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RCUK Policy Internships

This year’s call for RCUK Policy Internships is now live and available to all BBSRC funded PhD students currently at a Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Policy Internship can be used as the students Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS).  The internship must be completed during the four-year period of PhD funding.

Further details can be found here:  http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/policy-internships/ or at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/policy-internships-scheme/

The closing date for applications is 10th August 2017.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact policy.internships@bbsrc.ac.uk or telephone 01793 413239.

 

 

 

 

 


Newcastle winner of the Three Minute Thesis Challenge

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Congratulations to Damar Susilaradeya who came joint first in the Newcastle Final of the Three Minute Thesis Challenge. 
 
The competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.  Damar is a PhD student in the Institute of Neuroscience and her research is about how the brain controls tracking movement despite noisy motor output and delayed visual feedback. The title of her talk was 'Rhythms in movement and in the brain: why do we move 2-3 times per second?

Damar will go forward for selection to the UK national semi-finals in July. Good luck in the next round!
 
Congratulations also to Hanh Pho who shared 1st place with Damar and Clare Willis from ICaMB who won the People’s Choice Award.

®3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries.


Science communication/community manager - Internship based in Cambridge

The Company of Biologists and its journal Development are looking for an intern, through the DTP/PIPS or equivalent schemes, to help run the successful community website ‘the Node’ (http://thenode.biologists.com). This is an opportunity to gain experience in the rapidly growing online science communication environment, to develop writing skills, and to learn about academic publishing.

Launched in 2010, the Node is the place for the developmental biology community to share news, discuss issues relevant to the field and read about the latest research and events. The intern will be involved in the day-to-day running of the Node, mentored by the Node’s Community Manager. The internship will be based in our office in Cambridge. 

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Creating and commissioning content for the Node, including writing posts and soliciting content from the academic community, societies and other organisations
  • Providing user support
  • Running Development’s and the Node’s social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook)

The successful intern will have:

  • Relevant scientific expertise (ideally in developmental biology or a related field) 
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Keen interest in science communication
  • Experience of and interest in blogging and/or social media (ideally including experience with Wordpress)

The Company of Biologists (www.biologists.com) exists to support biologists and inspire advances in biology. At the heart of what we do are our five specialist journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open – two of them fully open access. All are edited by expert researchers in the field, and all articles are subjected to rigorous peer review. We take great pride in the experience of our editorial team and the quality of the work we publish. We believe that the profits from publishing the hard work of biologists should support scientific discovery and help develop future scientists. Our grants help support societies, meetings and individuals. Our workshops and meetings give the opportunity to network and collaborate.


We are looking for an intern to start in Autumn 2017, though can be somewhat flexible with start dates and encourage interested candidates to submit their application as soon as possible. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, stating why you are interested in this opportunity, to recruitment@biologists.com and Katherine Brown (Development’s Executive Editor) at katherine.brown@biologists.com. Please also direct informal enquiries to the same addresses.

 

 

 

 


PIPS project: Science Communication at ABPI - Summer 2017

Background information

Over the years, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has continually added to its award-winning schools website. The site provides teachers and students with high quality, free, curriculum related, interactive resources containing animations and diagrams which can be downloaded. All our resources link science topics covered in school to the world outside and, particularly, to the treatment of disease.

Project offered

The ABPI are seeking a PIPS student to apply their bioscience knowledge in a science communication context. The student will conduct online research and liaise with subject experts to produce written content for online resources for the ABPI schools website. As part of this, the student will also storyboard for animations and diagrams. 
The output of the project will be:
Content for a new online resource on antimicrobial resistance.
Updated online resource content for other topics aimed at A-level students (time permitting). 
The student will be working within the Medical, Research & Innovation team and will liaise with colleagues within the ABPI and within our member companies. Should there be any opportunities for attendance at internal meetings or on pharmaceutical site visits, the student will be able to take advantage of these. 
The project will be supervised by Amira Burshan, Education Officer at the ABPI.

Timing

The project is to be carried out during summer 2017. A June start date would be ideal, but there is flexibility in this to start early July. 

Location

The project is based at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT. Some home working may be possible.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project is a great opportunity for some science communication experience, and could open up many doors, for example working for a learned society in their education department. Furthermore, through talking with staff at the ABPI, the student will gain a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and why STEM education and skills are so important to the sector.  
Contacts may be developed that could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry.

Funding

Expenses will be refunded in line with ABPI standard expenses policy. Travel expenses for commuting into London (if applicable) will be paid.

Applications

For more detailed information on the project contact Amira Burshan (aburshan@abpi.org.uk; 0207 747 1420)
For more information on who we are looking for, see the Bring an Intern on Board form. 
A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to Amira Burshan, ABPI. The closing date for applications is Monday 15th May 2017, with interviews w/c 22nd May.

 

 

 


Drug Target Identification Intern at C4X Discovery

In this project, you will make a vital contribution to real-world drug discovery programs at their initiation, helping us to decide which targets to pursue next in our pipeline. The key aim of the project is to undertake reviews of potential drug discovery targets identified either by C4X’s proprietary genetic analysis method (Taxonomy3) or from analysis of published literature. This is an exciting opportunity to be trained in how to conduct target reviews in the pharmaceutical industry and select the best targets for drug development.
 
C4X Discovery aims to become the world’s most productive drug discovery and development company by exploiting cutting-edge technologies to design and create best-in-class drug candidates. The Company (founded in 2008 as a spin-out from the University of Manchester) has a hybrid business model of wholly-owned programmes and partnerships with pharma, biotech and academics.

Up to 3 placements available
Closing date: 23rd May 2017
Start possible from mid Sep 2017 

Please see role description for more information and application procedure.  


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