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MRes + PhD in Cancer Biology Studentships x 5, Cancer Reasearch UK Cambridge Centre

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre is launching a new fully-funded innovative 4 year MRes + PhD programme in 2018 designed to give students a broad understanding of both the basic biology and the clinical management of the whole spectrum of malignant disease. The course also allows students to develop their own skills in experimental science as well as in project design and management.

The CRUK Cambridge Centre is a dynamic collaboration of academic researchers, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries based in the Cambridge area. By being part of the Centre, students will have the opportunity to attend a number of lecture series, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between complementary disciplines and across different departments and institutes.

The first year MRes degree comprises two research rotations, a weekly Biology Lectures in Cancer series together with a week of intensive teaching in genomic medicine, and a one- to two-week placement in a patient-facing setting. The placement will enable insight into the rewards and challenges of cancer research and development of diagnostics and treatments. Project write-ups and development of a PhD proposal are also integral to the programme.

Successful completion of the one-year MRes programme will lead directly on to a three-year PhD (with a potential further fourth year of funding for completion and writing up), usually in one of the rotation project host laboratories, which will allow in-depth study of a particular area of cancer biology.

Students will choose one of the following CRUK Cambridge Centre Programmes, within which they will undertake their MRes rotation projects and PhD research:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology Programme
  • Early Detection Programme
  • Haematological Cancers Programme
  • Neurobiology and Brain Cancers / Paediatric Cancers Programme
  • Urological Malignancies Programme

For further information and eligibility to apply please visit Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre

Applications must be made online through the Graduate Admissions website

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview wc 22 January 2018. You will be interviewed by a panel of Principal Investigators from the CRUK Cambridge Centre and you will be given the opportunity to visit the relevant department(s) or institute(s) for your selected project. We strongly encourage informal interaction between short-listed candidates and the Principal Investigators and their laboratories before the formal interview.

Award of the Fellowship is dependent on the successful applicant obtaining an offer of admission as a PhD student to the University of Cambridge.

Informal enquiries can be sent to

Please ensure that you upload a CV and statement of interest (this should include your first and second choice of PhD project from those offer, as well as confirming your eligibility to practice) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 November 2017.

Fellowships are usually expected to start on 01 October 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires an Honorary Clinical Contract.

Please quote reference RA13578 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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