Closed CLOSING DATE: 17/03/2019

IBioIC (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre)

SLSIP 2019 - Development of Scottish biotechnology value chains Intern

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Undergraduate Degree

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Placement summary

IBioIC has a fantastic opportunity available for a science graduate to be based with our management team at our site in Glasgow city centre. This 12-week placement will see the successful candidate located within the Technical Team of IBioIC.

The project will aim to increase our understanding of the industry landscape within identified priority value chain opportunities (biotechnology concepts) for Scotland. The different priority areas are Synthetic biology, Techno-economic analysis, Renewable energy/Gas/Bioprocessing, Bioprocessing (including waste resource recovery), Wood Biorefinery and Marine Biotechnology (primarily production and processing of micro and macro algae).

Job description

Project Description

In addition to researching the different priority areas, it is also desirable to understand the role of anaerobic digestion in future bioprocessing, where the most easily digestible parts of the feedstock have been used up by other high value concepts.

The outcome of the placement will be an important contribution to strategy of developing these opportunities which will significantly contribute to Scotland’s ambition to increase the biotechnology industry to a £900m turnover.

The main tasks will be, with the support of the IBioIC technical team:

  • To research the priority areas through searching the internet, scanning the literature and engaging with stakeholders to increase the centre understanding in the specific value chains
  • To compile the information in a way that it is easily used in future engagement with the industry. This could for example be reports and/or slide decks. 

Placement Objectives

From this project we expect for each of the priority areas to be better informed and understand the following questions.

  • What are the key event/conferences in this area?
  • What companies should we engage with in Scotland, UK and rest of the world
  • What are the most obvious value chains (concepts) to focus on near term and long term
  • Identifying and describing important industry players. Describing the technology and where each company belong in the value chain.

It is further expected that the information is summarised and reported to the technical team in a format that can be easily used for future engagement with the stakeholders in the different value chains.

Role Description

See placement summary and description. 


This programme is for 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students studying a Life Science degree in Scotland. Please click here to see if your course is eligible. You can only apply for a maximum of 3 placements, so please research the roles thoroughly before submitting your CV.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good time management
  • Willing manner and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to work both unsupervised and as a team
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of MS Office systems

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of presenting to an audience


Placement benefits

Invaluable experience gained in a fast moving emerging industry with the opportunity to engage with biotechnology companies and academics in the field. We are a small, friendly, sociable team and working with us will open up a wide range of opportunities for training and learning from staff with extensive knowledge of the industry. In depth understanding of the technical opportunities within the Scottish biotechnology industry will be gained.

Additional information

Glasgow City Centre


Company information

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Innovation Centre programme was first launched back in 2014. IBioICs role, as a specialist in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, is to stimulate the growth of the IB sector in Scotland to £900 million by 2025.

Our strategic areas of focus are:

  • Providing Strategic Leadership
  • Developing New Value Chains
  • Investing in IB
  • Accelerating Commercialisation
  • Skilling the Workforce

Life Sciences

Company website: www.ibioic.com