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University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust Senior Internships for Interdisciplinary Research

Call Closing Deadline:  4th February 2013

Call details and the application form can be found below and on the University of Cambridge’s Research Strategy Office Website Funding for this call is held by the University of Cambridge in the form of its Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support fund (ISSF) and is complemented by funding by the University of Cambridge (more detail below). The call is administered by the RSO on behalf of the University.

University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust Senior Internships for Interdisciplinary Research

Second Round

Introduction and aims of the Scheme:

Applications are invited for the next round of University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust Senior Internships

The scheme is aimed at suitably qualified post-doctoral candidates with backgrounds in the physical sciences (incl. engineering, mathematics and computer sciences) who wish to gain experience in the application of their research to solve problems in the basic biological and biomedical sciences.

The internships are intended to provide opportunities for award holders to gain experience in applying biological approaches, and/or apply novel theoretical or experimental techniques from the physical sciences to address biological problems. In addition, it is hoped that this scheme will foster longer-term collaborations between Principal Investigators from the physical and life sciences disciplines within the University of Cambridge.

Research projects must fall within the broad remit of the Wellcome Trust (see the attached advert for some examples of current research projects).  The research must be undertaken in laboratories within the School of Biological Sciences ( or the School of Clinical Medicine (


Successful candidates will have a PhD in the physical sciences, mathematics, computing or engineering and will need to be eligible to work in the UK. Prior knowledge of biology is not required, but a willingness to work closely with biologists or clinical scientists is essential.

The scheme is intended to appeal to postdoctoral scientists intercalating between projects or exceptionally sabbatical visitors and is open to those from outside Cambridge.

However, it is anticipated that each intern will work with two Principal Investigators at the University of Cambridge, one in the physical sciences (broadly defined to also include mathematics, computing, or engineering), and the other in the biological sciences, who will each provide appropriate guidance and support.


Senior Internships will be awarded for periods of 3-12 months.  The salary will be in the range £27,578-35,938 depending upon experience.

This Scheme is funded jointly between the Wellcome Trust and the University of Cambridge and please be aware that the cost of the internship (including on-costs) will be funded as follows: 50% by the University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust award and 25% by the Host School (Clinical or Biological). The remaining 25% of the internship is expected to be provided as a contribution from the Host Department or group (in which the internship is to be held). It is the applicant’s responsibility to pre-agree this with their future department or supervisor. Only in exceptional circumstances, and on receipt of a compelling case as to why no contribution can be made, will other funding mechanisms be considered.

Please note, that under this call only funding for the candidate’s salary is provided. No other funding such as for example equipment, travel or consumables is eligible under this scheme.

How to apply:

This is a rolling programme. The next deadline for applications is Monday 4th February 2013 (5pm). Applications received after the closing date will be considered in the next round (typically every 2-3 months).

To apply, interested candidates should submit the following documents

·       A completed application form

·       A short CV (as pdf if possible, max 3 pages)

·       A statement by the Host department or group in support of the proposed project, including confirmation of the provision of 25% of the funding and a description of the host’s involvement in the project.

·       In the application form the details of two referees who are familiar with the candidate’s research are asked for. Applicants should arrange for their referees to email references directly to Dr Jana Voigt in time for the application deadline.  

Application deadline: Please send your application and supporting documents by email to Dr Jana Voigt by 4th February 2013

Project start date: It is anticipated that the internships commence no later than 3 months after notification of the award (usually within 3 weeks after the closing date). 

Contacts and guidance:

If you have any queries about this call, please get in touch with Dr Jana Voigt


External: 01223 332275

Internal: 32275

Posted on 23/01/2013

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