Undergraduate Summer Studentships – Lab Experience

Each summer, the LMS provides an intensive laboratory research experience to undergraduate students in the biological and clinical sciences. By offering first class research opportunities we want to prepare degree students to become future research leaders. We particularly encourage applications from students who are interested in undertaking a PhD at the LMS.

Only undergraduate UK/EU students, in the middle years of their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. At this point, International Students form beyond the EU are not eligible for this scheme, even if attending a UK university. Students who have completed their final year or are yet to commence their first year will not be accepted. Medical Students are not eligible for this programme.

The programme will run for eight weeks from Monday 03 July to Friday 25 August. All students must participate for the full eight weeks.

The  studentship also includes a stipend to help cover travel and subsistence, which will be paid in a lump sum half way through the programmme. Accommodation is not provided as part of the programme, but assistance in organising this is available to those who need it.

We are now recruiting for the 2017 Summer Programme (lab experience). To be considered for the programme, to work in the lab of one of the below supervisors, please download and complete an online application form, to be emailed to students@lms.mrc.ac.uk. The deadline for application if Friday 31 March 10:00 GMT.

Download Undergraduate Summer Programme (lab experience) Form here: Undergraduate Application Form Form 2017

There are six research places available and one for science communication (see below for details on this seperate programme and individual application process). Confirmed supervisors for the research programme are;

Dr Silvia Santos – Head of the Quantitative Cell Biology Group

Dr David Rueda – Head of the Single Molecule Imaging Group

Dr Tobias Warnecke – Head of the Molecular Systems Group

There are three possible projects in Dr Warnecke’s lab, depending on the interest of the successful student. Click here to view all three potential projects (Please note that only one project will run this Summer)

Dr Andre Brown – Head of the Behavioural Genomics Group

The Behavioural Genomics group uses automated tracking microscopes to study behaviour quantitatively. There are several summer projects available depending on student interest, including high-throughput imaging of mutant strains of C. elegans, computational image analysis to improve segmentation of overlapping animals, or analysing a large set of behavioural annotations collected through an online citizen science project. Experience with data analysis in Matlab or Python would be a plus.

Dr Samuel Marguerat – Head of the Quantitative Gene Expression Group

Project Title – Elucidating mechanism of cell size control in fission yeast using single cell imaging and whole-cell modelling

Gene expression, cell growth and cell division are fundamental processes in cellular systems and they are ultimately intertwined (Shahrezaei and Marguerat 2015). Growth rates, generation times, cell size and underlying gene expression programs are adjusted to nutrients availability and to presence of environmental stress factors. Cell size is tightly regulated in single cells but the molecular mechanisms are not known. Cell size can increase or decrease with growth rate depending on the mode of regulation (Basan et al 2015). A comprehensive understanding of the coupling between stochastic gene expression, cell growth and cell size, requires combination of highly quantitative data at the single cell level and development of coarse-grained and predictive cell physiology models. In this project, we will use the model system fission yeast to study this fundamental problem using controlled growth assays in a Turbidostat combined with single cell imaging. We will try to unify our findings using simple mathematical models of single cell physiology.

Dr Niall Dillon – Head of the Gene Regulation & Chromatin Group

All applicants will be considered by all supervisors with individual projects being discussed in the interview stage. One application per candidate is required, with the opportunity to highlight particular research interests within the form.

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2017 Science Communications summer studentship:

Applications for this year’s post are now closed (as of Monday 20 February 2017).

Background: The institute has an energetic culture of science communication. Learn how our researchers engage with the world beyond the laboratory to reach collaborators, funders, policymakers and the general public through: successful press coverage; creative public engagement events, debates and visits; and lively social media (@MRC_LMS).

To be considered for this position, tell us in no more than 250 words why you should be the person who joins our communications team this summer.

Send your summary plus a one page CV to:

Susan Watts, Head of Communications and Public Engagement: susan.watts@lms.mrc.ac.uk

Eligibility is as for laboratory-based summer studentships, namely:

Only undergraduate UK/EU students, in the middle years of their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. At this point, International Students form beyond the EU are not eligible for this scheme, even if attending a UK university. Students who have completed their final year or are yet to commence their first year will not be accepted. Medical Students are not eligible for this programme.

The programme will run for eight weeks across the months of July & August. All students must participate for the full eight weeks.

The studentship also includes a stipend to help cover travel and subsistence. Accommodation is not provided as part of the programme, but assistance in organising this is available to those who need it.