PhD Student - Martin BakerThe Babraham Institute is a remarkable place to do a PhD and I consider myself very fortunate to have had this opportunity. Whilst at the Institute I have been participating in world leading research as well as enjoying the many social events and the friendly atmosphere that the campus offers.
It of course helps that our research budget is capable of covering all our needs and as a result, I have never been told that a particular experiment or chemical is too expensive.
Interaction between labs, whether in lab meetings or at socials, is strongly encouraged and different labs often work together.
There are also many opportunities to participate in science outreach activities such as volunteering for science festivals or doing interactive science sessions in primary schools. Needless to say, if you express an interest in science outreach then a Babraham institute t-shirt will quickly be found in your size and you will be given the opportunity to explain amazing science to children of all ages. This is something which I have enjoyed and is a great way to practice your presentation skills.
You can also join the Institute football team (we beat LMB every year), play volleyball on summer evenings, or drink away those experiment troubles in the bar. Whether you’re an ale drinker, sports fanatic or if you sleep, eat, drink, bleed and poop science, then there is something here for you!
This is of course in addition to the countless activities and opportunities that Cambridge University College life has to offer.
What others say
A career at the Babraham Institute offers an opportunity to work at a world-leading academic research institute, while also being located on a campus with over 50 biotech companies. This, and the Institute’s proximity to the rest of the Cambridge cluster, make it an exciting place to work.