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CRUK Studentship - Jodrell

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 Duncan Jodrell (DJ) and Dr Fran Richards are seeking a student to work on Novel combination approaches for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Project details - The Pharmacology and Drug Development Group (PDDG) in the CRUK Cambridge Institute aims to develop improved therapeutic approaches for the treatment of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), which is one of the most lethal human cancers and a priority cancer for the Cambridge Cancer Centre. A major reason for the poor prognosis associated with this disease is the ineffectiveness of therapies available for patients with advanced disease. It has been suggested that this is due to the dense fibrotic stroma in PDAC, which appears to direct effects on the chemosensitivity of tumour cells and also suppress anti-tumour immune responses.

The CRUK CI and Pancreatic Cancer UK are offering a PhD studentship aimed at investigating novel therapeutic strategies that target the complex pancreatic tumour microenvironment as well as the tumour cells, either acting independently to inhibit tumour growth or enhancing the effectiveness of existing therapies (e.g. chemotherapy and radiotherapy).

Preferred skills/knowledge - The successful applicant is likely to hold a top class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and/or a Masters degree from a prestigious university. Some relevant hands-on experimental research experience is preferred, which may have been obtained during undergraduate degree projects, a Masters' degree or summer internships. Applicants should have the ability to work independently while accepting advice and supervision, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team. The successful applicant will enjoy working in a competitive environment and will show evidence of a commitment to cancer research.

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 SW13449 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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