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CRUK Major Centre PhD projects

 

Our PhD programmes are highly competitive. We seek motivated students looking to develop further experience in oncology and have the drive and ambition to transalte novel research into patient benefit.

Within the Centre, we offer:

  • Non-Clinical PhD Studentships for recent graduates to undertake an exciting PhD programme, funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre, or CRUK RadNet Manchester.
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships for clinicians looking to undertake full-time research training. This includes collaborative CRTFs with the University of Leeds centred on clinical trials or academic pathology.
  • MB-PhDs for University of Manchester MB-ChB student to gain an integrated cancer sciences PhD within their clinical training.
  • Allied Health Professional Research Radiographer PhDs, funded by CRUK RadNet Manchester

Prior to beginning an application, interested applicants should check the following:

Follow these link to find the last opportunities for:

 


Non-Clinical PhD Studentship Opportunities 

Opportunities for our Non-Clinical PhD Studentships are now open, please find a list of projects below. 

For our CRUK Manchester Centre PhD schemes, formal applications should be submitted via The University of Manchester application portal, this will include adding your CV, name and contact details for referees and a personal statement (1000 words max). Please also comment on your suitability for the post, giving an overview of your relevant experience and training.

Interviews for our Centre-funded Non-Clincial Studentships were held on the 8th of January 2021

Interviews for RadNet-funded positions will be held on the 2nd March 2021.

Projects available for applications are listed below.

 


Clinical Research Training Fellowship Opportunities 

Opportunities for our Clincial Research Training Fellowships are now closed. Further opportunities available with a start date of October 2021 available through the Centre will be advertised below.

For our CRUK Major Centre PhD schemes, formal applications should be submitted via The University of Manchester application portal, this will include adding your CV, name and contact details for referees and a personal statement (1000 words max). Please also comment on your suitability for the post, giving an overview of your relevant experience and training.

 

 


MB-PhD projects

Applications for our MB-PhD training schemes are now open.

The deadline for applications for our MB-PhD projects is the 23rd April 2021.

Before submitting you application make sure you have read the MB-PhD Application Guidance document (PDF, 346KB) that details eligibility, funding and timelines for projects. Projects available for applications are listed below.

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Using AI for risk prediction and early detection of breast cancer
Primary Supervisor: Professor Sue Astley
Additional Supervisors: Dr Sacha Howell, Dr Yit Yoong Lim and Dr Martin Fergie
Duration: 3 years
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Mapping the transcriptional repressive enviornment of oesophageal adenocarcinoma: implications for oncogenic signalling outcomes
Primary Supervisor: Professor Andy Sharrocks
Additional Supervisors: Professor Ang Yeng and Dr Was Mansoor
Duration: 3 years
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Novel therapeutic strategies for ovarian cancer
Primary Supervisor: Professor Stephen Taylor
Additional Supervisors: Dr Natalie Cook, Dr Richard Unwin and Dr Anthony Tighe
Duration: 3 years
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Deciphering evolution of small cell lung cancer from diagnosis to post chemotherapy disease progression: a search for new drug targets
Primary Supervisor: Professor Caroline Dive, CBE
Additional Supervisors: Professor Fiona Blackhall, Dr Kris Frese and Dr Alistair Kerr
Duration: 4 years (or 3 years in exception circumstances)
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Investigation of the pro-tumour microenvironment of CNS (brain and leptomeningeal) metastasis in secondary breast cancer
Primary Supervisor: Professor Robert Clarke
Additional Supervisors: Dr Ciara O'Brien and Professor Frederico Roncaroli
Duration: 3 years
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Understanding resistance to preventative tamoxifen therapy in women at high risk of breast cancer
Primary Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gilmore
Additional Supervisors: Dr Sacha Howell and Dr Joe Swift
Duration: 3 years
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

 

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award Funded - MB-PhD
Project Title: Microenvironmental regulation of malignant blood clones in myelofibrosis
Primary Supervisor: Professor Tim Somervaille
Additional Supervisors: Dr Claus Jørgensen
Duration: 4 years (or 3 years in exceptional circumstances)
Expected Start Date: 1st October 2021
Find out more information about the project here

If you have any queries with this process, please contact Dr Georgina Binnie at mcrctraining@manchester.ac.uk.


 

Allied Health Professional Research Radiographer PhDs

Thanks to funding from CRUK Manchester RadNet, we now offer three-year, high-quality research projects supervised by core members of the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Academic Hub, colleagues from the Radiotherapy Related Research (RRR) group and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC). These include an appropriate salary match, PhD fees at the UK rate and running costs/consumables. Queries can be directed to Cynthia Eccles, Head of Radiotherapy Research and Development at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust: cynthia.eccles1@nhs.net.  

Applications are now closed, and interviews for the AHP position will be held on the 2nd March 2021.