Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

Professional careers in Life Sciences beyond Academia (Phds) – talk on 17 October, 13:00-13:50

Did you know that 53% of STEM PhD graduates immediately leave the science field following completion of their PhD?  What opportunities are available for you to make a successful transition to the Life Sciences industry? In this talk representatives from Medpace will discuss getting into Clinical Trail Management and Clinical Research Operations and some of the career options available to you.

This talk is especially suitable for PhD students from the following fields: Bioengineering, Chemistry, Earth Science Engineering, Life Sciences, Medicine, Mathematics and Physics.

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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.

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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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Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development – application deadline October 30, 2019

Earth Institute, Columbia University

Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development



The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowship.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2019 for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2020. The salary is $67,530.

For more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, and to apply, visit or email Videos of past research symposia are available here.

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Student Representatives required for Ethics Committees (Deadline: 28 October 2019)

Imperial College Research Ethics Committee (ICREC) and Science, Engineering and Technology Research Ethics Committee (SERTEC) – Student Representative (2 positions available)

Calling All Post Grads!

Imperial College London would like to recruit a PG Student Representative for Imperial College Research Ethics Committee (ICREC) and Science, Engineering and Technology Research Ethics Committee (SERTEC). SETREC focuses on non-health related projects and will run alongside the ICREC which has oversight for all health studies.

A key aim of the Committee is to enable Imperial College to maintain the highest ethical standards in all research relating to human subjects.

ICREC and SETREC will convene 12 times during each academic year, on a monthly basis at our South Kensington Campus.

If you are interested in joining either Committee, please send a short letter outlining relevant experience and suitability and which committee you would be interested in joining. Please include an up to date copy of your CV. If your application is successful you will be invited to an informal meeting with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the committee.

Applications must be sent to Nooreen Shaikh at the Joint Research Compliance Office

Information on the committee can be found at the following here

Closing Date: 28 October 2019

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

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.

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