Industrial PhD Placement Opportunity
Connecting skilled doctoral researchers with vibrant organisations
Could your organisation benefit from PhD students’ unique technical and professional expertise?
Are you looking to enhance your recruitment potential and attract new talent?
Participating in our Bristol Industrial PhD placement scheme is an opportunity to bring skilled individuals into your organisation on a temporary basis — enhancing your capacity and capability on short-term projects and initiatives.
How to get involved
To get involved, register to attend the PhD Placement Fair evening event on 11 April.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet doctoral researchers and ask them about their technical and professional skills.
If you want to find out more about what's involved in the placement scheme, you can read the sections below and our Bristol Industrial PhD Placement – FAQ for external partners (PDF, 57kB).
What are the benefits of a PhD placement?
This placement is a unique opportunity for the host organisation and the doctoral researcher alike.
Benefits for a host organisation
A placement provides a short-term additional resource to your business, enhancing your capability in short projects with unique technical skills. You'll have an opportunity to select a placement candidate that matches your requirements in terms of technical and professional skills.
A placement involving a doctoral researcher also creates new opportunities for you to engage with academic researchers in Bristol. You'll be able to enhance your recruitment potential and attract new talents to your organisation.
Benefits for a PhD researcher
A placement provides an opportunity for a doctoral researcher to apply their technical and professional skills in a real-world setting. A chance like this enriches the experience of a doctoral researcher, allowing them to broaden their outlook on future career options and enhance their professional network.
What is the application process?
Following the placement networking event on 11 April, the process requires the EPSRC-funded PhD researcher and prospective host organisation to submit a joint application. This application must provide:
- A placement proposal, developed jointly, outlining the plan of work and how and why this placement will benefit both the student and company.
- An endorsement from the academic supervisor of the PhD researcher.
- A statement from the company, expressing a commitment that they will take on the named PhD researcher, offering them support and guidance through the placement, and allocating a company member of staff as a key placement contact and facilitator.
How will placements be funded?
Based on the strength of the application, the successful proposal will be offered EPSRC NPIF funding for the full duration (three months) or in part.
How will the placement be documented?
In line with EPSRC reporting requirements, every successful doctoral researcher will be required to submit a short report following the completion of their placement.
As part of this report, they will be encouraged to seek feedback from their host organisation.
What's the timeline for the scheme?
- 5 February 2018 — Registration opens for doctoral researchers and companies to register for the Speed Networking Event
- 2 April 2018 — Registration closes
- 11 April 2018 — Networking event
- 11 May 2018 — Joint proposal submission deadline
- 1 June 2018 — Successful and unsuccessful candidates are notified
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel and the candidates/companies will be notified shortly afterwards. Following acceptance, the doctoral researcher must arrange to commence their placement within six months.
Questions about the placement scheme?
If you have a question that isn't answered on this page or in our FAQ document, please contact Dr. Aby Sankaran.