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March Recruitment Round – Closed

Applications for our March PhD recruitment round opened on Thursday 5 March 2020.

For CRUK and CRUK Accelerator award funded studentships.

The March Recruitment Round has now closed.

Candidates may be contacted by recruiting supervisors before the application deadline.

Applications for PhDs are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates. Candidates should hold, or, expect to gain either;

  • A first, or, upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
  • A masters degree in a relevant subject.

Successful candidates will undertake a four-year research training programme under the guidance of a supervisory team of our world-class researchers, starting in October 2020. Students receive an annual stipend, currently £21,000 per annum, as well as having fees and project costs paid for the four-year duration.

We are recruiting for six projects. These are listed below by relevant funding body with details of the supervisory team and project site(s). Please review the project proposals for a detailed look at the work involved in each project, any specific focus or training experience provided, and the background(s) suited to application.

Details of how to apply are explained at the end of the project list at the bottom of this page.

Important dates:

  • Applications for our March PhD recruitment round opened on Thursday 5 March 2020 and have now closed.
  • Please see individual projects for application deadlines. 
  • Interview dates for applicants have been originally scheduled for May 2020 but are liable to change. Any changes will be confirmed in the near future.

 

UBIMOTIF MSCA H2020 Innovative Training Network studentship funded by the European Commission 

The UBIMOTIF consortium includes 13 research groups and 6 partners from 10 European countries and is a joint training and research program with focus on identification, characterisation and exploitation of short linear motifs in the ubiquitin system.

Visit the UBIMOTIF website for more information.

The studentship will require a considerable amount of travelling including participation in meetings and workshops and completion of two 3 month secondments outside the host laboratory (at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and the IMB Mainz, Germany). Therefore, a requirement is the willingness to travel and stay abroad.

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria:

  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account. The earliest possible recruitment date is likely to be after July 2020.
  • Early Stage Researcher (ESR) criteria: ESRs must, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).
  • You will only be considered for the position if you fulfil (and can prove so) the eligibility criteria.

Candidates must also meet the ICR's English language criteria.

The position is funded for four years. For the first three years, the selected candidate will receive a MSCA H2020 ETN salary of €5,171/month consisting of a monthly living allowance of €4,571 and a monthly mobility allowance of €600.

An additional €500/month is available if the participant is eligible for the family allowance at time of recruitment (see details here). The exact salary will be calculated in GBP. The 4th year of the PhD will be covered by an ICR-funded stipend and resources at ICR rates (currently £21,000 per annum). 

 

PROJECT: In-silico discovery of the degrons and the degron-mediated recruitment modules of the human Ubiquitin E3 Ligase system

  • Application dashboard recruitment round: UBIMOTIF 2020
  • Application menu title: In-silico investigation of the human Ubiquitin E3 Ligase system
  • Project reference: UB20-33

  • Primary supervisor: Dr Norman Davey
  • Other members of the supervisory team: Professor Ylva Ivarsson, additional to be decided. 
  • Primary division and team: Cancer BiologyComputational Pathology (Chelsea)
  • Project area(s): Computer Science
  • Application deadline: Friday May 8 2020 11:55pm UK time. References received by May 15.  
  • Interview Dates: Expected to be in late May, dates to be confirmed
  • Start date: Before October 2020

View project proposal


 

Cancer Research UK Centre and ICR funded studentships 

The Cancer Research UK Centre is a strategic partnership between Cancer Research UK, the ICR and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust which aims to enhance translational research.

These studentships are open to all applicants (including overseas). Please read our entry requirements for further eligibility information.

PROJECT: Translational studies of the immune environment in newly diagnosed bladder cancer and changes induced by treatment

View project proposal

 

 


 

PROJECT: Understanding the homeostatic response to DNA repair inhibitors in breast cancer 

View project proposal

 


 

PROJECT: Winners versus Losers: Harnessing Cell Competition to kill tumour cells

  • Application dashboard recruitment round: March 2020
  • Application menu title: Harnessing Cell Competition to kill tumour cells
  • Project reference: MC20-37

  • Primary supervisor: Professor Pascal Meier
  • Other members of the supervisory team: To be decided
  • Primary division and teamBreast Cancer ResearchCell Death and Immunity (Chelsea)
  • Project area(s): Biological Sciences
  • Application deadline: Friday May 1 2020 11:55pm UK time. References received by May 8. 

View project proposal

 


Cancer Research UK Accelerator award and ICR funded studentships 

The Cancer Research UK Accelerator Award funds cross-institutional collaboration in translational research.

These studentships are open to all applicants (including overseas). Please read our entry requirements for further eligibility information.

PROJECT: Tumour evolution in super-resolution: Developing new Artificial Intelligence based methods to analyse 4D imaging data of tumour communities

  • Application dashboard recruitment round: March 2020
  • Application menu title: Artificial Intelligence based methods to analyse 4D imaging data of tumour communities
  •  Project reference: MC20-38

  • Primary supervisor: Professor Chris Bakal
  • Other members of the supervisory team: Dr Chris Dunsby
  • Primary division and team: Cancer Biology, Dynamical Cell Systems (Chelsea)
  • Project area(s): Computer Science
  • Application deadline: Friday May 1 2020 11:55pm UK time. References received by May 8. 

View Project Proposal

 


 

PROJECT: Leveraging state-of-the-art methods in Artificial Intelligence and medical imaging for automated response evaluation and prediction of soft-tissue sarcomas to systemic treatment. 

  • Application dashboard recruitment round: March 2020
  • Application menu title: AI and imaging for evaluation of soft-tissue sarcoma to treatment
  • Project reference: MC20-38

  • Primary supervisor: Dr Matthew Blackledge
  • Other members of the supervisory teamDr Christina MessiouDr Paul Huang
  • Primary division and team: Radiotherapy and Imaging, Computational Imaging (Sutton)
  • Project area(s): Physics/Engineering, Maths/Statistics/Epidemiology, Computer Science
  • Application deadline: Friday May 1 2020 11:55pm UK time. References received by May 8. 

View project proposal

 



Eligibility and application information

In addition to our general entry requirements, further eligibility criteria may apply to specific programmes and projects. Please ensure to read the information provided by the funding body and also the project proposals. We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff and students.

Please ensure that you read the following application instructions carefully:

How to apply

Applications for our main round of PhD studentships are made online via the ICR's Student Application Portal.

Out of the two projects above, you will be asked to indicate up to two project preferences.

Important dates:

  • Applications for our March PhD recruitment round open on Thursday 5 March 2020
  • The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 11.55pm UK time on 1 May 2020 for CRUK and CRUK accelerator award funded studentships and May 8 2020 for the UBIMOTIF studentship.
  •  The previous deadline was 3 April 2020.  
  • Candidates may be contacted by recruiting supervisors before the application deadline. 
  • Interview dates for applicants have been originally scheduled for late April or early May 2020 but are liable to change. Any changes will be confirmed in the near future.

Previously advertised studentships

The deadline for applications for this project was 12 March 2020

PROJECT: Development of daily automated treatment adaptation for MRI guided radiotherapy of Head and Neck Cancer patients. Professor Uwe OelfkeRadiotherapy and Imaging, Radiotherapy Physics Modelling

The deadline for applications for these projects was 7 December 2019. 

PROJECT: In silico discovery of the degrons and the degron-mediated recruitment modules of the human Ubiquitin E3 Ligase system 
Dr Norman Davey. Cancer BiologyComputational Pathology (Chelsea)
View project proposal 

PROJECT: Deep learning the chemopreventive action of NSAIDs in Barrett’s oesophagus. 
Dr Yinyin YuanMolecular PathologyComputational Pathology (Sutton)
View project proposal

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD recruitment round have opened. We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. The deadline for applications is 17 November.

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