Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Work experience placements

Training the next generation of consciousness scientists is a key goal of the Sackler Centre.  One way we do this is to offer a limited number of work experience placements which provide the opportunity to work at the leading-edge of consciousness science to students who wish to pursue a career in this area. Previous placement students have gone on to pursue PhD programmes and have also co-authored papers which have been published in high profile journals.

Applicants need to be Master's level or above and self-funded either personally or as part of a grant obtained at their home institution.  Please note that placements need to align with current research projects at the Sackler Centre; we are not able to supervise independent projects alongside our own Master's and PhD students.

***Please note that we currently cannot offer paid internships***

How to apply

  1. Update your CV/resume and a covering letter outlining your research experience and field of interest;  these should be aligned with the research themes detailed in our Sackler Centre research sub-group pages
  2. Please secure at least one academic reference, which can be inlcuded with your CV or sent separately.
  3. Send the above to Marianne Cole:, ensuring that you confirm in the email:
  4. Any placement requirements from your perspective as a volunteer, or as part of your course at your home university
  5. How you will fund your placement
  6. That you will have the appropriate permission to complete a placement with us (see below)
  7. How long you would anticipate your work placement lasting.

Further information

  • All applicants must show that they have the appropriate permission/permit to complete a work placement with us, whether they are current students at another UK university or international. General guidance on visas and immigration for international students is available from the Academic Registry office or by email: The UKISA is also a useful point of reference.
  • Information on exchange schemes for international students is available from the International Office.  Please contact this office to confirm if your home institution is in partnership with the University of Sussex before contacting the Sackler Centre. The application process is normally then led by the International Office. 
  • Current University of Sussex students may be eligible for the Junior Research Associate scheme or to complete a short placement if their postgraduate course allows.  There will be an application process to follow that normally involves making contact with potential supervisors.  
  • Please note that we can only host a very limited number of placements per year.