Digitech Work Placements


Digitech PhD industry work placements

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Digitech PhD Industry Work placement program

The Data Lab in collaboration with Bayes are leading on a Digitech PhD Work Placement programme under the Data Driven Innovation Entrepreneurship (DDE) Beacon programme funded by the Scottish Funding Council through DDI.

The programme will provide the opportunity for up to 20 DigiTech PhD students to undertake paid industry placements which will provide them with experience and insight to commercial environments and the opportunity to conduct research in relation to a real-world business problem.

Industry placements – Information for organisations

We are looking to partner with start-ups, SMEs and larger organisations from all areas of industry to scope out interesting data science projects to match to PhD students.

The placements will typically provide organisations with up to 10 days of access to a suitable PhD student who would carry out a short piece of research for them (on a continuous or intermittent basis). We will work with host organizations to ensure that a relevant student is matched to your chosen project.

The students will be paid for their time through the funded project, and there is no financial cost to the organisation to participate in the programme. Organisations based in Scotland are welcome to register their interest to discuss a potential research project or opportunities. 

PhD students – who can apply?

The programme is open to University of Edinburgh PhD students at all stages of study who are based in a DigiTech hub (e.g., Usher, EFI, EIDF, Easter Bush) and are working in a data-related field.

As well as matching the students to commercial projects  we will also be providing additional employability support to the students.

Find out more and apply

Applications from students are now closed, but we are still looking for organisations that are interested in hosting students. 

Website for more info: Digitech PhD Industry Work placement programme

Watch an information video – discussing The Digitech work placements,  what’s involved and how to get involved

If you have any questions or you’re an organisation that would like to host a student, contact: Cheryl Stewart at The Data Lab


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