QConsult Researchers – now open for applications

Work on a real-life consultancy project with other PhD and early career researchers to
discover how your skills can shape the world outside the lab or the library.

QConsult Researchers

Unlock the potential of your research skills in an interdisciplinary team as you solve a real world problem for a London-based organisation.

Open to Queen Mary University of London PhD, post-doc, and teaching fellows.

Applications for Autumn 2019 will close on Monday, 9 September 2019, at 10am.

Contact us
Careers and Enterprise,
WG3, Queens’ Building, Mile End Campus
Tel: 020 7882 8533 | Email: qconsultresearchers@qmul.ac.uk 



Opportunity at The Alan Turing Institute – New Vacancy for a Training Officer (12 month FTC)

The Alan Turing Institute has an exciting opportunity for someone with a background in a discipline relevant to data science and related core capabilities and an interest in researcher development and training. This includes those who have recently completed a doctorate or postdoctoral researchers exploring a transition out of research and into an academic related role.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to a rapidly expanding programme of work, and to interact with the leaders in data skills training and policy within the UK. The Training Officer will work to ensure that the opinions, experience and expectations of academia, industry, learned organisations and government are met in the practical training that the Institute coordinates and delivers.

If you are interested in the role, please find below the link to the job advert for Training Officer currently available at the Turing – closing date for applications is 25 July 2019.


Opportunities for PhD holders

2 companies in France are looking for PhD holders to host as a MSCA-fellow next year. They want to submit a proposal before the next deadline in September.

Here are the proposals:

  • Elvesys is looking for a PhD in physics with a strong interest in microfluidics: “Let’s submit a proposal for a Post-doctoral grant together to create the innovations of tomorrow” – https://bit.ly/2IJjrL0
  • SAFRAN is looking for a PhD in physics, chemistry, material sciences: “Post Doc–Materials & technologies for sensor printing in aeronautical applications” – https://bit.ly/2RCHIVP

More information about MSCA funding scheme here: https://bit.ly/2X2P1HM 

Call for proposals – The Alan Turing Institute Turing Defence and Security Programme

The Alan Turing Institute has opened a call for project proposals under the Turing Defence and Security Programme.

The Turing is seeking proposals for projects addressing challenges in the fields of information value, information algebra and topological data analysis.  Additional detail on these challenges is in the call guidance here and applications should be made through Flexigrant here.

  • Please note the following
    • The application deadline is 16:00 on Friday 2 August 2019
    • Projects will need to start around early October 2019 and be completed by 31 March 2021
    • A total of £750K funding is available, to be split between three projects
    • Projects can be funded at 100% FEC
    • Projects must finish and reports be submitted by 31 March 2021 (there is no possibility of extension due to restrictions on the funding being used by end of FY)

Further information on the D&S programme challenges and goals, and existing programme projects, is available at https://www.turing.ac.uk/research/research-programmes/defence-and-security

If you have queries regarding the topic areas, please contact the Programme Director for Defence & Security, Mark Briers, via the shared mailbox dsprogramme@turing.ac.uk

If you have any queries on the application process, eligible costs, or management of the funding, please contact Will Taylor (Research Project Manager) via the shared mailbox dsprogramme@turing.ac.uk


PhD to Consulting Conference 2019

We are delighted to announce this year’s PhD to Consulting (PtC) 2019 Conference, which will take place on Friday, 20 September 2019 at Imperial College London.

This student-run event is a one-day annual conference serving as a unique opportunity for PhD researchers who are looking to pursue a career in consulting. The conference provides a platform for discussion and networking for PhD students and professionals from top consulting firms, such as McKinsey, BCG, IBM and more.

The conference will discuss topics such as:

  • Exploring how receptive the UK consulting industry is to PhD students/graduates.
  • Determining the scope for PhD recruits in consulting.
  • Defining the consulting industry expectations of PhD students/graduates.
  • Outlining the skills that PhD recruit should have for a career in consulting and how they may apply.
  • Establishing any sector/industry specific demands for PhD students/graduates.
  • Analysing typical recruitment and assessment procedures, including case interviews and competencies.

Venue: City and Guilds Building, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

Registration: £30 first release, £35 second release, £40 final release

To find more information about the event and register, please visit our website https://www.phdtoconsultingconference.co.uk

London cancer and stem cell in vitro models club

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019

Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue: Perrin LT, Blizard Institute,
4 Newark Street, London, E1 2AT


  • 2:00 pm – Dr Gehad Youssef, QMUL. ‘Identifying cancer stem cells in patient specimens through high-content imaging – biological insights and prognostic potential.’
  • 2:25 pm – Dr Eirini Velliou, University of Surrey. ‘Engineering a novel versatile tool for pancreatic cancer (re-)modelling.’
  • 3:05 pm – break for tea and coffee in the Perrin foyer.
  • 3:30 pm – Dr Jason Otterstrom, IDEA Bio-Medical. ‘HERMES – High content imaging & analysis for 3D models and more.’
  • 3:55 pm – Ms Abigail Coetzee, QMUL. ‘Organotypic co-culture models to study the role of FGFR cross-talk in PDAC invasion’
  • 4:20 pm – Prof Maddy Parsons, KCL. ‘Imaging cancer cell cytoskeletal dynamics in 2D and 3D models’

Followed by drinks in the Old Library, Garrod Building, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

Free to attend. No registration required.

Directions: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/docs/about/27062.pdf
The Blizard Institute is number 6 on the map and the Perrin lecture theatre is on the right hand side of the mews area as you approach from Whitechapel station, through the green doors behind the main reception desk.

Contact: Adrian Biddle – a.biddle@qmul.ac.uk

Entrepreneurship @Turing: Data Science x Biomedical Science Summer School July 2019

On 22 July – 25 July 2019, the Alan Turing Institute, the Francis Crick Institute and Entrepreneur First will be coming together to host the Data Science x Biomedical Science Summer School.

It’s a unique opportunity for early career researchers interested in entrepreneurship or alternative routes to impact. During the four days they will connect with like-minded scientists to seed new ideas, identify collaboration opportunities and get lessons first-hand of what’s required to participate in or launch their own ventures.

There are only 50 places and applications close on 24 June 2019, with places awarded on a rolling basis, therefore it is recommended that prospective particpants apply as soon as possible. Key details are below:

Date: Mon 22 July – Thurs 25 July 2019
Location: Francis Crick Institute, London

Eligibility: Open to all those with expertise in data science and biomedical science, strong preference is given to researchers operating at doctural level and above.

Fees: Attendance is free, and bursaries are available (a maximum of £500 per participant for travel / accommodation / care needs)

Final deadline for applications: Mon 24th June 2019 (places are awarded on a rolling basis)