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Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD studentships

There are currently two ESR 4 year PhD studentship positions available at the Institute of Cancer Research.

The ICR is a member of an exciting new EU funded innovative training network (ITN) which aims to exploit EU wide experience of industrial and biomedical ultrasound cavitation and sonochemistry. This ambitious overall programme will take a systematic approach towards understanding ultrasound cavitation better using a combination of experiments and simulations.

The ITN includes academic and non-academic partners from the EU, Switzerland and Singapore, and beneficiaries and partners from medical/biomedical fields.  

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship (aka Early Stage Researcher or ESR position). The first 3 years are EU funded and the 4th year is funded by the ICR. The preferred state date for the projects is June 2019.

The proposed work will provide a unique training opportunity for the student who will gain knowledge, skills and expertise through state-of-the-art experimental and simulation methods, alongside gaining experience at the premises of internationally renowned universities, biomedical research institutes and industry, and core studies at their host institution.

The therapeutic ultrasound team at the ICR has a world-leading reputation as a result of its extensive experience in developing and implementing ultrasound based therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment. Most recently, we have been looking at a therapeutic approach that exploits ultrasound cavitation using pulsed exposures, often referred to as histotripsy.

The two PhD projects are listed below with details of the supervisory team and project site.

Details of how to apply are linked at the end of the project list. (Note that these two projects are separate from our main PhD recruitment round, and have a separate application process).


1. Development of clinically relevant acousto-thermal tissue mimics (ESR7)

View project proposal


2.  Development of therapeutic ultrasound applications based on acoustic cavitation (ESR8)

View project proposal


Eligibility and application information

Please note that special conditions apply as per Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations.  

Applicants must:

  • be able to demonstrate that they have spent fewer than 12 months working in the UK in the last 3 years, and
  • should have a minimum of a BSc, but preferably an MSc, in a relevant physical science or engineering subject, and
  • be able to demonstrate strong experimental and mathematical modelling capabilities.

If you wish to apply, please do so via:


(ICR projects are listed as ESR7 and ESR8)


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