programme. The intern will also have a deep understanding of how non-linear adaptive learning works and how this way of learning is disrupting corporate learning.
Key skills developed include organisation, sales, marketing, problem-solving and project management.

Number of Placements Offered

Possible Timeframe
The start date is flexible. We accept intern students throughout the year.


Internship at Proteintech

Internship at Proteintech


Closing Date 30 September 2022

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.

130,000+ 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.

Lead Contact

Name: Rebecca Northeast, PhD


Phone number: (+44)161 839 3007

Project Outline

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.


• Scientific content writing –blogs, product focuses, 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

• Flexibility – freedom to use their own expertise and sphere of influence to generate content

and increase awareness of Proteintech with other scientists

Essential Skills

• Current PhD student in life sciences or a related subjected

• Enjoys writing and science communication

• Antibody user of 1-2+ years

• Confident in at least 1 (preferably 2) antibody applications

• Strong time management and organizational skills

Skills Developed

Scientific communication, scientific content writing, events management, digital marketing, market

research, cross-teams collaboration, commercial acumen.

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

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


Closing Date 30 September 2022

Placement Advertisement: Public Engagement Assistant (virtual) 

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research’s (CVR) Brennan Lab have 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 run 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 series of animations helping people in Uganda and Kenya understand genomic surveillance to improve vaccine uptake

ii.             Creation of interactive, educational resources on viruses and the diseases they cause

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


The postholder 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.”

Watch our showcase video here -

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) is home to an internationally leading critical mass of virologists, entirely focused on the study of human viral diseases and viruses at the human-animal interface. Established in 2010 as a partnership between the University and the Medical Research Council (MRC), the CVR contributes to national virology capability and supports the global response to viruses and the diseases they cause.

We have an international reputation for our innovative approaches to addressing wide-ranging fundamental challenges of relevance to any virus impacting global health. Our research is advancing understanding of the fundamental biology of viruses, how they emerge and move from animals to humans, and how they enter and spread through communities and cause disease. 

Since 2010, the CVR has made significant contributions to the study of multiple viruses including hepatitis C, herpes simplex, human cytomeaglovirus, influenza, rabies, bunyaviruses, dengue fever, Ebola, Zika, and viruses infecting animals, such as cats, horses or ruminants. This has involved the development of novel virus control strategies and facilities which accelerate antiviral drug discovery. Recently, we have been focussing our efforts on the fight against COVID-19. 

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 placements will be considered once safe to do so)

To apply please send a short covering email and your CV to

Qiagen Internships

Qiagen Internships


Closing Date 30 September 2022

QIAGEN is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world.

QIAGEN employ approximately 6,000 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Our mission is to make improvements in life possible by enabling our customers to achieve outstanding success and breakthroughs in life sciences, applied testing, pharma and molecular diagnostics. Our commitment to the markets, customers and patients we serve drives our innovation and investment in all areas where our Sample to Insight technologies are required. The exceptional talent, skill and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value.

Submit your application to the following contacts at QIAGEN: 

James Curran (

Brandon Foster (

(please include the following in email subject: PhD placement – “your name”)


Project Outline

In QIAGEN Manchester we focus on delivering solutions which facilitate personalised healthcare. You will join a highly motivated team working on developing Molecular Diagnostic PCR-based assays

Duties that will be required:

  • Design, plan and perform studies for individual research project to support the
  • development of new diagnostic products
  • Ensure that experiments are completed to the required quality and regulatory
  • standards
  • Analyse and present results in written reports
  • Work as part of the product development team to ensure a safe and efficient
  • laboratory environment


Essential Skills

  • University degree and currently completing a PhD in a relevant field
  • Experience in molecular biology (PCR, RT-PCR, primer design, dPCR, NGS)
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Planning and problem solving
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated

Skills Developed during Placement

  • Work experience in a professional environment
  • Experience in new molecular biology techniques
  • Day to day work following quality and regulatory standards

Number of Placements Offered


Possible Timeframe

Start dates are Flexible, the placement should last for a period of 3 months

Placements available at BBSRC's Swindon Office

Placements available at BBSRC's Swindon Office


Closing Date 30 September 2022

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. 


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

Singer Instruments

Singer Instruments


Closing Date 30 September 2022

Flexible start date 

9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday (3 month position)

The role

Calling all budding life scientists, bioinformaticians, programmers and engineers!
Do you want to apply your knowledge to product or application development during your PIPS placement? Learn how to: design robots; make a difference by conducting market research; try your hand at marketing; and develop concepts for new products. Get involved in development and testing of products and party with us after another successful product launch!

You will learn about Agile Project management, by playing a key role in new product development, experiencing software and hardware planning, design and versioning and how feedback from customers impacts our choices.

You will have your own research project, related to lab-automation, where you will use internal and public data to analyse a particular gap in the market, and ultimately help to shape an actual Product Development Proposal. You will have Scientific and Research & Development Advisers who will guide you. Your findings will be presented to stakeholders – including engineers, programmers, managers and other non-scientists. You will need to be able to communicate complex scientific procedures simply and effectively. 

You may also write an article, edit an application note, review a paper, get involved in making a video, or try other similar marketing activities. Every day is different, and this will vary depending on your start date.

You will be integrated within a closely knit international Research & Development team, collaborating with our labs in Singapore and the USA and friendly customers around the World. You will have the opportunity to share ideas and try your hand at product development, product testing, software development and marketing; the business is your oyster!

You will be mentored by one of the Research & Development team members, as well as one Senior Manager, who will do everything they can to ensure you have a positive experience.

Singer Instruments have hosted many previous PIPS students, and like them, you will have the opportunity to experience many different aspects of our business. We always work with you to understand which areas you find most interesting, and where possible, nurture you within those roles. You will have the opportunity to shadow different roles that are well out of your comfort zone!

Skills Developed

You will work with multiple people across departments, discovering new tools, systems and ideas. Furthering your understanding of how lab automation can support research and vice versa. Discover how new product ideas are taken from concept to market. You will gain an understanding of working within the robotics industry, across multiple business functions and of the laboratory automation market.

A small team means a lot of confidence-boosting exposure. You will be interacting with international collaborators and board level management. Helping to shape products that will be used by laboratories all around the World!


Singer Instruments is a small but rapidly growing UK-based company that develop and provide hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation. We supply public and private research institutions worldwide, in multiple facets of biological sciences including Genetics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, Cancer Biology, Biofuel Engineering and microbiology. Singer Instruments are proud to have customers within each of the top 50 Universities in the World. With offices in California and Singapore and our headquarters in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England, we’re close to all the outdoors action that you could imagine!

Don’t take our word for it!

Read a previous student’s perspective of a PIPS placement with Singer Instruments

Application form can be found here -

Researcher Live - Marketing Intern

Researcher Live - Marketing Intern

Remote with occasional visits to London

Closing Date 02 September 2022

About Researcher: 

Researcher was founded to help academics and researchers become the best scientists they can be. We make it easy and efficient for them to discover the information that is relevant to their research and teaching - so they can spend more time advancing their research and career, and less time manually searching for papers.

We believe that high-quality science and research should be discoverable, no matter where it comes from or who published it.

Our apps and website launched in 2017, and we now have 2.2m users from over 7,000 different institutions. 18,000,000 pieces of content from over 18,000 sources are browsed by Researcher users each month.

Find out more at

Role Summary: 

Researcher is offering two interns the opportunity to join a “default remote working” team to assist in multiple ongoing projects for the website and app, including working with our Head of Marketing and Managing Editor of our new feature, Researcher Live.

We’re looking for an active, organised and determined PhD candidate to help us put together marketing campaigns, create assets and post on social media. You will also be engaging with academics from various backgrounds to help create exciting Live talks and content for our website. You don't need a lot of prior experience. An interest in marketing and enthusiasm to learn new skills and work with people from a variety of industries is what we need.

If you are interested in gaining skills in a start-up environment, such as marketing experience, project management, communication, we encourage you to apply.

What we expect of this role: 

  • Enthusiasm for marketing and desire to experiment with different messages, creatives and channels
  • Researching and sourcing experts from the academic field to give talks on our new platform Researcher Live
  • Researching and understanding the marketing needs and goals of academic publishing, higher education and life sciences industries
  • Writing engaging blogs, emails and materials that demonstrate Researcher's features clearly
  • Generating ideas and highlighting opportunities for new marketing campaigns and Live events series and presenting these to senior management.

What we are looking for: 

  • Excellent scientific and non-scientific communication skills, as well as the ability to efficiently communicate with academics
  • We are looking for curious, diligent and flexible people who want to develop skills in the sphere of marketing and scientific communication
  • You need to have the resilience and positivity to keep trying when things are hard or don’t go right the first time.
  • A team player - you'd be working remotely, so organisational and team-working skills are essential
  • Some specific examples of experience in academia, life sciences, publishing, pharmaceuticals, sales or marketing in media would be an advantage.

What we can offer you: 

  • We are an emerging business moving at a fast pace. Our userbase is growing rapidly and we are open to experimenting with new channels. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to learn on the job, develop your skills, and be creative.
  • We will help you develop skills outside academia, invest in your personal development, helping you gain skills and experiences that will support you through your career - whether academic or not
  • Remote-by-default work environment.

How we work: 

We’ve been a “default remote working” team since March 2020. This means that everyone in the team works from home, and we use Slack and G-Suite to communicate and work together. We meet up in person at least once a month as a team at our office in White City, West London for planning and team socials. You must be able to attend these meetups in person - but you should expect to spend upwards of 60% of your time at home.

How to apply: 

Please send a CV and a cover letter to

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Kristine, the Managing Editor of Researcher Live, via email. Finally, if you’re not completely confident about whether you qualify for the role, but feel strongly interested in it, we’d urge you to apply - you’ve got nothing to lose.

The Babraham Institute Internship

The Babraham Institute Internship

Remote Working

Closing Date 02 September 2022

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

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

Applications accepted at any time with placement starting in September 2022.

Zinc Innovation Internships

Zinc Innovation Internships

London (in person) or potential for remote/hybrid working

Closing Date 20 August 2022

Zinc is looking for talented, passionate, ambitious PhD students to join us for fixed-term Innovation Internships of 3 months. We’re looking for students with diverse academic backgrounds but a strong common interest in generating social impact through applied research. Zinc runs a venture-builder programme, in which we bring together 70 entrepreneurs to create new commercial businesses that seek to solve challenging and complex social problems. Our current venture-builder started in November 2021 and is supporting individual innovators who are passionate about tackling the mission to improve mental and emotional health for children and young people to create new, scalable products and services that speak to that mission. We also provide ongoing support to a portfolio of around 30 existing companies, created during previous Zinc venture-builder programmes. You can see more information about all our portfolio companies at the bottom of this page.

Your role as an Intern will depend on whether you join Accelerate or work with a Portfolio company (see below for more on this!), the venture you work with and the project you take part in. However, it will always include 1:1 work with entrepreneurs in the development of their new products and services.

You can join Zinc in one of two different capacities:

1) As an Accelerate Intern – May-July 2022 (three months, full-time)

By May, the 70 founders who originally joined us in November will have formed brand new companies working on children's mental health. Zinc will recently have selected 15 of those new companies to progress to the 'Accelerate' phase of our programme, during which we help the new teams to refine their value proposition and work toward achieving product-market fit. At this stage, ventures are particularly focused on product development and user testing to refine their proposed solutions. You will helping them with things like:

  • Conducting user engagement and product development through an iterative process of experimenting, learning and re-experimenting.
  • Adopting a hands-on approach. In the early stages of building a company there is the opportunity to get ‘stuck-in’ to a range of different tasks and to experience first-hand what it takes to turn an idea into a workable solution/product/service. There will be lots of opportunity during Accelerate to work with different teams looking at different problem areas and different solutions.
  • Building “science-rich” products and services to address complex social problems. This will involve applying your research skills to specific scenarios that will directly inform the product development of the venture you are placed with.
  • Working with Zinc’s in-house R&D team to help founders and newly formed companies develop and work through ideas, design research and test their ideas with users.

We won't know until closer to the time which teams we'll be taking through to Accelerate or what they'll be working on. Being an Accelerate Intern means joining us at one of the most exciting and fast-paced phases of the venture-builder and helping teams survive and thrive in their early days as a newly incorporated business.

2) As a Portfolio Intern – May-July 2022 (three months, full time)

Portfolio Interns will join one of the ventures who have come through a previous Zinc venture-builder programme. We have a small but growing portfolio, currently of around 30 companies, ranging from between 18 and 30 months old. As a Portfolio Intern you will work on a discrete project, the scope of which will be agreed and refined collaboratively between yourself and the venture you are matched with. Apply to join a portfolio company working in an area that you care about, and use your research knowledge to design, refine and deliver products and services that respond to complex societal challenges.

You could work with the following companies:


Innovation Internships are open to any PhD student whose funding arrangements cover time spent on this placement. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check that their registration and visa status are compatible with the requirement of the internship.

Modes of work: We encourage in-person work where possible, but there is plenty of scope for a hybrid work model including remote work where that is preferable. Portfolio Interns will agree the split of remote / in-person working with the venture to which they are matched, but are likely to be able to conduct much of their work remotely if they want to. Accelerate Interns will need to be able to commit to at least some fairly regular in-person working, to give them a chance to get to know the founders and the Zinc team that they'll be working with. Whichever route you plan to take, Interns who are able to immerse themselves in the culture and atmosphere of a start-up environment through face-to-face work will likely have a richer internship experience. We will ask all Interns to our central London offices on at least three occasions during their placements to participate in cohort--level learning and development opportunities. However, outside of these activities, we'll do our best to accommodate a working pattern that works for you.

Who are we looking for? We're keen to hear from any current PhD student who think they could usefully apply either their general research skills or their specific domain knowledge to supporting the work of Accelerate or Portfolio ventures.

We're currently especially keen to hear from arts and humanities researchers, social scientists and those with some experience of data analysis. However, we are open to applications from any discipline and will prioritise evidence of the following skills and attributes over evidence of specialist expertise in any single area of research:

  • Passion for Zinc’s missions: You are passionate about the impact research can have on one or more of our mission areas. If you’re hoping to join the May 2022 Accelerator, experience working in mental health and/or with young people is highly desirable.
  • Ability to help design and deliver high-quality research: You have experience in designing and implementing research projects.
  • Interest in collaborative, cross-disciplinary working: You enjoy working with others, including those from different disciplinary backgrounds, and are excited by co-creation and collaboration.
  • Flexibility and ability to respond positively to changing circumstances: You can plan and execute research in a fast-paced, agile environment, working to tight deadlines.
  • Team player: You can work with your host venture in a proactive and constructive way and get behind the team mission.
  • Effective, positive and proactive: You are organised and hands-on, and able to use initiative to make decisions. A positive, “can-do” attitude is essential.

Accelerate Application Requirements

  • User engagement is a vital aspect of the venture-builder and we particularly welcome applications from researchers with experience engaging with hard-to-reach groups through novel or creative methods.
  • An interest in the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people.

Portfolio Application Requirements

  • An enthusiasm for bringing your research to bear on an area relevant to one or more of our portfolio companies.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Zinc's venture builders have much greater diversity than is typically seen in the venture world: For example, half of our founders have been women, one-third have been people of colour, and the average age has been early 30s. We are committed to supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in our innovation internships.


This is an exciting opportunity for PhD students to gain experience working in a fast-paced, applied and creative environment. Innovation Internships will provide the opportunity to:

  • Get a different sort of “industry” experience. This won’t be like joining a big corporate organisation. Our early-stage start-ups provide a fast-paced, creative and experimental environment to work on issues that matter. This is a chance to gain ‘industry’ or ‘commercial’ experience in a supportive, research-led environment where the primary focus is on addressing complex societal challenges.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of early-stage innovation and the role of research within that. As well as learning on the job, you’ll have unlimited access to content delivered in the Zinc venture-builder programme, covering a range of topics relevant to the development of mission-focused businesses, products and services from scratch.
  • Design and participate in research. Early-stage start-ups run a series of experiments as they try to figure out how best to serve the demographics they’re trying to reach. Innovation Internships provide opportunities to be part of creative, applied, design-led research with a Zinc venture. This might mean gaining experience in designing a research project, new methods or approaches (e.g. participatory or action research), or applying methods you know well in the new context of an early-stage business.
  • Help apply research to practice. Learning to apply research to non-academic problems is increasingly important to academic careers, as well as for those interested in pursuing careers beyond the academy. Innovation Internships offer students a chance to see and be part of the application of research to the development of new products and services and to understand how academic work can deliver impacts through its use in start-ups.
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral environment. Zinc team members, venture founders and our wide network of associated experts come from diverse backgrounds. Innovation Interns will have a chance to meet and explore their own interests with people from wide-ranging disciplinary and sectoral backgrounds.
  • Broaden your network and create unique new partnerships. Engaging with academics and non-academics from diverse backgrounds will allow you to build productive relationships beyond your own institute or discipline. These might form the basis of future research partnerships (including with partners outside academia) as well as supporting your personal and professional development more widely.
  • Make a meaningful contribution to the development of brand-new businesses, products and services designed to improve people’s lives. If you’re passionate about our mission, you’ll be excited by this chance to help shape products and services that might one day help us all respond to it.
  • Benefit from the support of our in-house Research & Development team. You’ll be supported by Zinc’s in-house R&D team, all of whom have come from research backgrounds like yours and will be on hand to provide help and advice.

Please note: This is an unpaid internship. We are only able to host interns whose funding arrangements will cover the costs of their involvement in this placement (e.g. Research Council placements funding).

When you apply, you will be asked to submit a CV and a 2-page (800 word) cover letter. Shortly after we have received your application, you will be sent the link to record a 2-minute long video on the Workable platform. You must submit both the written application and the video recording to complete your application. 

Please indicate in your cover letter which stage or stages you wish to join and your reasons for this decision.

Places will be awarded on a rolling basis, however we encourage early applications to avoid disappointment. For queries or additional information please email

Further details and application form can be found here:

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

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

London - To be discussed

Closing Date 15 June 2022

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 annual event the UCL World Stroke Day Forum

The UCL World Stroke Day Forum is an annual event that takes place around World Stroke Day in October each year. Launched in 2018, the forum brings together stroke survivors, carers, researchers, clinicians and charities all focused on improving research and rehabilitation for stroke.

The forum was originally designed as a one-day event in central London, however since 2020 the forum has been a week long digital event with participants signing in from all over the UK and abroad. This year we will be running a hybrid event.

The forum offers a range of talks, documentaries and workshops that engage and promote conversation between all of our contributors. It values the expert knowledge that those with lived experience, as either a stroke survivor or a carer, can offer the research and rehabilitation conducted both at UCL and the support offered by charities.

The aims of the forum are to:

  • Empower Stroke Survivors to contribute to and influence the future of stroke research and rehabilitation at UCL.
  • Provide researchers and clinicians with an opportunity to engage openly with stroke survivors and carers about their research and the current rehabilitation landscape within the NHS.

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging has a strong culture of public engagement and the post holder would aid in building this culture further. The post holder would be assisting the Public Engagement team to help deliver the event which will be a hybrid of both in person and online. They would be supported by a team of engagement specialists to help develop their skills in communications and engagement.

Duties would include:

  • Developing promotional material for the event
  • Working with researchers and charity partners to curate workshops
  • Event management
  • Evaluation of the event
  • Any other duties associated with the event delivery 

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 to explore all the opportunities available to someone embarking on a public engagement career. 

Applications close on 15th June 2022. Placements will take place from mid-August to mid-November.

To apply please send a short covering email and your CV to  

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