Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

Imperial Grand Challenges Retreat – AI & Data – 23-25 March 2020, London (venue TBC)

Come and join us at our next 3 day non-residential retreat in London. This retreat offers EPSRC-funded* doctoral students the opportunity to participate in enhanced professional development through interaction with industry and academics within the theme of AI & Machine Learning – one of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenges.

Retreat participants will have the opportunity to network and knowledge exchange, learn how to create impact in industry from research and receive advice and development support through observations and feedback.

The three days will consist of:

  • Day 1 – Pitch coaching workshop- designed to help students communicate their research to an industrial audience and think more innovatively
  • Day 2 & 3 – Attendance at AI UK at the Alan Turing Institute

As part of the AI UK event, the Alan Turing Institute invite talented UK-based students to display and present their current research in AI at this event. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students who are currently researching AI topics to present research techniques or applications to a high profile audience of both influential researchers and research users, from across industry and the public sector.  You can find more information and apply here.  The submission deadline is 31 January 2020 at 17:00 UK time.

Note: Travel, tickets to AI UK and subsistence will be covered by the Graduate School only for those students attending the three day retreat.   

To book onto this retreat, please click here.

*Some President’s PhD Scholarship-funded students may be eligible due to the make-up of this funding. Please indicate this on the booking form.

Innovation Internships scheme

The Innovation Internship programme (formally Innovation Placements) has been designed to enable part or fully EPSRC-funded doctoral students to engage with real world projects. The projects allow students to demonstrate impact from their research, develop and utilise transferable skills and competencies to work effectively and collaboratively with companies to solve business and societal challenges.

More information:

Volunteer for Imperial Lates

What are the Imperial Lates?

They’re a series of adults only evening events where the public can have fun with research, chat to scientists and have a drink with friends. There are 5 in the academic year, each on a different theme, and lots of different kinds of content including: live experiments, creative workshops, inspiring talks, games, performances and anything we think might inspire curiosity and allow people to have a bit of fun!

When are they and when would I need to be there?

  • All Lates run: 6pm – 9pm | Various dates (below) | College Main Entrance, South Kensington Campus
  • Volunteer shift times are always 5.30pm – 9.30pm

Your night as a volunteer:

  • No experience needed, full briefing provided and we rotate you every hour of your shift to make sure you have a range of experiences!
  • Tasks include: welcoming visitors and answering questions, helping with a particular talk/event or providing support to researchers taking part
  • Be part of the buzz on the night! The researchers come up with really creative ways to engage the public and it’s our role to support them
  • Join us after we close to the public for backstage pizza for everyone involved – a great chance to chat and meet people.

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What are the themes?

Science without borders – 9 October 2019

Our globetrotting, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community of worldy scientists descend on South Kensington to tell stories of exploration and adventure. This is your chance to tour the world of science; from new, low-cost prosthetics engineered in Mozambique and diet monitoring wearable tech trialled in Ghana, to oil-spill clean-up sponges developed in India. In Europe we will be exploring gardening therapy for patients in Italy and bumblebee surveys in Arctic Sweden, whilst saving a species of apple tree from extinction in central Asia

Infectious – 12 November 2019

Join our ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs. Hear stories from the front line of the fight against disease, watch antimicrobial resistance theatre and try not to spend too long in our Infectious Arcade!

Winter Wonderlab – 5 December 2019

In the festive period as the nights draw in, we celebrate the chillier side of science. From the low temperature physics and the freezing temperatures of outer space, to Arctic surveys and glaciology, via all manner of sub-zero chemistry and festive fun, embrace the cold in our Winter Wonderlab.

Future Commuter – 13 February 2019

If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Well now is your chance. Travel over to Imperial in February to meet the scientists and engineers exploring the probabilities of our future mobility.

Beautiful Data – 12 March 2019

Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This most precious of commodities could deliver breakthroughs in medicine and patient care, help us better understand the universe or make our lives easier by training our household devices and phones to know what we like. But does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy and how much of a say do we have in how our data is used? Explore both sides of this (bit)coin at Imperial Lates.

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Teaching opportunity for PhD students – BMB GTA recruitment call 2019/2020

BSc Medical Biosciences is recruiting Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to assist with the lab practical teaching in the Year 1 and Year 2 Lab Pod Modules.

We are looking for current Imperial PhD students who are interested in applying to be a GTA in 2019/20 to give practical lab demonstrations on the BSc in Medical Biosciences (BMB) programme, run in the Faculty of Medicine.  Labs run throughout the academic year, and you will work alongside teaching fellows to supervise and guide first or second year undergraduate students.

We are looking for potential GTAs with experience in at least one of the following techniques: cell culture, RQ-PCR, western blot, flow cytometry, bacterial cloning, CRISPR, or who have demonstrated in any of the current lab practicals run for undergraduates or at masters level courses using similar techniques. You should feel comfortable troubleshooting techniques, and discussing results with the students.

If you are interested please read the attached information sheet and complete this expression of interest form by September 6th.

You will need to be able to attend training on one of the following days:

September 17th at 1pm

September 19th at 10am

September 25th at 1pm

Training sessions will be run in North lab 2 on the 3rd floor of the Commonwealth Building at Hammersmith Hospital and will last 3 hours.

Expression of interest form:

Link to Padlet for any questions:

Dr John Logan

Teaching Fellow

BSc Medical Biosciences

Imperial College London

in2scienceUK seeking placement hosts

Calling all PhD students and researchers,

Want to make a difference and support a young person from disadvantaged backgrounds gain an insight into research? Sign up to support us here

in2scienceUK empowers students (year 12s) from low-income backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM research intensive degrees. We have over 2000 student sign up each year and we are looking for volunteers to get involved and host a student for 1 to 2 weeks during the summer.

How it works:

  • You’ll host a student whom we’ve selected and interviewed for you for one to two weeks at your place of work.
  • You’ll show them your work, introduce them to colleagues and speak to them about your career path.
  • Each student will receive a travel and lunch bursary and pre-placement skills day workshop

In addition:

  • This activity counts as evidence of public engagement.
  • Being enriched personally and professionally: starting to look at things from a fresh point of view, a different perspective and meet a different generation
  • You will have the invaluable opportunity to meet young people, share your experience and make a real difference

in2scienceUK is currently looking for more volunteers. Please consider hosting a student in your group and making a difference to students from low-income backgrounds. Sign up here.

Watch this video or read our latest impact report to learn more about the programme, or contact Elena Di Giorgi, our Volunteer Coordinator, at

You can also read this case study of one of our previous Imperial hosts, Tom Bultrey.

Researchers in Schools – new teacher training programme for post-doctoral researchers

Researchers in Schools (RIS) is launching a bespoke teacher training programme exclusively for post-doctoral researchers that will maximise their subject knowledge and considerable experience of higher education. It is designed to help researchers develop transferable and teaching skills while maintaining an academic profile, with the option to return to university research after two years. I would be grateful if you could make doctoral and post-doctoral researchers aware of this excellent opportunity through any channels available to you by forwarding on the attached poster.

While all post-doctoral researchers can apply to this well-remunerated scheme, we are especially pleased to be offering considerable salary uplift to maths, physics and engineering researchers which will see them paid £40,000 in their first year and rising thereafter. This acknowledges that across all sectors from engineering to tech companies, improving our pipeline of mathematicians, physicists and engineers is vital for future growth.  We also need to address the under-representation of girls and children from low-income backgrounds in these important areas.

RIS is led by two OFSTED-rated ‘outstanding’ teaching schools (Lampton School and George Abbot School) and The Brilliant Club, a charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in non-selective state schools.

Further information, including information on how to apply, can be found at