CCC non-clinical PhD studentships 2016

Applications for 2016 are now closed

Information for student applicants

The Cambridge Cancer Centre is a dynamic collaboration of academic researchers, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries based in the Cambridge area. We combine world-class science and technology with excellent patient care to pioneer new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. By working together across different disciplines, we are breaking down the barriers between the laboratory and the clinic, enabling patients to benefit from the latest innovations in cancer science.

To encourage this interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to cancer research, the Cambridge Cancer Centre is offering an exciting range of 8 PhD studentships for 2016. These projects cover diverse areas of study ranging from cancer biology, chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology to physics, mathematical modelling and bio-engineering.

The Cambridge Cancer Centre PhD studentships include full funding for the University Composition Fee (at Home/EU rate), a travel and consumables budget and a stipend, currently  £19,000 per annum. In addition, the Cambridge Cancer Centre and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust provide joint funding for one overseas PhD student each academic year.

The Cambridge Cancer Centre PhD studentship programme reflects the unique collaborations between diverse members of the Centre, with most projects being jointly supervised by investigators from different departments and institutes. By being part of the Cambridge Cancer Centre, students will also have the opportunity to attend a number of lecture series, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between different disciplines and across different departments and institutes.

We invite applications from UK, EU and non-EU students. Please ensure you meet the entrance requirements and follow the application process detailed below. You must submit your CCC PhD application form to the relevant contact name for each listed project by the application deadline of 30 November 2015.

Successful applicants will be invited for interview in the week commencing 11 January 2016.

PhD projects for 2016

Each of the project titles below links to a pdf giving an outline of the project. The Lead Investigator for the project is listed first, followed by the Co-Investigator(s), with their departmental or institute affliations.

Epithelial cell dynamics during postnatal growth; relevance for oesophageal cancer development
Maria P. Alcolea, Wellcome Trust/Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute
Benjamin D Simons, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics and Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Hayley Woffendin, Graduate Administrator, Department of Oncology  

Pre-metastatic niche: vascular and immune compliance with invasive and metastatic breast cancer
Cristina Branco, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Christine Watson, Department of Pathology
Randall Johnson, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Cristina Branco 

Development of novel methods to image leukocyte infiltration within tumours as a biomarker of immune checkpoint inhibition
Ferdia Gallagher, Department of Radiology
Edwin Chilvers, Department of Medicine
Klaus Okkenhaug, Babraham Institute
Pippa Corrie, Department of Oncology

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Ferdia Gallagher 

Consequences of centrosome amplification in p53 null and Kras positive pancreatic organoids
David Glover, Department of Genetics
Meritxell Huch, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Applications for this project must be sent to Prof David Glover 

Genomic and genetic approaches for the identification of TNBC genes
Walid Khaled, Department of Pharmacology
David Adams, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
John Marioni, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Walid Khaled 

Dynamics of Neural Stem Cell Fate Decision and Proliferation in a 3D Human Brain Model System
Madeline Lancaster, Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Benjamin Simons, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics and Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Madeline Lancaster 

Characterising the alterations of haematopoietic stem cell niches and their functional implications in B cell malignancies
Ingo Ringshausen, Department of Haematology
Elisa Laurenti, Wellcome Trust/Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute
Clive D'Santos, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Ingo Ringshausen 

New synergies between magnetic hyperthermia and drug delivery for cancer therapy
Andrew Wheatley, Department of Chemistry
David Fairen-Jimenez, Department of Chemical Engineering

Applications for this project must be sent to Dr Andrew Wheatley 

Entrance requirements

We invite applications from UK, EU and non-EU students. 

Competition for admission to our graduate programme is intense and we require all our graduate entrants to meet the following requirements:

Academic
Already have, or expect to gain at least a 2i honours degree or an equivalent standard from an overseas university in a relevant subject. Please see the University of Cambridge Graduate Admission’s website in order to check the equivalence guidelines for qualifications in non-UK countries.

English language
Demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. The University requires all applicants who are non-UK nationals to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. Adherence to this requirement is strict. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject.

Whether or not you will need to take a language test will depend on a number of conditions; please see the University of Cambridge Graduate Admission’s website to check whether you will be required to take a language test.

Funding

Cambridge Cancer Centre PhD Studentships include full funding for the University Composition Fee (at Home/EU rate), a travel and consumables budget, and a stipend, currently £19,000 per annum.

How to apply

To apply for a Cambridge Cancer Centre PhD studentship, you will need to complete the following steps:

Step 1. Check that you meet the entrance requirements requirements:
You must already have or expect to gain at least a 2i honours degree or an equivalent standard from an overseas university in a relevant subject and fulfil the University’s English language conditions.

Step 2. Complete a CCC PhD Studentship application form:
The application form includes the following sections, all of which must be completed:
• Project selection
• Statement of interest 
• CV
• Contact details for two academic referees

You can download the CCC PhD Studentship Application Form here CCC PhD application form word document.

Step 3. Submit your application:
Save your CCC PhD Studentship application form as a PDF file entitled: Surname_Forename.pdf and submit to the named contact for the studentship project you are applying for by 30 November 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Interview and selection process

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by 31 December 2015.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day of interviews at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute in the week commencing 11 January 2015. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed.

You will be interviewed by the Lead Investigator for your selected project and a member of the Cambridge Cancer Centre Non-clinical PhD Studentship Committee. You will also be given the opportunity to visit the relevant department(s) or institute(s) for your selected project.

Following your interview you will be informed of the outcome via email.

If you are successful in securing a CCC PhD Studentship, you will receive a letter of offer informing you that you will now need to apply for admission as a PhD student to the University of Cambridge. PhD applications are made using an online Graduate Student Application Form (GRADSAF) and all relevant application details will be provided in the letter of offer. Full information about how to apply for a PhD place at the University can be found on the University’s Graduate Admissions website.

If you have general enquiries about the CCC non-clinical PhD studentships or the application process, please contact admin@cambridgecancercentre.org.uk.