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CRUK Studentship - Gergely

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.

Dr Fanni Gergely (FG) is seeking a student to work on Tissue-specific functions of new centrosome components.

Our group studies how cytoskeletal abnormalities lead to human diseases with a special focus at centrosomes and the microtubule cytoskeleton. Mutations in centrosomal genes cause congenital developmental disorders like microcephaly and dwarfism. Cancer cells exhibit a range of centrosome abnormalities from structural to numerical aberrancies, but how and why these arise are not well understood. The primary interest of our laboratory is to elucidate the link between centrosome dysfunction and disease. This PhD project will contribute to this overall goal by elucidating the role of new centrosome components using genetic, molecular and cell biology tools in cell and animal models.

Preferred skills/knowledge - Applicants should have a strong academic background in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology. They should be creative and enjoy independent thinking. The successful candidate is likely to have more than 6 months of relevant laboratory experience.

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.

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.

How to apply - Please follow the instructions on the following webpage: (

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).

Please quote reference SW13447 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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