Expression of Interest – PhD Internships


If you are currently undertaking a PhD and interested in experiencing industry before you finish, you might be interested in completing an industrial placement with us. TTP is an independent technology company where scientists and engineers collaborate to invent, design and develop new products and technologies. We work with the world’s most ambitious companies to address diverse, deep technology problems that enable advanced products which make a difference to people’s lives.

Internships at TTP will see you putting your technical and research skills to work within a commercially focused environment; providing the opportunity to experience how your academic knowledge and skillsets could be utilised within an industry setting. Your time within TTP could see you working in areas as diverse as neurotechnology, diagnostic devices, self-driving cars, and industrial gas sensors.

Whilst you can expect to develop on your existing skillsets and knowledge, you will equally find yourself tackling new challenges and growing in new ways: interacting with clients, seeing how business operates and being a valuable contributing member within TTP’s multi-disciplinary teams, learning from others whilst making your own impact.

We aim to structure PhD placements around a specific project thereby ensuring the placement is as valuable and interesting an experience for you as is possible. The process of concluding the shape that main project will take is very much a two way one and we would expect part of the interview process to consist of that discussion. Once within TTP there will be scope for engaging in work outside of that main project however, with you having the opportunity to contribute to live client and internal projects.

The length of internships is flexible according to individual circumstances, but we have found three to six months to work well in the past.


When considering applications, we are looking for individuals with the following qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • Currently studying for a PhD, broadly within any of the following disciplines: Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical, Software or Information), Physics, Mathematics, Life Sciences
  • Evidence of applied practical skills
  • Be technically very strong
  • Enthusiastic and curious in nature – we want people who love to learn and get to the heart of a problem
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to take your own initiative and seek out responsibilities, as well as to work well collaboratively within a team
  • An ability to be both creative and to make things work

Should you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at


TTP is an employee-owned business operating from green surroundings on Melbourn Science Park, 10 miles south of Cambridge. We’re currently building our brand-new, purpose-built, sustainable offices and labs in the same location.

Our working culture encourages entrepreneurship, shared ideas and technical collaboration, while providing you the freedom to do your best work.

This is a paid internship, with other benefits including 25 days’ annual holiday (pro rata) plus bank holidays, free lunch and discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre.

Our business revolves around collaborating with one another to tackle genuinely hard problems. Equality and diversity in the workplace are some of the most challenging problems facing society. We can’t profess to be perfect in this regard, or to yet have all the answers. But we continuously strive to do better, and we fundamentally believe in the power and importance of diversity – both for our community and for the overall success of our business.

We therefore encourage applications from all individuals. Whatever your background, whatever your identity: we would love to hear from you.

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Applying to TTP

We’re always recruiting

We never close our applications, because we never stop looking for people to join us. Our internships can be competitive though, so the earlier you apply the better.

We can sponsor working Visas

If you’re a foreign national that meets the Home Office criteria.

There’ll be a couple of stages to your interview

There are two stages to our interview process for graduates, and one stage for interns. For both of those roles, there are usually a number of one-to-one interviews with our consultants. We focus on your technical abilities and consumer awareness and use our interviews to see how you’d fit into TTP.

We hold our interviews at TTP Campus in Melbourn

On the outskirts of Cambridge. The interview process is usually around a couple of hours and it’ll include technical problem-solving style questions.

We’ll cover expenses for your interview

Which includes cost of your return travel to the interview. If you need to stay overnight in Melbourn, let us know in advance and we can organise something.

After the interviews, you’ll hear back from us in a few days

It’ll normally take a few weeks to finish the interviews, but this can sometimes take a little longer depending on how busy we are.

If you fit the criteria, we can cover relocation costs up to £20,000

But before you start, we’ll discuss this together to see if you fit the criteria.