The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, a department of the University of Cambridge hosts research ranging from basic cancer and computational biology through to translational research and clinical application. Postgraduate students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of our research programmes and the Institute provides an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding cancer research scientists of the future.
Professor Carlos Caldas (CC) is seeking a student to work on Innate immunity to human breast cancer explants.
Project details - The Caldas laboratory has developed a large collection of human breast cancer xenotransplants in NSG mice. These mice lack adaptive immunity but have a partially functioning innate immunity system. Recently, the laboratory has found evidence that this innate immune system is somehow responding to the human xenotransplant. The aim of the PhD project is to characterise in detail this innate immune response.
Preferred skills/knowledge - Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree and a genuine interest in working on this project. They should be highly motivated to drive their project to a successful conclusion. They should be capable of independent thought and have excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively.
Funding - This studentship is funded by Cancer Research UK and includes full funding for University and College fees and in addition, a stipend of £19,000 per annum, initially for 3 years, with funding for a further year possible as required.
How to apply - Please follow the instructions on the following webpage: (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvcrpdmsc/apply)
Notes on completing the application form - Course start date: 01 October 2018.
Completing the 'Research section' - In the 'Research Title' textbox, if you are only applying for consideration by one supervisor, insert their project title. If you wish your application to be considered by more than one, insert 'Cancer research'.
If you are applying for consideration by more than one supervisor, in the 'Research Summary' textbox, please insert the project title(s) being offered by the Supervisor(s) you wish to consider your application. Also in the 'Research Supervisor' textbox please insert the initials of the Supervisor(s) you wish to consider your application. Please also describe your research experience in the appropriate textbox.
Completing the 'Finance' section - We know that you are applying for a Cancer Research UK Studentship. If you have not already applied for other source(s) of funding, please tick 'no'. Then please tick 'yes' to be considered for Cambridge scholarships, and you will be considered for these in addition to a Cancer Research UK Studentship. You are not eligible for AHRC funding.
Course Specific Questions - Please add a Covering Letter as the last two pages of your CV. Your Covering Letter should explain why you wish to be considered for the studentship and describe the qualities and experience you would bring to the role. You will be asked to upload your CV (under Course Specific Questions).
Eligibility - No nationality restrictions apply to this Cancer Research UK funded studentship. Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from any recognised university worldwide.
Please quote reference SW13444 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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