I don't have a MSc in STEM, however I gained some professional experience in data-science, but outside of academia:
- I coauthored a data-model at my former startup, described in a patent application that to date is cited 90+ times ;
- I coauthored a peer-review research collaboration with a research institute
Thing is, I got passion and would like to extend research on the data-model above and uptake relevant skills ( artificial intelligence on graphs ), mostly with a motivation for both applied research (spin-off, entrepreneurship, tech transfer).
I crafted research proposal for a PhD: however, since I don't have an MSc in a relevant field (required for a PhD in Europe), it's unlikely I may have a chance and I also would be very much content to break down the research proposal in simpler parts, and work on one for a peer-review publication.
I tried very hard to find a supervisor : a research collaboration would be ideal (i.e. one where I may 'trade' complementary skills for applied research, like UX or software development, or any other thing I may work at to get a temporary paid collaboration or a paid internship).
I also tried to offer myself as volunteer, to receive supervision in the prospect for being coached on a peer-review paper.
However, I could not find any researcher/professor who may want to allocate time, because I am not affiliated to any university and could not justify resources. I also tried to inquire researchers in private sector, but internships are allowed only for students, and I am not.
Do you have suggestions to help find paid internship for non-students, or researchers who may be interested in offering supervision ?
My current situation is Im looking for job: I would be happy for temporary collaborations in research, also entry level, where I could gain skills and exchange ideas on my research interest.