Y1 Workshop 3-placement examples

Year 1
Placement Workshop
Placement Examples
What type of work can be done?
Anything that has some relevance to your degree
and is at an appropriate level:
• lab work (analytical, microbiology, pathology,
synthesis, research etc etc)
• non-lab work (data management, clinical trials,
medical writing, regulatory affairs etc)
• field work
• school-based placement
Are there limitations?
• job ad will specify the degree disciplines that are
relevant to that placement
• there are placement opportunities for all degree
• hospital path lab placements require students on
• if you find your own opportunity SHU has to
approve it
Examples of Placements (05/06)
Abbott Labs, Queensborough, Kent (PS)
• analytical science
• dissolution assays
• environmental monitoring
• £13,300
Southmead Hospital, Bristol (BMS)
• cellular pathology
• logging, storage & disposal of tissue
• producing slides
• specialist staining
• £12-13K
Examples of Placements (05/06)
Central Laboratories, Oxfordshire (FAS)
• chromatography
• polarimetry
• gravimetry
• £10.5K
Cheltenham & Gloucester General Hospitals, Cheltenham (BMS)
• pathology dept
• rotated around areas
• analysers (evaluation)
• completing IBMS portfolio
• £12.7K
Coors Brewery, Tadcaster (BMS)
• analytical - hplc
• microbiology
• £13K
Examples of Placements (05/06)
Covance, Harrogate (FAS, PS)
• pharmaceutical analysis (cascade testing inhalers)
• central dispensary (homogeneity studies, analysis of formulations,
• £11K
DSTL Porton Down, Salisbury (BMS)
• physiology
• VO2 max experiments with human subjects
• heat stress trial
• £13.8 K
GSK, Ware, Stevenage, Dartford (CMB, FAS, PS, BMS)
• Development DMPK (in vitro & in vivo work, hplc, data analysis)
• Genetics (assay design and optimisation)
• Analytical (hplc, ms)
• £15K
Examples of Placements (05/06)
BUPA Leeds (BMS)
• basic duties of MLA / trainee BMS
• £9.6K
Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Luton (BMS)
• haematology lab
• phlebotany and specimen reception
• MLA duties
• £11.5K
Medical Solutions, Nottingham (BMS, FAS)
• liquid based cytology
• histopathology
• image analysis
• immunology
• £10K
Examples of Placements (05/06)
Pfizer Global R&D, Sandwich (BMS)
• (non-lab based)
• clinical study & data management
• liase with clinicians & statisticians
• £15.6K
Richmond Pharmacology, Croyden (PS)
• patient contact (monitoring & taking samples on wards)
• processing and analysis of samples (limited lab work)
• data management / scheduling
sanofi-aventis, Cheshire (PS, FAS)
• Device & equipment technolgy (dept)
• testing devices in lab
• inputting data
• checking & analysing data
• £14K
Examples of Placements 06/07
Agrisearch, Derbyshire (FAS)
• sample prep of fruit & veg
• analysis of pesticides
• experience of all areas, not just analysis
• £10.5K
AstraZeneca, Cheshire (BMS)
• investigation of plasma protein binding of drugs
• literature work
• modifying existing methodologies
• use of specialist equipment eg scintillation counter
• ~£12.5K
Examples of Placements 06/07
Bath Hospital, Bath (BMS)
• biochemistry department
• rotated around various aspects of biochemistry
• sample booking, handling, analysis
• completing IBMS portfolio
• £15K
Boots, Nottingham (FAS, PS)
• analytical support for manufacturing
• some contract research
• dissolution studies, hplc
• stability testing, quality testing
• £13K
Examples of Placements 06/07
Cardinal Health, Swindon (FAS)
• analytical testing
• Karl Fischer, FTIR
• £13.6K
Central Labs, Oxfordshire (FAS)
• analysis of animal feed and food, for nutrients
• microbiology
• chromatography
• project work
Examples of Placements 06/07
Cytec, Bradford (FAS)
• test polymer product
• experience of production
• shift work
• £13.7K
Environmental Agency, Solihull (HBS)
• data analysis
• geographic work, compiling maps for data
• £13.2K
Examples of Placements 06/07
Trafford General Hospital, Manchester (BMS)
• rotated around all aspects of routine clinical chemistry
• completing IBMS portfolio
• unpaid placement
Napp Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge (BMS)
• Medical writing
• writing formulary applications
• assimilating info from documentation
• creative skills; designing posters etc
• £14.5K
Examples of Placements 06/07
Parexel, Sheffield (BMS, PS)
• (non-lab based)
• data cleaning
• helping to set up data bases
• validation and QC
• £14.5K
To get further information about the 06/07 placements, look
on the Placement Bb site, under 'presentations'.
Examples of Placements 07/08
Biodynamics, Rushden (FAS)
• work linked with BMRC
• handling radioactive substances
• liquid scintillation counting
• MS at SHU
• £13K
Boots, Nottingham (BMS, FAS, FBS)
• analytical services
• stability testing, hplc, density, hardness
• £13.4K
Examples of Placements 07/08
• lab based: research into dystonia
• non lab based: retention project, collation of stats etc
• £600 per month
• developing and producing learning videos for analytical
equipment use
• developing learning material for forensic courses
• £3K
CCFRA, Gloucestershire (FBS)
• immunoassays for food allergens
• contract and research work
Examples of Placements 07/08
Central Labs, Oxfordshire (FAS)
• analytical dept
• chromatography (HPLC), protein, moisture and ash
• microbiology eg salmonella testing
Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals (BMS)
• biochemistry dept; analyser work (inc maintenance &
• haematology dept; analyser work, case studies,
transfusion science
• completing IBMS portfolio
• ~ £14K
Examples of Placements 07/08
Covance, Harrogate (BMS, PS)
• central dispensary: formulations analysis, method
validations, homogeneity, stability testing
• Pharm analysis: inhalor testing, using HPLC
• ~£12K
GSK, Greenford, Stevenage, Ware (BMS, FAS, FBS)
• non lab based, setting up clinical trials, use of specialist
software, electronic case reports
• lab-based: DMPK, analytical
• ~£15K
Examples of Placements 07/08
HFL, Cambridge (PS)
• contract research
• measurement of testosterone in animal carcass
Janssen-Cilag, High Wycombe (BMS)
• non-lab based (regulatory affairs)
• compilation of monthly stats, updating SOPS, reporting
• scientific and marketing elements of pre- and postlaunch activity of medicinal products
• £15K
Examples of Placements 07/08
Lilly UK (BMS)
• behavioural neuropharmacology
• in vivo cognition studies related to drug
treatment for schizophrenia
• £15.5K
Kimberley Clark, Georgia USA (BMS)
• various aspects of microbial project
• scoping work (documenting an idea)
Examples of Placements 07/08
Parexel (BMS, PS)
• data processing (validation and queries)
• some clerical work
• some QC work
• £14.5K
Pfizer, Kent (BMS)
• oversight of clinical trials in the early phase
• ~£16K
Examples of Placements 07/08
Portugese Institute of Oncology (BMS)
• busy city oncology hospital
• rotating around path depts
• embedding and cutting tissues, EM
• attended autopsy
• Erasmus funding only
ReckittBenckiser, Hull (BMS, PS)
• sensory analysis: organises and runs tests with
volunteers, analyses results, some (fairly limited) lab
• R&D team: assessing competitors products (lit and lab),
• £15.5K
Examples of Placements 07/08
RHH, Sheffield (BMS)
• haematology
• routine processing of blood samples
• rotation between sections
• completing IBMS portfolio
• £6.5K
Richmond Pharmacology, Croydon (BMS, CMB, FAS)
• on ward: monitoring patients for clinical trials, taking
blood etc
• in the lab: sample handling, samples from ward studies,
storage and documentation
• £15K
Examples of Placements 07/08
Sanofi-aventis, Alnwick (BMS)
• method dev on LC-MS
• looking at existing compound for new
• ~£13+K
Severn Trent Water, Mansfield (BMS)
• field service technician linking managers with
• rotation around areas
• £14K
For further info:
• look at student presentations on
Placement Bb site
Examples of Placements 08/09
Royal Hospital, Bath (BMS)
• haematology & blood transfusion
• can complete IBMS portfolio
• £16.5K
ReckittBenckiser, Hull (BMS, FAS)
• microbiology
• formulations, inc using pilot plant
• £15K
Examples of Placements 08/09
3M Healthcare, Loughborough (BMS, FAS,
FBS, C&M, Biol)
• analytical: stability testing, hplc etc
• working under GLP/GMP
• £16+K
Parexel, Sheffield (FAS)
non-lab based - clinical data management
checking forms
verification of data entry
requires attention to detail
Examples of Placements 08/09
• in vitro DMPK
• molecular biology (real time PCR etc)
• £15.7K
• research, biochem / analysis / immunohistochemistry
• widening participation project, inc visiting schools &
• £8K over 11 months
Examples of Placements 08/09
Richmond Pharmacology, Croydon (FAS)
• working on wards, monitoring, taking measurements,
bloods etc
• processing and analysis of samples (limited lab work)
• data management / scheduling
• £15K + overtime
Eurofins-Agrisearch, Derbyshire (BMS, FBS)
• lab or field based
• sample prep, analysis of pesticides
• marking out trials, spraying, assessment (very varied,
includes travel to other sites)
• ~ £11K
Examples of Placements 08/09
Covance, Harrogate & Leeds (BMS, FAS, C&M)
• Lab based / non-lab based
• central pathology: immunoassays, validations, animal
• bioanalytical: sample prep human / animal samples, data
• formulations analysis: hplc analysis, method
• genetic & molecular toxicology: treating blood samples
with test article, analysing changes
• £13.5 K
Examples of Placements 08/09
Quotient Bioresearch, Northampton (BMS)
• drug metabolism: sample prep & analysis (liquid
scintillation counting, oxidiser & HPLC)
• link with SHU research group, does MS at SHU
• working to GLP
• £13.5K
Some presentations from 08/09 students on
placement Bb site
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Bath Hospital (3 BMS)
• Rota around depts in biochemistry; histology dept;
rotation around haemotology
• experience of sample processing and analysis
• completing IBMS portfolio
• hospital accommodation
• paid
Covance, Leeds (FAS, PS)
• clinical data management; SAS programming
• £14.4K
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Covance, Harrogate (Biochem)
Clinical pathology services
ELISA, metrology
toxicology studies from animal house
CSL (now Food & Environment Research
Agency), York (B4B)
Photography department
photographic library organisation & admin
trade show; commercial clients
Examples of Placement for 09/10
DePuy, North West (FBS)
• mechanical testing on surgical cements
• some analytical work
• £14.5K
Eden Bioscience, Liverpool (BMS)
• £12.5K
• Cloning - protein expression in E Coli
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Eurofins-Agrisearch, Derbyshire (Biol, FAS)
field work; field trials, glass house/growth room
set up trials, spraying, assessing, sampling
varied work, travel to different sites
winter break
• lab work; sample prep & analysis (gc / lc)
• working to GLP
• ~ £6 per hour
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Institute of Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital,
Leics, 2 BMS
• research: role of mast cells in asthema
• research: role of smooth muscle cells in asthema
• paid
Parexel, Sheffield (Biol, FBS)
• data discrepancy management
• QC work
• £15K
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Quotient, Cambridge (BMS, FAS)
• bioanalysis, range of techs
• report writing
• paid
Reckitt Benckiser, Hull (PS)
• clinical trial work; data management , reports, tracking
• regulatory safety & environment; info gathering,
compliance etc
• work to GCP
• £15.5K
Examples of Placement for 09/10
RHH, Sheffield (3 BMS)
• histopathology, rotating round different areas
• 2 voluntary but treated as trainee BMS: 1 paid £6.5K
• generic IBMS portfolio
Sanofi-aventis, Alnwick (Biochem, FAS)
• bioanalysis; sample prep, LC-MS
• analytical development; hplc, validations
• ~£14K
Examples of Placement for 09/10
Sheffield Assay Office (FAS)
prep of metal samples for ICP analysis
prep of bulk gold
varied work, supportive environment
£6 per hour
Sheffield Children's Hospital (BMS)
haematology lab
rotating round blood counting, coagulation, blood bank
patient contact and lab work
completing IBMS portfolio
£600 per month
Examples of Placement for 09/10
SHU, Biosciences/BMRC (PS, BC, B, FAS)
• research, technical and non-lab positions
• retention & outreach work
• some with £8K bursary others unpaid
Vectura, Nottingham (PS)
• materials science: particle distrubution analysis etc
• £15K
Examples of Placement for 10/11
Belfast City Hospital, BMS
• voluntary
• cytology but visited other labs
• completing IBMS portfolio
Botanical Gardens Kew, Richmond, FAS
• extractions, hplc
• NO scavenging assays
• paid
Examples of Placement for 10/11
Cheltenham Hospital, BMS
• £14.8K
• Rotation around depts (Clinical Bio, histo, haem, micro)
• Completing IBMS portfolio
Covidien, Chesterfield, BMS
• research into catalysis re production of paracetamol
• £9K
Examples of Placement for 10/11
Eurofins, Derbyshire, FBS
fieldwork, setting up, spraying, assessment, data capture
rotation around different teams
travel around UK, driving license useful
£5.36 per hour
Genzyme, Suffolk, BC
• 6 mths in microbiology, water testing
• QC of new pharmaceuticals
Examples of Placement for 10/11
Kingsmill Hospital, Mansfield, BMS
• 3 sections of histopathology: specimen reception; main
lab, specialist lab
• voluntary
Microbiological Validation Services, Maltby,
• media prep, bioburden testing, sterilisation validation
• £12K
Examples of Placement for 10/11
Parexel, Sheffield, Biol
• Query management
• project work with Berlin
• £17K
Proctor & Gamble, Newcastle, BMS
• £15K
• developing new test method for wash powder
• lab work and liaison with colleagues in Europe and US
Examples of Placement for 10/11
ReckittBenckiser, Hull, FBS
• New Technologies Group; looking for new products;
problem solving
• microbiology and formulations
• £15.5K
RHH, Sheffield, BMS
• haematolgy dept, but working in different sections
• ~£6.5K
• completing IBMS portfolio
Examples of Placement for 10/11
• Research: proteins involved in Parkinson's Disease;
developing a coating for an implant
• Non-lab: outreach work, school liason
• £8K
UoS Medical School, BMS, FBS
• histology & bone analysis
• data management
• voluntary
Examples of Placement for 10/11
U of York, BMS
• molecular biology inc research project using protein
purification, expression, PCR
• voluntary
Examples of Placements for 11/12
• various research projects eg MALDI-MS of skin
• science outreach
• planning, organising and delivering science based
activities to schools
• £11K
Covance, Harrogate, Biology
• metabolism - in vivo
• sample collection, prep & processing; hplc, scintillation
• £15K
Examples of Placements for 11/12
Croda, Widnes, BC
• prep & analysis of sunscreen formulations
• £15.2K
DePuy, Leeds, Biology, BMS
• clinical data entry and inspection
• journal searches / literature reviews
• report writing
• £14.5K
Examples of Placements for 11/12
Eurofins, Derbyshire, Biology, FAS
• planning, layout of trials, observation
• travelling around the country
lab work:
• sample prep, analysis by GC-MS
Kirkstall, Sheffield, BMS
• mainly non-lab work
• sales & marketing support for Kirkstall CEO
• £9.6K
Examples of Placements for 11/12
James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, BMS
• MLA work initially
• Cell pathology - histology
• ~£6.6K
• student found this themselves
Mundipharma Research, Cambridge, FAS
• analytical testing for drugs under development
• stability, moisture and dissolution testing
• £16.5K
Placements for 11/12
RHH, Sheffield, BMS
• rotate around all haematology departments
• £6K
• completing IBMS portfolio
Spire Leeds Hospital, BMS
• running biochemistry & haemotology analysers
• working on IBMS portfolio
• ~£11K
Tata Steel, Rotherham, FBS, PS
• Environmental analysis (PAH in air & water samples)
• Trace organic elemental analysis, sample prep & analysis
• £16K
Placements for 12/13
Abbott Diabetes Care, Oxfordshire
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Bedlingtonshire High School, Northumberland
Belfast City Hospital
Binding Site, Birmingham
Brinsworth Comprehensive School
Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Eurofins, Derbyshire
Euroimmun, Germany
Foster & Freeman, Worcestershire
Placements for 12/13
Merck, Germany
Pfizer, Sandwich
Quotient Bioresearch, Cambs
Reckitt Benckiser, Hull
RHH, Sheffield
UoS, Bone Oncology team
Placements for 13/14
Who knows?
Prepare well and you will find out!!
What to do next:
• produce a CV (following the guidelines!); email it to
[email protected] by end March (drop-in CV
clinics 8th, 9th, 12th and 15th March)
• produce covering letter and email to
[email protected] by end March
• update CV with year one results / work experience
• complete example applications over the summer
What to do next (cont'd):
• complete placement preference form (in placement
• attend presentations by students returning from
placement (Induction week)
• use 'the Interviewer'
• use any personal contacts

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