Dunhill Medical Trust
work experience
Expires14 days

Doctoral Internship

Job description

We are excited to be preparing to launch our new five-year plan later this year. It will outline a number of key under-addressed themes for support and would like to ensure that the community we serve is involved in the scoping and preparation of the detailed calls for proposals.

To assist in this process of research administration and dissemination we are therefore offering a four-month internship (on a full-time, flexible or part-time (min. 0.6FTE) basis) for a doctoral student beyond your first year of study in a field relevant to the first of our chosen themes: creating suitable housing, living environments and communities for older people.

The output
As a supporter of the principles contained within the Concordat to support the career development of researchers, we know how important it is to provide development opportunities for early career researchers to spend time outside of the academic environment in areas in which their research and skills can be used for positive impact.

By the end of the internship, you will have:

  • assisted in producing a detailed call for proposals for research project grants which has been approved by our research grants committee (on the delegated authority of the board) with an overall budget of £1M;
  • led the design of the application process and assessment process;
  • led the design of the reporting requirements;
  • learned about the perspectives and governance of the charitable sector and gained first-hand experience of peer review processing;
  • had a variety of opportunities to provide advice and input into designing the implementation and communication around our new five-year plan and to attend conferences and meetings along with our team.

We welcome applications irrespective of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief

Salary and term of contract
The internship will be for a period of four months starting as soon as possible with candidates needing to have agreed arrangements with their institution to release them from their research for this period.

We will reimburse your institution/funder for your stipend based on UKRI agreed award levels for this period and support will be available to assist with travel and living expenses. Before applying for this internship you will need to consult with your institution/funder and gain the appropriate approval for your study period to be extended to allow you to take up the internship if your application is successful.

If you are a self-funding student and not in receipt of a stipend we will pay a salary equivalent to Grade 3 spine point 17 of the UK Higher Education Single Pay Spine.

Our office is based in central London (between Blackfriars and St Paul’s) and while it is essential that you spend time at the office, we would be happy to negotiate a flexible work pattern to ensure that the opportunity is available to the widest possible range of candidates from around the country.

What we are looking for

In addition to your disciplinary expertise, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • your commitment to a career in ageing-related research or a keen interest in developing a career in research administration.
  • that you know your way around both the academic and the grey literature
  • that you are capable in bibliometric analysis and recognising important and impact generating research
  • that you can present complex data accessibly for a range of audiences
  • that have an aptitude for (or experience in) multi-disciplinary working and bringing multi-disciplinary groups together to agree common objectives.

You will also be pro-active and confident to work with a range of people of different levels of seniority and from different sectors, enjoy working in small teams and be prepared to roll up your sleeves to do whatever needs to be done.


Candidates with relevant background including (but are not limited to): engineering, technology, town planning, design, architecture, social gerontology, occupational therapy etc. are welcome to apply.

Accepted degree subjects

  • health sciences
  • social sciences
  • transport engineering
  • medicine
  • architecture
  • planning and surveying
  • mechanical engineering
  • materials science
  • computer sciences
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • engineering management
  • civil engineering and construction
  • nursing

Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Please send via the Apply button:

  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of any publications);
  • a 500 word abstract of your research work written for a lay audience.
  • a covering letter of no more than two sides setting out why you wish to undertake the internship and why you are a suitable candidate (referring to the requirements set out above).
  • a letter of support from your doctoral supervisor countersigned by their Head of Department stating that appropriate permissions and extension of period of study have been approved. You must also take care to ensure that carrying out this internship does not breach any permission you hold to live and work in the UK.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 17 April 2020

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Closing date:  17 April 2020

Expires14 days

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