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      Research Officer Intern - London

      Are you keen to learn about cutting-edge biomedical research into hearing loss and tinnitus? Do you want to gain experience in research grant giving and science communication?

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      The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of our research programme to help increase the number of researchers working in this area, and to accelerate the development of new treatments to protect and improve hearing.

      Please note: this is a voluntary internship and is unpaid.


      At our London head office: 1-3 Highbury Station Road, London, N1 1SE.


      The internship is available for a maximum of three months for a minimum of three days per week beginning in June or July 2018, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (or equivalent).

      What will you be doing?

      As the Research Officer Intern, you’ll support our Biomedical Research Team across a number of areas, including performing the following tasks:

      • provide support in the day-to-day running of Action on Hearing Loss’ grant schemes, such as PhD Studentships, including assisting with the peer-review process
      • researching potential reviewers for our research grant schemes
      • corresponding with reviewers by email to provide information and collect reviews
      • gain an understanding of the medical research charity sector and mechanisms used to fund research, including peer-reviewed grant giving
      • help to develop and update the team’s online database system, including data entry, to assist with the peer-review process
      • observe internal funding decision meetings if the opportunity arises during this internship
      • attend Biomedical Team meetings, including those with other departments such as the Fundraising Directorate to gain an understanding of how we generate income to support our research
      • gain experience in science communication if the opportunity arises
      • perform other general administrative tasks, such as filing
      • support members of the Biomedical Research Team with other tasks as needed
      • follow Action on Hearing policies and regulations.

      There will also be opportunities to shadow other aspects of the team’s work and assist in other tasks when they arise. The internship will provide an opportunity to work as part of a small and dynamic team on a variety of tasks integral to grant management and science communication.

      Why do we need you?

      By supporting the delivery of our research programme, this role will help to increase the number of researchers working on hearing and tinnitus research in the UK, to make scientific discoveries, and accelerate the development of new treatments to protect and improve hearing.

      What skills do you need?

      The post would be ideally suited to a recent science graduate keen to gain experience in charity funding mechanisms and grant managementHere’s what we think could be beneficial:

      • excellent communication skills, including written English
      • good time-management and administrative skills, the ability to plan and prioritise work to ensure deadlines are met and accurate records kept
      • good PC skills including Microsoft Office packages and online databases for literature searching (e.g. PubMed)
      • knowledge of one or more aspects of hearing research would be an advantage, but it is not essential
      • able to work independently and as part of a team
      • good interpersonal skills
      • friendly, reliable and approachable manner.

      What support will you get?

      We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us.

      In a recent survey 92% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer.

      Regular support will be given by your own Volunteer Manager especially in the early stages of your role as you settle in.  You will also receive informal support from other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers and staff as you work together. Here’s what our volunteers say:

      “I enjoy meeting people and helping them with their queries. Hearing loss can cause frustration and isolation, leading to loss of confidence.  If I’m able to improve someone’s quality of life by sharing information or raising awareness of how others can help, then that’s very satisfying.” RB

      What training is offered?

      Action on Hearing Loss offers full, on-going training for all volunteers including an induction programme and further training specific to the volunteering role. This may include:

      • training in understanding hearing loss
      • the opportunity to attend other training relevant to the role.

      What will you gain?

      Our volunteers receive the following benefits:

      • training – learning new skills, and gaining up-to-date knowledge of issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss
      • experience – meeting new people in different situations, building new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers
      • fulfilment– knowing that the time you provide will make a real difference to the people we support, and raising deaf awareness throughout society as a whole
      • expenses – all reasonable expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed according to the Action on Hearing Loss expenses policy
      • opportunity to try other volunteering roles locally with Action on Hearing Loss if available.


      You may need to be able to travel locally, whether by car or public transport. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.

      What next?

      Thanks for taking the time to read these details.  Ready to apply for this role? Excellent!

      Please send your CV and a covering letter (explaining why you are applying, why you are suitable for the internship, and your availability from June – September) to by Monday 25 May. Interviews will take place during early June.

      If you have any questions about the roleplease get in touch with us. We would be delighted to hear from you.

      Call: 01273 840960

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