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PhDs for science graduates

Applications now open for two PhD studentships commencing 2016

Our next big discovery could be you 

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is currently recruiting for two fully-funded PhD studentships. The successful candidates will undertake a four-year research training programme under the guidance of a supervisory team of our world-class researchers.  Students receive an annual stipend, currently £21,000 per annum, as well as having fees and laboratory/project costs paid for the four-year duration. The studentships will commence in October/November 2016.

The ICR is a college of the University of London and awards degrees of the University. Our studentships are funded from a range of sources, including the Cancer Research UK Centre – a strategic partnership between Cancer Research UK, the ICR and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust which aims to enhance translational research, ICR core funding and other cancer charities such as Breast Cancer Now and Myeloma UK.

PhD studentship starting October/November 2016

Please click the links below for full details about the two available projects and the primary supervisors for each of them.

Division of Breast Cancer Research

Identification and validation of novel targets in aneuploid breast tumours

This project will be based in the Division of Breast Cancer Research and supervised by Dr Spiros Linardopoulos.

The project aims to identify and target important genes that play a role in the formation of aneuploidy, a well-known phenotype of cancer.

Division of Cancer Therapeutics

Identification of molecular and genetic mediators of sensitivity to BCL6 inhibition 

This project will be based in the Division of Cancer Therapeutics and supervised by Dr Olivia Rossanese.


We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research

Applications are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent, or a Master’s degree, in Biological Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry or a related subject. Please click the links for full details on the project and the supervisors.


Please proceed to our Application Information page to see full eligibility criteria and complete the online application form. The closing date is 5 September 2016.

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Further Recruitment

Our main round of recruitment will begin in October 2016 for studentships commencing in October 2017. To register your interest for any future PhD studentship opportunities please email Registry.

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. We don't just train students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research; we enable and guide them as they make their own discoveries and help to defeat cancer.

Like all of our scientists, PhD students at the ICR benefit from all that our dedicated research sites at Chelsea and Sutton in London have to offer – working in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden, and with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

Initially, students are registered for an MPhil and after the first year has been completed, an upgrade report and oral examination takes place. Successful students will then be transferred onto PhD registration.

Our PhD studentships train students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research in one of the eight research divisions at the ICR.

Please see the resources and support page for more information on how your progress will be assessed.

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