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London, GB

Life Research and Forecasting - Summer Intern


About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 13,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role


In uncertain times the ability to identify future trends has never been more important. Are you eager to learn and understand more about the medical, economic, societal and lifestyle factors that drive long-term changes in the global insurance industry? As highly motivated and curious person, you would help us as we investigate a wide range of topics from the individual outcomes of health forecasting, to mortality research, cancer & heart attack rates and the COVID-19 pandemic.


You will apply your quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to the latest research trends. After analysing your results, you would help us to communicate this to a wide range of audiences, both internally and externally. You will be expected to work independently but will of course have support and mentorship from the project coach and project sponsor and learn from others in the team as well.


This position would suit a person who is looking to bring their knowledge of life and/or data science, analysis and current trends into a fast-paced business with a real-world impact.


About the Team


The Life & Health team in the Swiss Re Institute leads research in support of the Life & Health business units within Swiss Re and is split into two teams. The global Life Research and Forecasting team is an international multidisciplinary research team that works on a broad range of topics such as mortality developments, cancer rates, ageing, COVID-19, and advancement in medicines & technology. With our partner team, the Behavioural Research Unit, we promote research-driven developments in best practices across Swiss Re.


We are a team from a range of scientific, medical and actuarial backgrounds with strong academic and business experience. We identify and analyse structured/unstructured datasets throughout the world that provide insights on health trends and developments. We develop insights on behavioural research through targeted interventions at different stages in the insurance journey. We provide thought leadership and client services within and outside Swiss Re to inform capital steering, improve underwriting decisions and product pricing assumptions, as well as capacity- and risk limit management. We establish effective partnerships and collaborations with universities, data providers and research organisations on a global basis.


About You


  • You are a recent graduate or MSc/ PhD student in life sciences, biomedical research, epidemiology, data science or medical statistics.

  • You have already gained some work experience (preferable) or understanding of the medical, economic, societal and lifestyle drivers that impact morbidity/mortality.

  • Experience in medical and health data analytics and working with large health and/ or medical data sets are a plus.

  • You love working independently and have experience in managing, prioritising and time management of multiple tasks.

  • You have excellent oral & written English and presentation skills (incl. PowerPoint) and are a confident communicator.

  • You will also communicate your findings to the wider Life & Health community at Swiss Re, at all levels of seniority, actively contributing to our business development.


The role is hired for 10-week summer placements from end of June to August.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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Keywords: Life, Health, R&D, Medicine, Reasearch

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