Trinity College Undergraduate Internship Programme 2020

Trinity College/Cambridge Science Park - Undergraduate Internship Programme 2020

Following the success of last year's pilot programme, this summer we are offering Trinity undergraduate students the opportunuity to work for a company on the Cambridge Science Park. Students will be paid £386 per week and will be offered accommodation at College for the duration of their internship.

To apply for any of the projects detailed below, please email your CV to [email protected] quoting your name and the project number in the subject line. There is no limit to the number of applications you can make. Important dates:

5pm Thursday 5 March = closing deadline for applications

5pm Tuesday 10 March - you will be notified if you have been selected for any interviews

Thursday & Friday 12 and 13 March = interviews will be held at the Cambridge Science Park

Curious to know more about internships on the Cambridge Science Park?  Scroll to the end of this page to read the experiences of some of the students who worked here last summer.

Project # Description Company
1 Impact of technology changes on the care of disease which lead to an individual having stoma surgery Eakin
2 Trends in clinical trials reporting in heart failure Heartfelt Technologies
3 Prototyping of a smart product recommendation engine for mobile devices String
4 Research and reporting on prospective investment avenues TusPark Investment and Management
5 Technology that turns mobile devices into readers for simple blood tests that can be performed at home Vital Signs Solutions
6 AI - Problem Solving and Search Lucideon & Cambridge Victoria College
7 Clean technology: from cotton direct to on-market products Lucideon & Cambridge Victoria College
8 Workload performance analysis - gem5 HUAWEI
9 Algorithm design for Speech/ NLP/ Computer Vision HUAWEI
10 Tools for managing the Bio-Innovation Centre TusPark BioInnovation Centre

Project 1 Eakin Healthcare Group, Eakin R&D
Impact of technology changes on the care of disease which lead to an individual having stoma surgery
Company overview 

Eakin R&D is the research and Development company of the Eakin Healthcare Group. Founded in 1974, the Eakin Healthcare Group has a successful track record as a medical device manufacturer of high-quality skin protection and ancillary products for use in ostomy, wound care and most recently single use surgical instruments through acquisition.


There are 5 companies within the Eakin Group:
TG Eakin Limited based near Comber, Co Down, focus on the manufacturing and export of ostomy and wound care products to the international market


Pelican Healthcare based in Cardiff, Wales, specialise in the manufacture and distribution of ostomy care products for the UK


Respond Healthcare is a Dispensing Appliance Contractor providing NHS Services, dispensing prescriptions for stoma and continence products, to patients residing within the UK


Pelican Feminine Healthcare Limited also trading as Single Use Surgical manufacture single use instruments for ENT, General, Gynaecological, Ophthalmological, Oral and Maxillofacial, Orthopaedic, Paediatric surgeries


Eakin R&D Limited focus on innovative research and development of ostomy and wound care products for the Group


The Group currently exports to over 30 countries through a network of 40 distributors plus its own offices in Japan and the Netherlands

Project brief We have been exploring the potential impact of technology changes on the care of disease which lead to an individual having stoma surgery. This is important for us to understand how our business may change in the future. Having completed phase one of this project, we would like some areas to be explored in more detail.
Duration 8 weeks
Requirements

Ability to synthesise and make sense of new information quickly

Self-starter
Commercial acumen
Primary and secondary market research experience
A broad understanding of medical science and technology including clinical diagnostics, surgery, biological and medical sciences.

Website

https://careers.eakinhealthcaregroup.com/e/careers/search/new

Project 2 Heartfelt Technologies
Trends in clinical trials reporting in heart failure
Company overview 

Heartfelt Technologies exists to help patients, their families, carers and doctors, to reduce hospital re-admission rates from heart failure de-compensation.


This is a big problem: heart failure costs the NHS about two billion pounds per year, and statistics show that one in five people will suffer from heart failure (it is the most common cause of hospitalisation for those aged over 65), and half of those affected will have multiple hospital emergency admissions as a result. However, it is estimated that three-quarters of these repeat emergency admissions could be avoided.


We have developed a device to automatically monitor heart failure in the home, whilst fitting naturally around the patient's lifestyle. What this means for the patient and their carers is one less thing to worry about with their often complex drug and monitoring routines; for the doctor this means consistently collected data to help patients to live longer, healthier lives.

Project brief This is a research project looking at the trends in clinical trials reporting in heart failure. Last year the FDA announced that heart failure drugs could be prescribed if they improve the quality of life of patients (until then it was just about mortality reduction).
 
This opens up new opportunities for our company.
 
Our device will soon be approved for measuring clinical end points (peripheral oedema) during clinical trials and we are interested in reviewing the other methods that are being by researchers around the world for the measure of:
- peripheral oedema
- lung oedema
as well as the trends in these end point reporting.
 
The work is desktop based research, looking at clinical trial registers as well as reviewing the scientific literature.
 
If the work produced is of high enough quality, we anticipate that this will be publishable and we will support the student in this process.
Project duration 

3 weeks

The project is not time sensitive, so we are happy to be flexible.

Requirements A strong bio-medical background would be desirable.
Website https://www.hftech.org/

Project 3 String Ltd
Prototyping of a smart product recommendation engine for mobile devices
Company overview  Located at the Bradfield Centre, String researches and develops advanced computer vision and machine learning technologies, user interfaces and consumer software products.

Project brief

The goal of this project is to research and build a prototype of a smart product recommendation engine for mobile devices.
For example, depending on a user's interactions (reviewing products, saving photos or videos etc.), the solution will automatically suggest new products that the user is likely to be interested in. Think of the Amazon "you might also like" feature or Netflix "what to watch next".


There are many techniques that can be used to achieve this goal: using existing APIs, querying a knowledge graph, developing and applying a custom algorithm or taking a neural network based approach.
Your task will be to review these potential techniques working with our team and build prototypes of one or two of them that satisfy the following criteria:
*achievable within the available timeframe (weeks),
*deliver a good accuracy in terms of relevant suggestions (metric to be defined more formally together).


You will gain invaluable experience of production software development and what it’s like to work in a fast-moving startup environment learning from a highly experienced and proven team.

Duration  10 weeks
Requirements

Due to the scientific and technical nature of this project, it is more intended for:
*computer science students with an interest in machine learning, or
* mathematics students with good coding skills

Preferably 2nd or 3rd year.
This project can either be for one person or two people working together in a team.

Website

https://string.co/

Project 4

TusPark Investment and Management Ltd

Research and reporting on prospective investment avenues

Company overview

TusPark is a Science & Technology Service Group with an investment arm as a Venture Capital & Private Equity firm. TusPark UK has invested £250M+ in Cambridge in the last two years, and its investment portfolio spans in the era of life science/healthcare, digital information (big data, AI and IoT, etc), new material, and environmental & new energy.
Project brief

We are looking for an Investment Analyst to undertake research and report on prospective investment avenues. The successful candidate will study how an investment is likely to perform and how sustainable it is. You will participate in our sound portfolio-management strategy by providing the necessary data for our decision-making process.

Responsibilities:
·      Conduct due diligence on companies and industries by researching, reading financial statements and market data
·      Make recommendations to fund managers, being able to position ideas and articulate to the fund manager about the risk or payoff for each recommendation
·      Draft and write research reports for fund managers;
·      Liaise with fund managers and network with industry professionals

Duration

8 weeks (negotiable)

Requirements ·      Able to examine and interpret information and data from different sources and understand the impact this will have for investment decision making;
·      Great attention to detail and the ability to make sound judgment calls under time pressure;
·      Excellent communication and presentation skills;
·      Self-confidence and self-motivation;
·      Able to work effectively in a team;
·      Have a global mindset
Website www.tuspark.co.uk

Project 5 Vital Signs Solutions Ltd 
Technology that turns mobile devices into readers for simple blood tests that can be performed at home
Company overview 

We are a young, dynamic, venture backed startup located in the BioInnovation Centre in the Cambridge Science Park.  
We aim to empower individuals to take control over their own health by developing technology that turns mobile devices into readers for simple blood tests that can be done at home. 
Through our first product, PocDoc, we are applying our technology to the preventative health space.  PocDoc measures levels of biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes and helps users mitigate disease risk through partnerships with healthcare providers and lifestyle coaches.

Project brief This is an exciting opportunity to apply our technology to a new area of development.   Over 50% of the adult population in the UK have insufficient levels of vitamin D whilst 6% are deficient in Vitamin B12. The objective of this project is to utilize our existing technology to provide a way for individuals to measure their levels of certain key vitamins using their smartphones.
 
The project will involve the following work packages:
1)     Researching existing chemical assays for nutritional biomarkers
2)     Establish the chemical reactions off-chip and determine the reaction parameters / kinetics
3)     Work with our software developers to apply our software to the new reactions
4)     Integrating the reactions into the chip ready for performance evaluation!
 
In addition to the project work above, the student will gain exposure and experience of working within a QMS-13485 regulated environment.
Duration 10 weeks (flexible start and end dates)
Requirements

We are looking for a highly-motivated, energetic and creative self-starting individual to become a member of our team for the summer. 
 
Candidates should have experience in working in wet-lab environments and be able to perform experiments and analyse and interpret results independently.
 
Experience / knowledge of microfluidic development (e.g. 3d printing, chip optimization, prototyping) would be a definite plus.

Chemical engineering or chemistry would be most applicable

Website https://www.vitalsignssolutions.com/
Project 6 Lucideon & Cambridge Victoria College
AI - Problem Solving and Search
Company overview  (1)Lucideon is a development and commercialization organization (DCO), specializing in innovation on new technologies and processes.  Its application of cross-industry insight, materials science expertise and innovative thinking allows industry to develop and implement disruptive technology platforms, providing cost and / or product performance benefits and enabling real market differentiation.
 
(2)Cambridge Victoria College (CVC) is a world-class training and educational centre for professionals in Cambridge.  We aim to help address the challenges facing modern industry via specialized continuing education programs and professional training. The key to our success is the vision and determination of the executive management team and our leading academic and industry experts, who all share a passion for using applied science to address real world issues. We provide education and training directed at the needs of industry with a mixture of residential courses in Cambridge and e-learning. Ours is a unique approach that draws on the academic heritage and the vibrant business economy of Cambridge.
Project brief Lucideon and CVC are jointly exploring a completely new direction for Problem Solving using AI Search. This is an important aspect of intelligence that is goal-based problem solving. The solution of many problems, which can be described by finding a sequence of actions that lead to a desirable goal. Each action changes the instance state and the aim is to find the sequence of actions and states that lead from the initial (start) state to a final (goal) state. This is an exciting area of research that could allow AI to take over problem solving in tasks that currently require man-power.   We would like to have two enthusiastic students research the potential of this approach.  This summer project will be supervised by both industrial and academic supervisors.
Duration 4 week initially. Can potentially be extended to 8 weeks if 4 weeks if the project discovers any area that may require further exploration.
Requirements Open minded, eager to explore new directions in technology and with an interest in industrial applications. A willingness to combine literature searching with more direct information gathering techniques i.e. directly contacting professors and companies and/or industry experts.
Website

https://www.lucideon.com/

Project 7 Lucideon & Cambridge Victoria College

Clean technology: from cotton direct to on-market products

Company overview  (1)Lucideon is a development and commercialization organization (DCO), specializing in innovation on new technologies and processes.  Its application of cross-industry insight, materials science expertise and innovative thinking allows industry to develop and implement disruptive technology platforms, providing cost and / or product performance benefits and enabling real market differentiation.
 
(2)Cambridge Victoria College (CVC) is a world-class training and educational centre for professionals in Cambridge, England. We aim to help address the challenges facing modern industry via specialized continuing education programs and professional training. The key to our success is the vision and determination of the executive management team and our leading academic and industry experts, who all share a passion for using applied science to address real world issues. We provide education and training directed at the needs of industry with a mixture of residential courses in Cambridge and e-learning. Ours is a unique approach that draws on the academic heritage and the vibrant business economy of Cambridge.
Project brief Lucideon and CVC are jointly exploring completely new solutions for a range of on-market medical and consumer products produced directly from cotton without any chemical process.  This is an exciting area that will potentially affect large number of medical products that are currently made from oil-based technology or from heavily processed natural materials.  Pure natural cotton can be used to make a range of medical and consumer products through only physical and mechanical processes without any need for chemical processing.   This could be new way to directly bring naturally occurring, environmentally friendly materials into on-market products.  We would like to have two enthusiastic students research the potential of this technology, by looking into any synthetic/processed materials currently used in medical and consumable products that could feasibly be could be substituted for cotton.  Samples of products currently produced directly from cotton will be provided to students as a starting point.  This summer project will be supervised by both industrial and academic supervisors.
Duration 4 week initially. Can potentially be extended to 8 weeks if 4 weeks if the project discovers any area that may require further exploration.
Requirements Open minded, eager to explore new directions in technology and with an interest in industrial applications. A willingness to combine literature searching with more direct information gathering techniques i.e. directly contacting companies and/or industry experts.
Website https://www.lucideon.com/
Project 8 HUAWEI

Workload performance analysis - gem5

Company overview  Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Project brief Our team is building computing solution based on Huawei’s Kunpeng high-end arm server processor.  We are doing workload performance analysis to figure out bottlenecks that could be inside software layer or processor micro-architecture. For dealing with processor micro-architecture level bottlenecks, we are considering building quantitative analysis framework based on gem5 on which a couple of software/hardware co-analysis could be carried on. We are especially interested in using gem5 to study memory subsystem and its impact on performance of server workload.
Duration 2-3 months
Requirements * Read and go deep inside gem5’s source code (python, c++), deliver internal presentation
* Understand gem5’s memory subsystem simulation framework, deliver internal presentation
* Performance projection based on gem5 with proposed memory subsystem design changes.
Website https://www.huawei.com/uk/
Project 9 HUAWEI

Algorithm design for Speech/ NLP/ Computer Vision

Company overview 

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Project brief The candidate will do:
1. Experimentation and rapid prototyping
2. Contributing to the team’s technical direction
3. Algorithm design: public paper sourcing and reading, innovation algorithm design.
4. Code Implementation: code writing, training/Inference and fine tune.
5. Training dataset: data collect, pre-processing, augmentation.
6. Verification: performance test and algorithm improvement iteration.
7. Prototype: Application development, demo show.
8. Document: document writing at each phase.
9. Domestic and some international travel will be required.
Duration 2-3 months
Requirements • Domains study and research
• Natural Language Processing: Natural Language Understanding, Language Modelling, Neural Machine Translation and computational Linguistics
• Speech: Automatic Speech recognition, Text-to-speech
• Computer Vision: object detection, segmentation, action recognition, etc.
• Candidates with published papers are highly favorable.
• Machine Learning and Deep Learning
• Statistics, Probability and Mathematics
• Having knowledge of PyTorch, Tensorflow or Keras is highly favorable
• Good with Python
Website https://www.huawei.com/uk/
Project 10 TusPark BioInnovation Centre
Tools for managing the Bio-Innovation Centre
Company overview  Tuspark provides a leading global ecosystem for technology and service businesses through its operation of science parks around the world and its investment in companies. As part of its collaboration with Trinity College, Tuspark is operating the Bio-Innovation Centre on the Cambridge Science Park, providing space and support for start-up companies within the life science sector.
Project brief We are planning to implement some improved tools for managing the Bio-Innovation Centre and the interface with all the tenants.  These will be used to facilitate activities like managing visitors, booking meeting rooms etc but also to provide and gather much more information to help create the community within the building. The project is therefore to maximise the potential of the tools by creating and gathering content to make this as functional and valuable as possible for both the landlord and the tenants.
Duration The project is anticipated to last approximately 6 weeks and would ideally start in the last week in June
Requirements The project will require somebody with good writing skills, accuracy and a degree of creativity.  Good communication skills will also be required to interact with the different stakeholders and potentially to implement training. The project is not anticipated to require any programming skills, as this will be provided by the supplier, but an interest in this area may be beneficial to discussions with them.  An interest in life sciences may also be beneficial to interactions with tenants but is not a requirement.
Website https://www.tuspark.co.uk/cambridge

Meet some of last summer's interns

Charlene Tang - Heartfelt Technologies

All in all, I thought it was a fantastic opportunity that I will continue to build on.  I had just started to explore the biotech start-up space, primarily through two Venture Create Weekends at the Judge Business School. From this, I was eager to gain hands-on experience of how a technology is built and scaled past ideation, and critically, the skill set necessary to do so effectively.

I would definitely, whole-heartedly recommend such an experience to other students, especially those with prior research experience looking to purse PhD study and curious about how to broaden the impact of our work in the lab.

In particular, I am so grateful for the team - Oriane, Shamus, Gareth and Melanie were the most inspiring individuals and were fundamental in establishing my approach to team building, management and growth.


Prabhvir Marway - 2 weeks at HeartFelt Technologies

Whilst I was at HeartFelt, I was set a clear goal of analysing and preparing data collected from their new device for submission to the 2019 European Society of Cardiology’s annual conference (the deadline  for submission being during the last week of the internship). To do this I analysed images from 220 patient days across the first six NHS patients, considering the suitability for artificial intelligence techniques to be applied on the data set. This was done with manual data labelling, followed by analysis with Python. Considering the promising results, I was then able to author a successful submission to present our findings at the European Society of Cardiology’s Digital Summit, 2019. We are also currently in the process of drafting a pilot study for submission in BMJ Open. This process drew upon my existing team-working and technical skills (medical background, writing papers) as well as developing new ones (programming). I had to learn how to work well in very small, often overstretched, teams in order to meet tight deadlines. I also gained a first-hand look at the unique world of start-ups, and how their business models operate.

For students wishing to see how companies operate on a day to day basis, as well as the opportunity for mentorship in broad areas (business and technical), internships are a fantastic way to go about this.

Overall, the two-weeks at HeartFelt, despite passing quickly, was very positive. I was proud of being able to provide a tangible and useful step forward for the company. Furthermore, I was able to be directly involved in the development of a piece of medical technology and exposed to everything that comes with it. The start-up culture was a refreshing experience for me and understanding the hurdles that medical technology companies face allowed for an interesting comparison with my clinical experiences. Additionally, it was fascinating to see a real-world application of artificial intelligence and discuss it with experts – I found myself constantly challenging my own misconceptions.


Areej Emarah - 10 weeks at Spectral Edge

New Skills - software engineering skills including improved Python and systems level design

Internships are a great way to fill holidays while doing something useful and gaining tonnes of new skills that are inevitably very handy when trying to find long term employment. In addition, I believe internships help with improving at your degree since they give an insight into industry.

I wouldn’t say there’s very much to improve in last year really. I had a brilliant experience with Spectral Edge that I am very grateful for!