About us

Originally established in 1950, the DMT is a UK-based independently endowed charitable trust.  Our focus is on enabling academic and clinical researchers (from across the disciplinary range) and health and social care professionals to apply their knowledge and skills to:

  • improving the quality of life, functional capacity and well-being for older people now, or creation of the context of change in the future;
  • preventing, delaying or reducing future health and social care requirements;
  • informing and influencing the collective understanding of “what works” and enabling community organisations to develop innovative, evidence-based and best practice ways of delivering care and support for older people and drive systemic change.

Particularly important to us is finding ways to support the best brains in applying their talent to solving the complex challenges and grasping the opportunities that an ageing population brings.

The opportunity

We are excited to be preparing to launch our new 5-year plan later this year. It will outline a number of key under-addressed themes for support and would like to ensure that the community we serve is involved in the scoping and preparation of the detailed calls for proposals.

To assist in this process of research administration and dissemination we are therefore offering a 4-month internship (on a full-time, flexible or part-time (min. 0.6FTE) basis) for a doctoral student beyond your 1st year of study in a field relevant to the first of our chosen themes: creating suitable housing, living environments and communities for older people.  Candidates with relevant background including (but are not limited to): engineering, technology, town planning, design, architecture, social gerontology, occupational therapy etc. are welcome to apply.

In addition to your disciplinary expertise, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • your commitment to a career in ageing-related research or a keen interest in developing a career in research administration.
  • that you know your way around both the academic and the grey literature
  • that you are capable in bibliometric analysis and recognising important and impact generating research
  • that you can present complex data accessibly for a range of audiences
  • that have an aptitude for (or experience in) multi-disciplinary working and bringing multi-disciplinary groups together to agree common objectives.

You will also be pro-active and confident to work with a range of people of different levels of seniority and from different sectors, enjoy working in small teams and be prepared to roll up your sleeves to do whatever needs to be done.

The output

As a supporter of the principles contained within the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, we know how important it is to provide development opportunities for early career researchers to spend time outside of the academic environment in areas in which their research and skills can be used for positive impact.

By the end of the internship, you will have:

  • assisted in producing a detailed call for proposals for research project grants which has been approved by our Research Grants Committee (on the delegated authority of the Board) with an overall budget of £1M;
  • led the design of the application process and assessment process;
  • led the design of the reporting requirements;
  • learned about the perspectives and governance of the charitable sector and gained first-hand experience of peer review processing;
  • had a variety of opportunities to provide advice and input into designing the implementation and communication around our new 5-year plan and to attend conferences and meetings along with our team.

Salary and term of contract

The internship will be for a period of 4 months starting as soon as possible with candidates needing to have agreed arrangements with their institution to release them from their research for this period.

We will cover your stipend based on UKRI agreed award levels for this period and support will be available to assist with travel and living expenses.  Before applying for this internship you will need to consult with your institution/funder and gain the appropriate approval for your study period to be extended to allow you to take up the internship if your application is successful.  It is also your responsibility to ensure that undertaking this internship will not breach any permission you hold to live and work in the UK.

If you are a self-funding student and not in receipt of a stipend we will pay a salary equivalent to Grade 3 spine point 17 of the UK Higher Education Single Pay Spine.

Our office is based in central London (between Blackfriars and St Paul’s) and while it is essential that you spend time at the office,  we would be happy to negotiate a flexible work pattern to ensure that the opportunity is available to the widest possible range of candidates from around the country.

How to apply

Please send to Susan Kay, Executive Director (susan.kay@dunhillmedical.org.uk):

  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of any publications);
  • a 500 word abstract of your research work written for a lay audience.
  • a covering letter of no more than two sides setting out why you wish to undertake the internship and why you are a suitable candidate (referring to the requirements set out above).
  • a letter of support from your doctoral supervisor countersigned by their Head of Department stating that appropriate permissions and extension of period of study have been approved.

We welcome applications irrespective of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Closing date

17th April at 5pm.

Interviews will be held during the last week in April.