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NIHR Undergraduate Internships in Data Science (x2)

Rate of pay

£15.15 per hour


Full time 36.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday

Dates and duration

Fixed-term for 4 to 6 weeks (depending on the availability of the successful candidates) starting on the 12 August 2024

Research group

Medical Statistics Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford


Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Application deadline

Wednesday 19 June 2024 at noon

The Medical Statistics Group at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, invites applications for two summer internship placements to work on quantitative applied health research projects.


The internship roles

The internships will provide opportunities to undertake training in skills for statistical data analysis and coding using R and/or Stata software, to contribute to ongoing medical research projects, and to learn about careers in data science for health research. Supervision and mentorship will be provided by a team of researchers in the Medical Statistics Group: Jacqueline Murphy (Medical Statistician), Dr Thomas Fanshawe (Senior Medical Statistician and Departmental Lecturer), and Dr Susannah Fleming (Senior Quantitative Researcher).

Project 1:
Evaluating factors to predict diagnosis of Covid-19 infection by analysing individual participant data from a research study on diagnostic tests. This project includes an optional activity to develop an interactive web app using “R Shiny” programming language to demonstrate the potential use of a diagnostic tool in a clinical setting.

Project 2:
Evaluating different methods of combining blood test results to calculate estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) as a measure of kidney function in Chronic Kidney Disease. This project involves analysing individual participant data and includes the opportunity to learn about the role of research studies in informing clinical guidelines.

Funding for the internships is provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Undergraduate Internship Programme. Placements will take place for a duration of 4 to 6 weeks (depending on the availability of the successful candidates) starting on 12th August 2024. The salary will be £15.15 per hour (Oxford University casual pay spine point 20, Grade 5.1) on a fixed-term full-time basis of 36.5 hours per week, business hours Monday to Friday. A contribution of up to £1000 per intern is also available to reimburse costs of travel and/or accommodation for successful applicants.



  • Conduct data analysis using statistical software (R or Stata), under guidance from the supervisory team
  • Attend relevant training courses, including to develop skills in data analysis and coding
  • Work collaboratively as part of a research team including attending group meetings and contributing to project discussions
  • Prepare a short presentation about the project at the end of the placement
  • Contribute to writing a report describing the methods and main findings from the project, for potential publication in an academic journal
  • Write a short report about the internships and the skills and knowledge gained
  • Engage with resources made available during the internships to learn about careers in data science for health research, including attending discussions with other researchers in the department


Eligibility and application process

Applicants must be in their second or third year of an undergraduate degree (which may include taught undergraduate degrees or degree apprenticeships). The placements will best suit undergraduates studying a subject with a quantitative or statistical component (e.g. mathematics, statistics, or other relevant subjects such as economics or psychology).

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement as Word or PDF files to Once your application has been received you will be sent a confirmation email. Your CV should include information on undergraduate degree modules completed to-date with grades (if available). The supporting statement should include description of why you are interested in the internships and in pursuing a career in data science for health research, and previous relevant experience (study, work, or voluntary).

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 19 June 2024. Online interviews will be held in the week of 24 – 28 June 2024.


Selection criteria:


  • Currently enrolled in 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate degree*
  • Familiarity with introductory statistical concepts
  • Aptitude for conducting quantitative data analysis using statistical programming software
  • Interest in learning about and pursuing a career in data science for health research
  • Good standard of communication in both verbal and written English

 *Degree level study may include taught undergraduate degrees or degree apprenticeships



  • Previous experience conducting data analysis using statistical programming languages, such as Stata, R, or other software
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines by planning and prioritising own work tasks

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is committed to equality and valuing diversity. Appointments will be made on merit and according to the selection criteria.

Enquiries for further information about the internships or the application process are welcome; please contact Jacqueline Murphy (