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PhDs for science graduates

 We currently have the following two PhD Projects available:


Deciphering high-risk multiple myeloma

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Read our Application Information page to see full eligibility criteria and apply here

  • The closing date is 9th January 2018.
  • Applicants should be available for interview on 29 and 30 January 2018.


Studying composition of autophagosomes in human tumours

The ICR is pleased to offer a jointly (European Commission/ICR) sponsored PhD position on studying the role of selective autophagy in cancer. This position is part of the EU-wide DRIVE (Driving Next Generation Autophagy Researchers Towards Translation) consortium, which encompasses 15 PhD positions in translational research on autophagy.  Find out more about driving next generation autophagy researchers towards translation.

  • Primary supervisor: Dr Vladimir Kirkin
  • Project: Studying composition of autophagosomes in human tumours

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For this project all applications must be made on the DRIVE home page.

The closing date is 9th January 2018.

Applicants should be available for interview on 29 and 30 January 2018.

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Each year at the ICR we offer around 20 fully funded PhD studentships.

Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years, and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as Cancer Research UK, industrial partners and other charities.

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.

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

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.

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

Availability and application

Our main round of recruitment for studentships commencing in October 2018 is now closed.

The next main round of recruitment will commence in November 2018 but, in addition to the two projects mentioned above, there may be further individual studentships advertised during the year. To register your interest for any future PhD studentship opportunities please email [email protected].

For applicants who applied to the main round of recruitment

Applicants who applied for studentships commencing in October 2018 by the closing date of Monday 20 November 2017 can find out the next steps and dates for references, the recruitment event and interviews. You can also access information on these projects on the following pages:

View the full list of projects
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