Undergraduate students in a collaboration space at the Crick.

Sandwich students


Sandwich students join one of the Crick's research groups or science technology platforms for 12 months, working on a defined research project.

Applications closed

Applications to our 2020 sandwich student programme are now closed.

As well as benefitting from well-resourced research labs and state-of-the-art facilities, you will be provided with a supportive and stimulating work environment, and scientific and transferable skills training.

I'm learning by doing my own experiments and data analysis rather than sitting in a lecture. While university has given me knowledge about science, being at the Crick has helped me to become a better scientist.
Millie Race, 2019 Sandwich Student

The programme

The Sandwich Student Programme starts with an induction which will introduce you to the Crick, how to work in its laboratories, and each other.

During the following year, you will attend internal and external seminars and take part in scientific and professional development training. Towards the end of the programme, you will receive training in scientific presentation skills before presenting your work at a Crick Sandwich Student Symposium.

What we offer

We provide successful applicants with: 

  • a place on the Crick sandwich student programme
  • a 12-month full-time (36 hours per week) contract of employment as a sandwich placement laboratory research assistant
  • a salary that meets the London Living Wage to cover living and travel costs during the placement. 


Applicants must:

  • be registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • be in their penultimate year of study at the time of applying;
  • be studying on an undergraduate programme for which a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of the degree, or must be able to demonstrate that they may interrupt their studies for 12 months to undertake a placement; 
  • have the legal right to work in the UK.
  • Non-EU students studying full time in the UK at UK universities may apply, provided they can demonstrate that undertaking a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of their undergraduate programme and that their student visa allows them to undertake full-time paid work for one year.

Students studying for degrees at universities outside the UK are not eligible for the programme.

Application process


Before beginning an application, you should read the information on this page and the candidate instructions in full. You should also find out about the sandwich positions available.

Applications must be submitted through our student recruitment system. 

You must complete all required sections of the application form in full. Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12noon (GMT), Thursday 24 October 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. References should be received by Thursday 31 October 2019. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.

After the reference submission deadline, your application will be available to all recruiting supervisors to consider. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Friday 29 November 2019.

Recruitment timeline

  • 24 October 2019

    Applications close at noon GMT

  • 31 October 2019

    Deadline for referees to submit references

  • By 29 November 2019

    Applicants notified of the outcome of their application (either unsuccessful for invited to interview)

  • 11 December 2019

    Interviews at the Crick

  • By 10 January 2020

    Interviewees informed of final outcome

  • 6 July 2020

    Placements start

Application process

Jas Sound quote

Undergraduate students in a collaboration space at the Crick.

By being in a science technology platform, I get to see research from all over the building. I also like being able to attend Crick lectures and learn about areas of science I didn't even know existed! 

Jas Sound, 2019 sandwich student

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