The Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM) is a multi-disciplinary centre established by the University of Cambridge in 2020 to develop pioneering AI machine learning (ML) technologies that will transform biomedical science, medicine and healthcare.
As an elite group nested in a world-class university, CCAIM presents an extraordinary opportunity for PhD students to make a big impact in a cutting-edge field. If you fit our criteria, we encourage you to apply - wherever you are in the world.
With seven fully-funded PhD studentships available, this is our call to the best and brightest minds to join us in pushing back the frontiers of healthcare-focused ML and bioscience. Please read this advert carefully and note the stages of the process before taking any action.
What does CCAIM offer?
Co-supervision: Candidates will have not one but two dedicated supervisors, drawn from different disciplines, with the additional possibility of input from industry. As you may appreciate, true co-supervision is a luxury in PhD studentships, but it is foundational to our ways of thinking and working.
Future prospects: When you graduate, you will be able to write your own ticket. Alumni of the van der Schaar Lab, for example, have become leaders in their fields, some continuing to full professorships and others joining top private-sector teams including Google, Intel, and Apple.
Funding: Our studentships are fully funded for four years, through the generous support of our industry partners, AstraZeneca and GSK. This funding covers UK/international University of Cambridge fees in addition to living costs (stipend).
What are we looking for?
We are seeking the brightest minds in the world. At the very least you should hold (or be predicted to achieve) the equivalent of a first-class undergraduate degree with honours at a world-class academic institution. Note that your supervisors will work with you, providing private tuition customised to develop the additional skills that you need while also building on your strengths. As such, if you are stronger in quantitative skills and less so in bioscience (or vice versa), we still encourage you to apply.
We are looking for two distinct types of candidates, both requiring a very particular set of skills:
1) Candidates with quantitative skills, developed during a degree in a quantitative subject such as engineering, computer science, or mathematics (experience in ML is a distinct plus). As such, you will be pushing to achieve breakthroughs in ML, which will ultimately enable cascading breakthroughs in bioscience and healthcare.
2) Candidates with prowess in bioscience - with a strong quantitative aspect - developed during a degree in a subject such as biophysics, microbiology, cell or molecular biology, computational biology, or genetics. As such, you will be pushing to achieve breakthroughs in bioscience and healthcare, powered by bespoke ML methods.
Application process - please read carefully!
This is a rolling application process, and when the seven PhD studentships are allocated and confirmed, recruitment will close.
The Centre is now accepting initial applications:
Initial Application Deadline: 1 April 2022 at 11:59pm GMT.
To make an initial application, please first fill out the form on the CCAIM website (https://ccaim.cam.ac.uk/phd-programmes/) and we will contact you in due course. We will arrange interviews with selected candidates. After interviews, we will make our final choices and then we will make conditional offers of funding to those successful candidates. These offers of funding are conditional on the candidate being officially accepted as an eligible PhD candidate by the University of Cambridge. In practical terms, this means that after our conditional offers are made, those successful candidates will then be asked to apply via the formal University of Cambridge Applicant Portal.
To be clear, you can make a formal application at any time, through the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal. But we would prefer it if you would express your interest first through the CCAIM website's initial application form. We will inform you later in the process if you subsequently need to make a formal application.
The absolute deadline for formal applications is 16 May 2022.
Each of our studentships will be based in one of several University of Cambridge schools, including the:
- School of Clinical Medicine
- School of Physical Sciences
- School of Technology
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences, or
- Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge (PhD studentships at the Sanger will be administered through the University of Cambridge).
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.
The Centre's funding will cover home or international tuition fees, research costs and an annual tax-free stipend of £17,750 for four years full-time.
Further information on PhD programmes can be found on our website: https://ccaim.cam.ac.uk/phd-programmes/.
If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact our Centre Coordinator, Femke Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please quote reference LE28981 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.