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North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre – University of Liverpool

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 three full-funded PhD projects are available for commencing October 2019.

  1. Defining and drugging the role of BAP1-mutation in the invasive behaviour of mesothelioma and uveal melanoma.
    Supervisor: Prof Judy Coulson (University of Liverpool)
    [email protected]
  2. How is the immune system alerted to persistent replication stress and DNA damage in keratinocytes during immunosurveillance against cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma?
    Supervisor: Dr Leonie Unterholzner (Lancaster University) [email protected]
    or Dr Lucy Jackson-Jones [email protected]
  3. Cancer Proteomics: Deciphering the cellular targets of clinical protein kinase inhibitors Supervisor: Prof Pat Eyers (University of Liverpool) [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 three students with three year studentships (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


Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should be recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have to get a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent, and have laboratory or research experience (either as part of or outside of a university degree course). 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 interview will be covered but candidates from non-EU countries are required to pay their own travel expenses.

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], they will be academic/industry lab heads that have direct experience of your research capabilities. Please indicate which project(s) you are interested in being considered for. For general application enquires please contact Debbie Horne, NWCR-UoL Centre Administrator.

Closing date: Midnight, Friday 7th December 2018.

Note that interviews are to be scheduled for the second half of January 2019.

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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