Undergraduate Research Experience Placements 2018

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BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2018

The BBSRC-funded Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme trains and supports outstanding students with a life science or physical sciences background to undertake a four-year DPhil/PhD in non-clinical bioscience research.

Led by the University of Oxford, the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP brings together the expertise and facilities of seven world-class research institutions. These include:

  • The Pirbright Institute, the UK’s national centre of research into viral diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans
  • Oxford Brookes University, a partner with the University of Oxford in developing regional excellence in bioscience research
  • Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility
  • ISIS, which provides national capabilities for neutron science
  • STFC Central Laser Facility, which provides state-of-the-art laser technology for experiments in physics, chemistry and biology
  • The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), is a multidisciplinary laboratory specialising in research using Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility

In the summer of 2018 the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership will be offering 10 undergraduate vacation bursaries to provide outstanding students with the opportunity to work in one of the BBSRC’s top training environments. Placements can be undertaken in any of the research organisations associated with the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP.

The scheme is designed to provide promising undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree with “hands-on” experience to encourage them to consider a career in research.

The proposed project should fit within the broad remit of the BBSRC. We particularly encourage applications from BBSRC funded research groups and postdoctoral researchers, and applications for projects that address one or more of BBSRC’s strategic priority areas.

Placements are for eight to ten weeks. The research undertaken should not form part of a normal degree course. Students will receive pay of £200 per week and £500 in total towards research expenses. Students will be required to submit a report to the BBSRC, via the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, on their research and their experience in October 2018.

A list of potential projects will be made available via this website in February 2018. If students are interested in an advertised project they should e-mail the project supervisor directly, enclosing their CV and a statement of interest to express their interest in the project.

Students may apply to undertake projects that have not been advertised on this website through the process outlined below, but all projects must have an eligible supervisor at a partner organisation within the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP and be within the remit of the BBSRC.

The Application Process

Undergraduate applicants are required to apply to undertake specific projects by letter explaining their reasons for doing a research experience placement. We will consider applications from teams of two to three undergraduates to undertake a project that will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. However, applications for such projects must clearly demonstrate the benefits that teamwork will bring, and should involve a team of supervisors with relevant interdisciplinary expertise. Each student within a team should have a different, named primary supervisor from a different research group. The deadline for applications will be Friday March 30th, 2018. Applications should be sent to dtpenquiries@biodtp.ox.ac.uk.

In a separate document students will be asked to provide:

  • The project title
  • The name, e-mail address and telephone number of their chosen supervisor (if the supervisor is a postdoctoral researcher they should also include the name of the research group leader, and if the supervisor is a principal investigator they should also include the name of the person responsible for day-to-day supervision, if different from the primary supervisor).
  • The proposed dates and duration of the project
  • An outline of the proposed research (no more than 500 words)

The project proposals submitted by undergraduate applicants must be reviewed and approved by the proposed supervisor prior to submission. It is expected that only one application will be received per primary supervisor.

Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications in May 2018.

 Eligibility

Selected students must be:

  • In the middle years of their first degree studies
  • Registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university
  • Predicted to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree. Preference will be given to students who wish to use the placement to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research, particularly if the project is in an area of science different from their main subject area.
  • Overseas students are eligible to apply in this competition if they are currently studying for an undergraduate degree in a UK institution.