Closed CLOSING DATE: 17/03/2019

IBioIC (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre)

SLSIP 2019 - Equipment Centre Intern

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Undergraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Science and environment
Edinburgh and Lothians
£9 ph
12 weeks
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Placement summary

IBioIC has a fantastic opportunity available for a science undergraduate in a 12-week placement which will see the successful candidate located at IBioIC’s FlexBio open access equipment centre at Heriot Watt University. The successful candidate will work closely with the lab management team and scientists on a range of different tasks and industry projects.

The role is varied in nature and will allow the successful candidate to gain insight into the wider activities of an innovation centre, while also gaining direct interaction with our industry customers and working on their projects.

Job description

Project Description

Main tasks:

  • Support the lab manager and technical lead in using equipment within FlexBio to execute experiments for internal and external customers
  • Following appropriate training work independently and with confidence to carry out supportive practical work required before and after large experiments (eg. media preparation, autoclaving, buffer preparation, consumable cleaning and general laboratory house-keeping)
  • Develop and demonstrate the highest level of GLP, GMP and health and safety (H&S) working practises
  • Ensure that visitors and other staff members in the facility work in accordance facility risk assessments (RAs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs);
  • Assist as required with customer visits to FlexBio, demonstrating high levels of professionalism
  • Attend the IBioIC’s sister equipment centre (RapidBio) at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) on a as required basis (travel refunded) to support project work and to gain an understanding of the other work conducted at the innovation centre

Placement Objectives

  • Gain practical experience of cell culture at various scales from agar plate to 30 litre bioreactor
  • Gain experience of analytical techniques used in biotechnology and their associated sample preparation, running and analysis
  • Gain practical experience of various forms of downstream processing ranging from cell clarification to molecule isolation using various industry-standard techniques
  • Learn about and support the day-to-day workings of a lab using good laboratory practice (GLP) and good manufacturing practise (GMP)
  • Gain experience of the behind-the-scenes working of the laboratory, through supporting the lab manager with administration tasks to support the facility

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

  • Demonstrable practical skills (scientific or non-scientific)
  • Experience of working within a team but able to be self-motivated and work independently
  • Organised, tidy and with good time management
  • Able to be flexible at short-notice
  • Hard working with a willingness to help (‘can-do attitude’)
  • Very competent with Microsoft office programmes for presenting, reporting and analysis

Desirable Skills

  • Practical experience of cell culture and/or downstream processing
  • Practical experience of aseptic technique
  • Working knowledge and/or practical experience of analytical techniques routinely used in biotechnology (e.g. protein/lipid/carbohydrate qualitative and quantitative analysis)


Placement benefits

Invaluable experience gained in a fast-moving emerging industry with the opportunity to liaise with biotechnology companies. 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.  

Additional information

Edinburgh (Heriot Watt University near Riccarton) and Glasgow as required (Strathclyde University)


Company information

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Innovation Centre programme was first launched back in 2014. Since August 2018, now in our Phase 2 funding period, IBioIC’s 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:

  • Industry/academia collaboration
  • De-risking scale-up
  • Developing competitive opportunities
  • Providing a skilled workforce

Life Sciences

Company website: www.ibioic.com