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PhD Studentships of the ‘North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre

PhD Studentships of the ‘North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre

The NWCR Centre comprises a network research groups from across the NW of England who work on basic and translational aspects of cancer biology.

The following fully-funded PhD project is available for commencing October 2020:

Augmenting the tumour cell immune response through destabilisation of PD-L1
Supervisors: Prof Michael Clague [email protected] and Prof. Sylvie Urbe [email protected]

Research environment

This is a combined program supported by NWCR and the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor. We have considerable experience in providing high quality Ph.D. training based on the exceptionally strong research expertise within the Centre. Work at the NWCR Centre is supported by international centres of excellence, including the: NWCR Institute - University of Bangor, Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster University, MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, Centre for Genomic Research, Centre for Preclinical Imaging, LBIH Biobank, Instrumentation available through the Technology Directorate, UoL.

Eligibility and funding

The NWCR Centre will support a student with a three year studentship (currently starting at £19,000 per annum, tax free), course fees (home/EU rate), travel and research funds. Applicants must have (or be predicted to obtain) the equivalent of a first or upper second class degree in a relevant subject. UK and EU students are eligible.


Research Groups

  1. Michael Clague
  2. Sylvie Urbé

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should be recent graduates or final year undergraduates (UK or EU) who have a good honours degree or equivalent. Some laboratory or research experience (either as part of or outside of a university degree course) is desirable. All applicants must satisfy the appropriate University English language requirements (IELTS score of 6.5). You will be expected to be able to work both in a team and independently and develop expertise in new areas as required.

Travel expenses for the interview will be covered.

How to Apply

To apply please send a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae and the name, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees to [email protected] Ideally, they will be academic/industry lab heads that have direct experience of your research capabilities.

For general application enquires please contact Debbie Horne, NWCR-UoL Centre Administrator.

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Wednesday 18th December 2019

Note that interviews are to be scheduled for the week commencing 27th January 2020. Travel expenses for the interview will be covered by the NWCR Centre.

Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, it is not possible for acknowledgements to be provided for each application.

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