Full time
Integrated Diagnostics

Job Type: 1 year fixed term full-time

Salary: £21,000 (£20,000 base, plus £1,000 allowance, which can be taken as cash, or used for additional benefits)

At LifeArc, we want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives.

A bit about the role:

We offer Industrial Placements to students who are interested in early Therapeutic Discovery and/or Diagnostic Development or Data Science. This is an opportunity to get involved in exciting project work at our Centre for Integrated Diagnostics in Edinburgh based at the Bio-Quarter – a LifeSciences Hub located adjacent to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Join us and you’ll support our teams working across a number of areas in the diagnostic development process and work closely with our expert team members to gain valuable experience in areas such as:

Working in accordance with ISO 13485 – the industry standard for quality management systems for In-Vitro Diagnostics;

  • Assay development
  • Nucleic acid extraction (DNA, RNA)
  • PCR optimisation (qPCR, RT-qPCR and digital PCR) and evaluation of novel PCR technologies
  • Application of Next-generation sequencing for progressing diagnostic opportunities
  • Running of clinical studies, obtaining clinical samples and associated processes that comply with necessary ethics and regulatory requirements.
  • Molecular microbiology (cell culture, bacterial culture)
  • Working in accordance with ISO 13485 – the industry standard for quality management systems for In-Vitro Diagnostics
  • Working as part of a cross functional team to progress cutting edge diagnostic projects to patient benefit


Clinical / Quality

  • Running of clinical studies, obtaining clinical samples and associated processes that comply with necessary ethics and regulatory requirements
  • Support diagnostic projects and maintenance of an ISO 13485 quality management system

During your placement, we’ll expect you to deliver regular presentations of experimental results and conclusions to the project team, while maintaining high-quality written and/or electronic lab notebook records of your research. In return, you will have the opportunity to use the work you do here to assist with your degree submission and gain research experience.

About you:

Education & experience required: 

Typically, you will currently be in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year and studying for your first degree. You must be available to commence a 12-month placement from September 2024 as part of your degree course. You should be studying one of the following disciplines: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Data Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Statistics

Skills and Strengths we are looking for during the assessment process:

  • Relevant degree subject (see above) and on track to achieve at least a 2:1 classification
  • Collaboration
  • Drive and determination
  • Analytical mindset
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Desire to learn
  • Effective communication skills

About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 

We want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives.

What we can offer you:

Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day. 

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it. 

Application Process:

The online application form will open on Monday 11 September 2023. As part of the online application process, you will need to attach your CV. Please try to keep your CV on 2 pages. Where possible, please also include your end of year module grades in the education section of your CV.

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible. We will close this vacancy when we have enough applications, so please apply as soon as you can so your application can be considered.


If your online application form is successful, you will be invited to complete a short strength-based video interview, known as Snapshot. Full instructions and guidance on how to approach and prepare for a strengths-based assessment will be provided before you complete the Snapshot.

We are also proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidates’ achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. We therefore encourage you to submit your contextualised data using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System using the following link: https://lifearc.app.contextualrecruitment.com/apply/7f766c06-a3dd-4e2a-a38c-7416da17da8b 

Your placement needs to be part of an undergraduate degree and approved by your university. For this placement, you must be available to start in September 2024.

Please be aware that some of our placements require students to work with human biological samples (HBS).  Those students who maybe at an increased risk of occupational exposure of Hepatitis B due to this work will be offered the relevant course of vaccinations and titre checks in order to protect them in the work environment. This is entirely voluntary and offered to all employees, where required.

Quotes from previous placement students:

“As a student I feel as though my placement year has opened many doors for me and I have gained much invaluable experience that will help me progress in my career once I have graduated from university”

“I definitely believe that this year has been incredibly helpful in helping me to decide which direction I wish to take my career in. Through working fulltime in a lab all year, I have gained a multitude of transferable skills that can be applied to my future career”

“I was very happy with how I was managed daily as my supervisor made sure that she always knew what I had planned for the week ahead and we had regular meetings to discuss my experimental results and personal progress”

“I have enjoyed meeting so many different people – all of which come from different backgrounds. It has been invaluable to learn from everybody’s experience. I can’t think what I have enjoyed least!!”

“I have had a brilliant year at LifeArc – the experience has been invaluable and is no doubt something that I will look back at with fondness”

This does not form part of the application process – LifeArc’s virtual work experience is available to anyone who is interested to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the work of a biology research team. 

The LifeArc virtual work experience programme offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day tasks of a LifeArc scientist. This is a great resource that we would encourage you to explore if you are considering applying to the LifeArc Industrial Placement programme – this is not mandatory, however it is great to provide a safe space for students to gain skills that could help with onward studies.

Through the online programme, you’ll learn how to optimise experimental conditions, analyse data to determine optimal conditions, synthesise evidence and present your results.


Apply now - and start translating your potential!

At LifeArc, we commit to advancing equal opportunities and building a diverse workforce by ensuring a fair, inclusive, and accessible recruitment experience for all. We employ individuals based on their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion, or belief. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion includes creating a culture where everyone feels they belong, is valued for who they are and has the opportunity to translate their potential.

We want every candidate to do their very best. If you require special assistance or reasonable adjustments, please be sure to let us know in advance what will be most useful for you and/ or to discuss your needs.

We only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list, and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

Please note we are actively recruiting, and the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role.

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