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Research Work Placements

Are you aged 16-17, in full-time education and would like to gain experience working in a laboratory focusing on research into brain tumours?

In 2015, we launched our research strategy – A Cure Can't Wait– in which we committed to improving outcomes for everyone diagnosed with a brain tumour, including improving survival rates and the quality of life of everyone affected.

We know the only way to do this is by funding only the very best, world-class research to help us reach our goal – to double the survival and halve the harm that brain tumours have. However, there is a need to develop the workforce and support the future leaders of scientific research in the brain tumour field.

It's really important to motivate young people because we need the next generation of researchers to find a cure to treat brain tumours

Dr David Michod

Current Opportunities

To discuss future placement opportunities, questions about working in the field of brain tumour research, or if you are a researcher looking to recruit people for work placements within your lab, please contact Hope Terhune, Healthcare Engagement Programme Manager at 01252 237 853, or email

UCL Institute of Child Health

Dr Michod is a Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Child Health in London. While at secondary school, Dr Michod was inspired to become a researcher and would like to offer the opportunity for three young people to gain a week's work experience alongside him and his team in his laboratory at UCL.

The goal of Dr Michod's research group is to understand how epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the development and function of the central nervous system, and how alterations in these mechanisms can lead to disease such as brain tumours. You can read more about his research group here.


You must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for this placement:

  • age 16–17 years
  • currently completing Year 12 of full-time education
  • studying biology and chemistry A-level
  • have an interest in laboratory science and a specific interest in brain tumours.


  • You should be available to do the work experience for the week of 29 July - 2 August (11am - 4pm each day).
  • Please note, you will need to organise and fund your own travel and obtain permission from your parent or guardian.


To be considered for this unique opportunity, please email a CV and cover letter to by Friday 10 May 2019.

In your CV, which should be no more than two pages, please include: 

  • date of birth, address, telephone number and email
  • which college you are currently at
  • your GCSE and A-level / Higher / IB grades or predicted grades
  • details of a teacher at your school / 6th form college whom we can contact for a reference.

In your cover letter, which should be no more than one page, please outline:

  • your motivation for applying
  • how you plan to make the most of the opportunity
  • what your future plans are
  • any other relevant experience.

Short-listed students should be available for a brief chat about the placement by skype on the 23 May, which will be arranged in advance.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early June.

We expect high levels of interest and anticipate we will not be able to accommodate all eligible students.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the placement please contact on Hope Terhune Healthcare Engagement Programme Officer 01252 237853 or

Research in education

We are delighted to have been working with Dr David Michod for many years, offering students the opportunity to spend a week working alongside him and his team at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London.