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CRUK Studentship - Bohndiek

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 Sarah Bohndiek is seeking a student to work on Optical imaging of the tumour microenvironment for early cancer diagnosis.

Project details: The VISIONLab at the University of Cambridge develops novel imaging approaches for early cancer detection and evaluation of disease prognosis. Our imaging innovations arise primarily from low cost optics and photonics technologies that can be widely used in patients. We also apply these innovations in different cancer models to explore the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer development and evaluate our ability to use imaging signatures of the microenvironment to determine disease prognosis.

We are now seeking to take several of our novel optical imaging modalities forward from basic science into active clinical trials. This requires a significant multidisciplinary effort including: hardware and software development; in vivo imaging; as well as technical and biological validation of the imaging signals using ex vivo gold standard methods. As a result, we will consider PhD applications for study commencing October 2018 from candidates with any scientific discipline of undergraduate study.

For up to date information about the research group, including our most recent publications, please see our website ( or find us on social media. If you have any informal questions before applying, please contact Dr Sarah Bohndiek directly (

Preferred skills/knowledge: The successful candidate will need to work effectively within our multidisciplinary laboratory and liaise with a range of biological and clinical collaborators. They will require: excellent oral and written communication skills; strong team working skills; an ability to take initiative to solve problems; strong motivation in driving projects forward; and a significant critical thinking capability. Examples of any past experience that demonstrates these characteristics should be highlighted in the cover letter that accompanies any application. Candidates with previous experience of in vivo imaging or biomedical optics, for example during a Masters or Diploma degree, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from any recognised university worldwide.

Deadline for application submission: 12 noon, 30 November 2017

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 SW13728 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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