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CRUK Studentship - Halim

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 Tim Halim (TH) is seeking a student to work on The role of innate lymphoid cells in cancer.

This project aims to delineate the fundamental mechanisms that regulate "good" versus "bad" inflammation in cancer. This understanding is critical for both treatment and prevention. This aim will be achieved through cutting-edge immunology techniques and reagents, which span from in vitro tumour-killing assays to monitoring the effect of ILC on tumour development by in vivo live imaging. A specific focus of this project will be on understanding the regulatory pathways that govern immune-cell activation, with the expectation to discover drugable targets that modulate the tumour immune response. This work will pioneer a new area of cancer immunology research, and will ultimately provide important new drug targets in patients.

Preferred skills/knowledge - The research project will involve the use of in vivo models, culture and genetic manipulation of primary immune cells, live cell imaging approaches, molecular biology, flow cytometry as well as basic cell biology and biochemistry. The ideal candidate requires a background in immunology, and would already have experience in one or more of the previously mentioned areas, and would be highly motivated to drive an independent research project. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with other team members, have excellent record keeping habits, organisational and time management skills, and a proactive nature.

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 SW13448 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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