iCM Summer Internship Program

We regret that the 2021 iCM Summer Internship program is CANCELLED due to COVID-19.  We hope to restart this programme in 2022. 

Summer Internship Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms 

Spend nine weeks experiencing life as an interdisciplinary scientist.

Background and Aims of the Programme 

The Summer Internship Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms (iCM) is closely associated with the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology and will provide lab-based experience and training for budding cell and molecular biologists in the application of quantitative methods to understand the inner workings of cells.

A detailed understanding of normal cellular function is required to investigate the molecular cause of disease and design future treatments. However, data generated by biological research requires increasingly complex analysis with technological advances in sequencing, mass spectrometry/proteomics, super-resolution microscopy, synthetic and structural biology generating increasingly large, complex datasets. In addition to this, innovations in computer sciences and informatics are transforming data acquisition and analysis and breakthroughs in physics, chemistry and engineering allow the development of devices, molecules and instruments that drive the biological data revolution. 

Exploiting technological advances to transform our understanding of cellular mechanisms will require scientists who have been trained across the distinct disciplines of natural sciences, engineering, informatics and mathematics. The iCM summer internship programme addresses this training need and will help prepare participants to be successful in a variety of PhD programmes. 

Applications are encouraged from students with a variety of backgrounds including Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computational Data Sciences, Engineering, Genetics, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Physics. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment. Applications from members of groups typically under-represented in STEM are particularly encouraged.

Programme Details

Six undergraduate students preparing for their final year of university will be select as a cohort to start their summer internships.  They will be hosted in one of the iCM associated research groups to undertake research projects that develop expertise in both biological and quantitative sciences. 

Cell Mechanism projects cover topics such as anti-microbial resistance, stochastic heterogeneity, epigenetic and chromatin-based regulation, control of gene expression, non-coding RNA and RNA processing, chromosome structure and segregation, cell-cycle and cell growth regulation. The definition of ‘quantitative’ is broad and includes Computational Data Sciences, Mathematics, Biophysics, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology and Biomaterials.

Eligibility

Applicants should be entering their final year of study for a BSc or equivalent and be on track for a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. 

Applications are encouraged from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who have studied a variety of subjects including Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computational Data Sciences, Engineering, Genetics, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Physics. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment. Applications from members of groups typically under-represented in STEM are particularly encouraged.

Applicants should have a good knowledge of spoken and written English - similar to those stipulated for PhD student applicants on the University of Edinburgh website.

English Language Requirements

Our summer internships are international and are open to undergraduate students of any nationality studying at any university.  International students can only be accepted if appropriate VISAs can be arranged.

Payment and Travel Allowance

Each iCM summer student will receive a total stipend of £3255 for 9 weeks (in 2020). The ICM summer internship programme will also provide a travel allowance of up to £700 for each student for economy return travel from their home base to Edinburgh and back to their home base.

Application Procedure

Applications for the 2022 iCM Summer programme will open in early 2022. Please check this page for further details.