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PhD studentship projects 2021

Applications are now open for one studentship to start as soon as possible. There are two projects advertised, but only one studentship available. Tuition fees, an annual stipend and project costs will be paid for 3.5 years rather than our standard 4 years.

Programme details

We invite applications for PhDs from talented graduates or final year undergraduates. Candidates are welcome to apply wherever in the world they are currently based. We particularly welcome British applicants from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are underrepresented at PhD level, both within the ICR and nationwide. 

We will assess your application and interview performance to select individuals with the potential to become world leading cancer researchers. We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff and students.

Entry requirements

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2021.

Interviews date tbc.

Projects available

Project 1: Incorporating Patient-reported Outcomes (PROs) in Early Phase Dose-finding Cancer Trials

Project 2: Statistical Issues in Design and Analysis of Platform Trials in Cancer

Professor Christina Yap 

ICR-CTSU Early Phase and Adaptive TrialsDivision of Clinical Studies, Sutton

View the full project proposals


Previously advertised studentships

Professor Jeff Bamber and Dr Lucia Florescu: Photoacoustic imaging for the optimisation of CAR T-cell cancer therapy of soft-tissue tumours: Reporter-gene Studies

Ultrasound and Optical Imaging Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging Sir Richard Doll Building, Sutton, in collaboration with the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey


Professor Jeff Bamber and Dr Lucia Florescu: Photoacoustic imaging for the optimisation of CAR T-cell cancer therapy of soft-tissue tumours:  Metrology and system development 

Ultrasound and Optical Imaging Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging Sir Richard Doll Building, Sutton, in collaboration with the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey


Professor Clare Turnbull: Understanding pathogenicity of germline variation in cancer susceptibility genes from hallmarks of tumorigenesis

Translational Genetics Division of Genetics and Epidemiology Sir Richard Doll Building, Sutton