Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

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

Natural History Museum engagement opportunities – 6th September application deadline

Get involved in the European Researchers Night (ERN) at the Natural History Museum (NHM) on 27 September 2019! There are two opportunities available – please see below for details and attached for the relevant form.

ERN overview

The theme of ERN 2019 is World Wild Webs: Our interconnected planet. We will be looking at the collaborative work of scientists around the world in helping us to understand the interconnected nature of our planet and to conserve the web of natural connections that we depend on to survive. There are four zones and messages (titles TBC):

  • Nature’s Network – Scientists are unravelling the complex ecosystems and still unknown scale of biodiversity to understand the natural networks that underpin all life on our planet today.
  • Home – Researchers are exploring how we can use our planet’s natural resources and take inspiration from nature to devise sustainable solutions to existing problems, helping the planet we depend upon to thrive.
  • Browsing history – Using clues from our planet’s deep past scientists are discovering how our present day environment evolved and how it might respond to future challenges like Climate Change.
  • Hyperlinked – Scientists are using digital technology to collaborate in new ways and on a global scale, driving innovative research that has worldwide benefits and sharing it beyond the scientific community.

Opportunity 1. Stands, talks and activities as part of the public Friday evening event

To get involved: Please fill out the external ideas form linked below and return to Cristina Torrente ( by Friday 2nd August.

There are a variety of ways that researchers can take part in ERN – from science stations to engage visitors with objects, equipment and specimens, to discussion activities and a Science Bar. More details in the attached form.

Opportunity 2. Schools events in the lead up to ERN

To get involved: Please fill out the external ideas form linked below and return to Joe Sullivan ( by Friday 6th September.

In the weeks leading up to ERN, the museum will be delivering a programme of free 60 minute secondary schools sessions, in partnership with Imperial College London (ICL). The schools session will be based on a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching activity. Scientists from NHM and Imperial (3 per event) will talk about their research topics, and in teams the students will have time to ask questions, and then decide who they will award their funding to and why. It is a fun and interactive session, and is really effective at encouraging students to generate questions and engage with scientists. The NHM will provide engagement training for all scientists taking part including sections on messaging, audience, delivery and talking to teenagers. More details and dates in the attached form.

ERN schools activity form


Join Imperial’s Welcome Team

The College are currently looking for volunteers to support the delivery of the Welcome Week programme between Thursday 26 September – Friday 4 October.

Whether you can give a morning or afternoon over the weekend or a few hours during your working week, your support is greatly appreciated. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in, including:

  • Supporting the move-in effort at our Halls based in locations around West London
  • Supporting events as a steward or part of the set-up team
  • Sharing your knowledge at our Imperial Information Points
  • Leading our Welcome tours for parents and friends

Why volunteer?

Not only will volunteers get to meet colleagues and welcome the newest members of #OurImperial Family, every volunteer is entered into a raffle with the chance to win an iPad or John Lewis/Amazon vouchers. We will also be holding a ‘Celebrating Welcome’ party on Friday 4th October for all our volunteers to thank them for their efforts.

To sign up to volunteer you’ll need to submit your details using our simple online portal. You’ll then be able to pick the shifts you want and change or cancel them if you need to.

To find out more, and sign up, please visit the Welcome Week website.

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-06-24 to 2019-08-16.

Application Link:

Early Deadline: 2019-04-15.
Regular Deadline: 2019-04-22.
We are assessing and interviewing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

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