Closing Date
3 Dec 2018
University of Bristol /Cardiff University
9-12 months

BNA LogoThere will be two rounds for selection. If suitable candidates are identified in the first round, then a second round will not be held. Notification to this effect will be posted on the BNA website.

Deadline for first round = 3rd December 2018

Deadline for second round = 18th February 2019

Start date: Between 1st July and 31 October 2019



The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is a professional membership society representing the neuroscience community in the UK. It is the only UK organisation representing all aspects of the science of the brain and nervous system, from ion channels to human behaviour, psychology, cognition, and applications in the clinic and beyond.

The BNA’s membership of 2000 people includes everyone from undergraduate students to retired professors, as well as those who don't necessary work in neuroscience but who are still fascinated by the brain.

The BNA’s activities include membership management, holding events, running a scientific journal, advocating for neuroscientists, educational work, and representing the UK at European and global levels.

Please note that the BNA does not carry out any research itself, and is not able to provide research experience.



The placement student can expect to gain the following skills and experience during the project;

  • Writing skills, especially interpreting scientific papers for a general audience
  • Communication skills, including social media
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Database management and mining
  • Marketing
  • Public engagement of psychology and neuroscience
  • Carrying out projects e.g. a membership survey, and producing reports
  • An understanding of career pathways in neuroscience and psychology
  • Insight into a career in ‘Science Administration’ and leadership
  • Insight into a career in the charity sector

The project will be primarily supervised by the BNA Chief Executive. Ample time will be given to provide information and support for the student, particularly at the start of their placement, to ensure they have a valuable and productive experience in the BNA. Supervision will consist of regular meetings with the BNA CE. In addition, the intern will interact with the BNA President/Past President and BNA Executive Officer as well as other colleagues in the BNA.

This is an excellent opportunity for learning about a career in Academic Administration and Leadership, Professional organisations, and the charity sector. There is considerable scope for the placement student to suggest ideas for growing the BNA’s activities and trying them out, and making a significant difference to the success and impact of the BNA.



The main BNA administrative office is hosted by the University of Bristol, where the current President (Professor Stafford Lightman) and Chief Executive (Dr Anne Cooke) are based. The BNA’s Immediate Past-President, Professor John Aggleton, is at Cardiff’s School of Psychology. Students can choose whether to be mainly based at Bristol or Cardiff, but would be asked to occasionally visit the other site (e.g. once every 2 weeks) expenses for which can be covered.

Although we cannot offer payment the BNA will cover any travel expenses incurred when carrying out the placement.



Please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Anne Cooke ( explaining why you would like to undertake a placement with the BNA, what you would bring to the organisation and what you would like to gain from working with us.  Please ensure that your letter is specific for the BNA; a generic cover letter and application is unlikely to be considered. 

Application criteria: applicants should be undertaking an undergraduate sandwich course in neuroscience or a related discipline, i.e. one which incorporates a year in a placement position (usually the third year of a four year degree course). 

Contact Details

Dr Anne Cooke:
(0)7584 016279 / 0117 331359