Student placements and work experience

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes students who wish to gain hands-on experience of working in a scientific research environment while studying.

Student placement schemes

We run a number of placements schemes for students at various stages of their education:

  • Sandwich Year Placements
  • Summer Placements
  • Work Experience Placements (14-19 years)

Placements

Sandwich Year Placements

Sandwich Year placement is a twelve months assignment starting in the summer or autumn.

Placements are available across the full spectrum of the Institute's activities and are designed for students who are following a four year degree with a dedicated year for a work placement included in their course.

The scheme is open to EU students or any student at a UK university who is eligible to work full-time in the UK.

For a list of current openings please visit Current jobs. If there are no vacancies listed, this means there are no placements being advertised at present.

Applicants will be shortlisted to attend an interview based upon the merit of their application. You can find out more about the work of the Institute by visiting our research or scientific resources pages.

If you are shortlisted for interview, you will need to provide a letter of recommendation from your Course Tutor.

We will pay you a salary of £15,440 per annum. This is subject to UK standard tax and National Insurance deductions. Contracted working hours are 37 hours per week. The Institute's normal working day is 9am - 5pm (4:30pm on Friday).

You will also be entitled to 25 days per annum paid holiday plus bank holidays. More information can be found on our benefits page.

If you would like to receive an e-mail alerting you to available Sandwich Year placement as they are advertised, please register your interest by placing a tick in 'Student Placements'.

Summer Placements

Summer placement is an opportunity for students who are studying for their first degree (including medical and veterinary students) who are seeking research/work experience, usually during the summer break.

Placements are usually available across the full spectrum of the Institute's activities and are offered for three months between June and September.

The scheme is open to EU students or any student at a UK university who is eligible to work full-time in the UK.

For a list of current openings please visit Current jobs. If there are no vacancies listed, this means there are no placements being advertised at present.

Applicants will be shortlisted to attend an interview based upon the merit of their application. You can find out more about the work of the Institute by visiting our research or scientific resources pages.

If you are shortlisted for interview, you will need to provide a letter of recommendation from your Course Tutor.

We will pay you a salary of £1258 per month. This is subject to UK standard tax and National Insurance deductions. However as a current student, if you have not had any other earnings in the tax year you are unlikely to pay income tax.

Contracted working hours are 37 hours per week. The Institute's normal working day is 9am - 5pm (4:30pm on Friday).

If you would like to receive an e-mail alerting you to available Summer placements as they are advertised, please register your interest by placing a tick in 'Student Placements'.

Work experience placements

Work experience is usually a short period of time during which student has an opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the organisation and to get an experience of a particular type of work.

Work placements are often an integral part of a Year 10 study and last no more than 2 weeks.

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute collaborates closely with local schools and Employability Partnership based in Cambridge in arranging work experience placements. Unfortunately due to a huge interest we are unable to take speculative applications and instead placements are offered in conjunction with the Employability Partnership based in Cambridge. If you are situated in Cambridge or the surrounding area, please contact the Employability Partnership using the link below.

Useful background information on work experience placements can be found on the following websites:

Further Information

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for further information. If you have questions on any of the above schemes which are not covered by the information on our web pages, please email recruit@sanger.ac.uk.

You can find out more about life at the Sanger Institute and the working environment by visiting the Working Life and On Campus pages.

Accommodation & other useful links

Cambridge has many accommodation options. The following websites contain useful information to help you with your search:

The Sanger provides shuttle buses to Cambridge and various outlying villages.

For further information about accommodation and the local area visit moving to work at the Sanger Institute.

* quick link - http://q.sanger.ac.uk/n7hpq8k1