Category: Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience Opportunities

Science, Engineering and Technology Research Ethics Committee (SETREC) – Student Representative required

Calling All Post Grads!

Imperial College London would like to recruit a Post Graduate Student Representative for the NEW Science, Engineering and Technology Research Ethics Committee (SETREC). SETREC will focus on non-health related projects and will run alongside the ICREC which previously had oversight for all health and non-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 participants.

SETREC will convene monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at our South Kensington Campus.

If you are interested in joining the Committee, please send a short letter outlining relevant experience and suitability. Please include an up to date copy of your CV.

No experience necessary.

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

Information on ICREC can be found at the following link:

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

Merck Innovation Cup 2019 – June 2019

From June 23 – 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

We appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity known in your network and look forward to receiving many applications from students of your organization.

Please find enclosed a flyer announcing the event, we are happy to also ship printed hardcopies of posters or flyers to you if requested. Please let me know!

Thank you for your support!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards

Uli Betz

Public and Community Engagement Volunteering

Are you interested in:

  • Helping deliver events which inspire the public with world class research?
  • Welcoming the public to the College and providing a great visitor experience?
  • Getting to know people in a fun and supportive environment?
  • Trying something a bit different from your day to day role or study?
  • Being part of a diverse community of volunteers across the College?
  • Building transferable skills and experience?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us connect people with science and the Imperial community. We run an exciting programme of events across our campuses throughout the year, aiming to inspire and engage people with the research we do at the College. We couldn’t run these events without some help from our amazing Imperial community.

Please take a look at our upcoming opportunities and sign up to those you are interested in! We really appreciate your help.

More details and sign up

Current Opportunities

We will add to our volunteering opportunities throughout the year, but at the moment we’re recruiting for:

Exhibition Road Day of Design – 23 September

As part of London Design Festival, we’re celebrating design, creativity and engineering at its best.

Event Times: 10.30am – 5pm | Volunteer Shift Times: 10am – 5.30pm | South Kensington Campus

Imperial Lates

Imperial’s monthly public celebrations of science for adults only return this autumn with a new name, new times and five new evenings of discovery

Event times: 6pm – 9pm | Volunteer shift times: 5.15pm – 10pm | South Kensington Campus

Imperial Lates: Greenovate – 18 October

Imperial Lates: Infectious – 15 November

Imperial Lates: Xmaths – 6 December

Imperial Lates: Smart Fashion – 21 February

Imperial Lates: The XX Factor – 7 March

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Part-time scientific job opportunity Fully flexible from 10hrs / week Work from any location

Editorial Office Ltd is company based in Overton, Hampshire, specialising in the peer review of medical journals. One of our international customers has a rapidly growing group of journals which they have placed with us for reviewer selection.

We are seeking up to 5 PhD students in the biosciences field, to work a minimum of 10 hours / week seeking and verifying potential reviewers for these journals. The work is fully flexible in both timing and location. Full training will be provided by webinar and in person training sessions are available in Overton, Hampshire (direct train access from London Waterloo). Online support via Slack is always available.

Requirements are:
• A minimum of 10 hours a week, working at least 4 days out of 7
• fast accurate IT skills, laptop and Wi-Fi access
• ability to learn tasks and procedures quickly
• ability to follow procedures accurately
• the desire to provided excellent service to our customers

Webinar training dates will be agreed following a successful application.

Hourly rate is £13.45 for training rising to £14.95 per hour once accuracy and productivity targets are met.

If you have any questions, please either email or call.

To apply, please email CV and brief cover letter to

Alice Ellingham
07921 868755

Take part in Imperial Lates’ 2018/19

The Public Engagement team at Imperial are today announcing the return of the Imperial Lates’ series for the 2018/19 academic year. And we are offering all Imperial students and staff the opportunity to engage the public.

Imperial Lates’ are Imperial’s free evening events in South Kensington where different research themes are brought to life through live demonstrations, creative workshops, interactive experiments and inspiring talks.

Last year’s four events were attended by over 2,500 public and the series represents a major way in which the College shares the wonder of what we do, and ensures our research continues to be carried out for the benefit of society.

So whether you are keen to inspire, gain new perspectives on your research or actively work with the public on future collaborations or new project ideas whilst developing your skills in engagement, Imperial Lates’ are a great for taking your work and out of the lab and in front of brand new audiences.

I feel much more confident in developing and creating hands-on societal engagement activities involving making

A 2017/18 exhibitor

I thought that Fringe was awesome and made a bunch of contacts

A 2017/18  exhibitor

If any Imperial staff, researchers or students would be interesting in taking part, please read through the programme of Imperial Lates’ topics listed below, and the guidance attached on the type of ideas we are interested in, and then fill in our short proposal form available here.

If you would like to discuss your ideas before putting in a proposal, or if you are interesting in taking part in Imperial Lates’ but not sure how to translate your research into an activity that might work well at once of these evening events, please get in touch with our Imperial Lates’ organiser, James Romero. His email address is

Reports and pictures from last year’s events can be found here:

A Space Odyssey

Walking in the Air

Intelligence Redesigned

Invention Dimension

2018/19 Imperial Lates’ Programme – the five events for the 2018/19 academic year are each themed around a particular topic, chosen either because of their ability to attract public audiences, including new audiences to campus as well as a way to build public engagement capacity in key departments and topics around the College


In October 2018, the government launches Green Great Britain Week. As part of this Imperial have been invited to showcase how green technology and sustainable innovation can help address these environmental issues. We want to empower the public to get involved in the conversation around climate change, and inspire creativity around how we are tackling it.


From viruses, bacterial infections and pandemics to the creative approaches to prevent and treat them. We will be exploring our relationship with infection, right from the discovery of Penicillin right up to new challenges around Anti Microbial Resistance. Help us get the public talking about infection and how we can tackle it.


Our ever popular Festive Fringe will this year focus on maths, from the pure pursuit of understanding, to its application in every area of academic investigation and technology innovation. As a festive fringe, we’re hoping to get creative and celebrate the work being carried out across the College.


A closer look at the latest research into wearable technology, clothing design and next generation clothing materials taking place during London Fashion Week.


Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Join us not only to celebrate amazing achievements, research and innovations, but be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts.

N.B If you are keen to take part in one of our public engagement events but the themes below don’t fit with what you might want to exhibit, demonstrate or discuss, don’t worry! There are plenty more events throughout the year, including our Imperial Festival and Lates events with our friends along Exhibition Road -we would still be delighted to hear about your ideas for engaging the public in your research.

Student Trainer recruitment

Could you be a student trainer?

Gain experience of delivering workshops and develop your skills as a trainer by joining our team of Student Trainers for Imperial Plus, Student Activities or Imperial Award.

We are looking for enthusiastic students to deliver training workshops to students throughout 2018/19.

If you’re an excellent communicator, confident public speaker, organised and reliable then we want to hear from you!

Being a student trainer is a great way to gain new skills, and earn some extra cash during your time at Imperial.

More information

Imperial Hub Mentorship Opportunities

Imperial Hub provides opportunities for Imperial students to make a positive difference in their local and global communities. Our vision is of a time where every single Imperial student engages in social and environmental issues during their time here.

PhD students have skills and experiences that could be highly valuable to student-led projects. We are looking for project mentors to help with our Skills for Sustainability programme and to support international development societies. The time spent mentoring a student project is not only hugely enjoyable and rewarding but the teaching experience counts towards the Associate Fellowship and can give your CV an edge when competing for an academic position or becoming chartered.

Project mentors for Skills for Sustainability will supervise the environmental consulting element of the programme. Students receive training to help them deliver a solution to a real-life project brief tackling a sustainability issue in College. We’re looking for technical experts and management gurus to help ensure the consulting project is impactful. International development societies at Imperial include Engineers Without Borders, Raincatcher, El Salvador and e.quinox. These groups are growing year-on-year and are engaging with larger, more complex projects in developing countries. Many now require team members with more experience in technical fields as well as knowledge of other ‘backroom’ functions such as communications and

If you think you have the skills and experience to help mentor a student project, email Pippa Smith on More information is available on our website –

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