Undergraduate students in a collaboration space at the Crick.

Sandwich students


Join the programme

Applications open: mid-September 2019
Application deadline: 24 October 2019
Interviews: 11 December 2019
Start date: 6 July 2020

Contact us: student-recruitment@crick.ac.uk

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

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.

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. 


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, Sandwich Student, Metabolomics

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.

Sandwich students

Millie Race

Millie Race, Sandwich Student, Polarity and Patterning Network Laboratory

"My placement year has been so hands-on. I have been in the lab every day and I am 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.

I’ve also been able to take part in some public engagement activities, like talking to the public about my work in a ‘Meet a Scientist’ session in the Crick’s exhibition. I learned so much from taking part in these activities and it’s given me a passion for science communication that I will have for the rest of my career!"

David Kitcatt

David Kitcatt, Sandwich Student, Peptide Chemistry

"The Crick placement programme provided me with a unique opportunity to learn a breadth of new skills from highly trained scientists and it has been a truly unique experience. It quickly became apparent to me that I was part of a scientific community, working amongst world-leading scientists.

My placement year has been an opportunity for me to see my degree in action. It reinforced what I’ve learnt during my degree and I was actively encouraged to apply my knowledge to new scientific areas.

I also had the chance to learn new scientific techniques that I would never encounter during my degree, which was an added bonus."

Application process

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