Student placements

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Gain valuable experience and training while developing your scientific or clinical research experience in a supportive world-class research environment. 

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Student placements: what you can expect

What student placements do you offer?

Our 12 month full-time student placements are for motivated life sciences or chemistry students. We have office-based placements across the Centre for Drug Development (CDD) and lab-based placements within Cancer Research Horizons. Our placements provide the opportunity for you to develop your scientific / clinical research experience in a supportive environment. 

Who can apply?

Our student placements are designed for current life sciences or chemistry students whose degree has a placement year. You don't need any previous experience of working or volunteering in the charity sector. The skills and requirements for each stream are listed on the role profile.

When can I apply?

Placement roles are advertised annually in October/November with negotiable start dates between July and September. 

How much can I earn?

Our placement students earn a competitive salary of £23,000 per annum plus benefits. 

What happens at the end of my placement?

At the end of your placement you'll return to your place of study where you'll continue your life sciences or chemistry degree. 

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About the Centre for Drug Development

The Centre for Drug Development consists of a diverse and experienced office-based team who sponsor and manage high quality early phase clinical trials. We work in collaboration with leading scientists and clinicians around the UK to develop effective new anti-cancer treatments.

You will be provided with training, mentorship, and exposure to key roles in drug development and pharmaceutical research. 

Student Portfolio Analyst (SPA)

Assist with gathering, analysing, and presenting project information to support the effective review and management of Cancer Research UK's CDD portfolio of projects. Support resource forecasting across CDD and developing data visualisation methods and tools for CDD portfolio information. Expand and learn new skills with Excel, PowerPoint and data visualisation software. 

Student Medical Writing and Pharmacovigilance Assistant (SMWPV)

Provide administrative support to the Medical Writing (MW) and Pharmacovigilance (PV) teams in accordance with Cancer Research UK Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and policies, International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and requirements in order to facilitate the successful execution of MW and PV clinical trials related activities.

Student Clinical Study Coordinator (SCSC)

Aid in the development of new cancer therapies by supporting the exploratory, pre-clinical, set-up, monitoring and archiving aspects of clinical trials in accordance with Cancer Research UK Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and policies, ICH GCP guidelines, UK legislations and other regulatory requirements.

About Cancer Research Horizons

Cancer Research Horizons is an innovation engine built to complement Cancer Research UK’s network of exceptional researchers. We take cutting-edge innovations from the lab bench to the bedside, translating them into effective treatments and diagnostics for cancer patients.

Biosciences Student

Join our Bioscience team at Cancer Research Horizons, Cancer Research UK’s in-house drug discovery engine, to learn in-vitro laboratory techniques and develop a broad understanding of cancer cell biology and its application within oncology drug discovery

Molecular Sciences Project Student 

Support and develop capabilities within the cellular mechanistic pharmacology group, involving cell-based assays using cell lines in both 2D and 3D culture for the identification, profiling and characterisation of small molecules.

Medicinal Chemistry Student

Prosecute a laboratory-based project that is designed to expand the Cancer Research Horizon's Medicinal Chemistry team’s technical capabilities. Apply an understanding of organic synthesis in our chemistry labs and work alongside an expert team of medicinal chemists.