Calling all budding life scientists, bioinformaticians, programmers and engineers! Get involved in development and testing of products and party with us after another successful product launch!

The role

Calling all budding life scientists, bioinformaticians, programmers and engineers!
Do you want to apply your knowledge to product or application development during your PIPS placement? Learn how to: design robots; make a difference by conducting market research; try your hand at marketing; and develop concepts for new products. Get involved in development and testing of products and party with us after another successful product launch!

You will learn about Agile Project management, by playing a key role in new product development, experiencing software and hardware planning, design and versioning and how feedback from customers impacts our choices.

You will have your own research project, related to lab-automation, where you will use internal and public data to analyse a particular gap in the market, and ultimately help to shape an actual Product Development Proposal. You will have Scientific and Research & Development Advisers who will guide you. Your findings will be presented to stakeholders – including engineers, programmers, managers and other non-scientists. You will need to be able to communicate complex scientific procedures simply and effectively.

You may also write an article, edit an application note, review a paper, get involved in making a video, or try other similar marketing activities. Every day is different, and this will vary depending on your start date.

You will be integrated within a closely knit international Research & Development team, collaborating with our labs in Singapore and the USA and friendly customers around the World. You will have the opportunity to share ideas and try your hand at product development, product testing, software development and marketing; the business is your oyster!

You will be mentored by one of the Research & Development team members, as well as one Senior Manager, who will do everything they can to ensure you have a positive experience.

Singer Instruments have hosted many previous PIPS students, and like them, you will have the opportunity to experience many different aspects of our business. We always work with you to understand which areas you find most interesting, and where possible, nurture you within those roles. You will have the opportunity to shadow different roles that are well out of your comfort zone!

Skills Developed

You will work with multiple people across departments, discovering new tools, systems and ideas. Furthering your understanding of how lab automation can support research and vice versa. Discover how new product ideas are taken from concept to market. You will gain an understanding of working within the robotics industry, across multiple business functions and of the laboratory automation market.

A small team means a lot of confidence-boosting exposure. You will be interacting with international collaborators and board level management. Helping to shape products that will be used by laboratories all around the World!


Singer Instruments is a small but rapidly growing UK-based company that develop and provide hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation. We supply public and private research institutions worldwide, in multiple facets of biological sciences including Genetics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, Cancer Biology, Biofuel Engineering and microbiology. Singer Instruments are proud to have customers within each of the top 50 Universities in the World. With offices in California and Singapore and our headquarters in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England, we’re close to all the outdoors action that you could imagine!

Don’t take our word for it!

Read a previous student’s perspective of a PIPS placement with Singer Instruments


Currently studying for your PhD as part of the BBSRC DTP Programme.


Flexible start date. 9-5, Monday-Friday 3-month position.


Financial support available.


Lots of enthusiasm and geekiness.

Additional Bonus Requirements

A strong interest in science, technology, robotics and innovation.
Must enjoy socialising and eating home-baked delicious snacks!

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