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

‘Doctoral Training Program (DTP)’ of the ‘North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre – University of Liverpool’

Three Individual 4 -Year (1+3 year) Studentships

Institution: University of Liverpool - Institute of Translational Medicine
Department: Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine
Location: One or more of the University research facilities at Liverpool, Bangor and Lancaster
Application deadline: 24th January 2016
Funding Availability: £19,000 pa – stipend plus home/EU fees over 4 years
Eligibility: Home/EU applicants only

Project Details

The 'NWCR Centre – Univ. of Liverpool' is pleased to announce a DTP comprising of three individual 4 -Year (1+3 year) Studentships leading to the award of both an MRes* degree (in year 1) and subsequently to a PhD* degree.

This is a combined program supported by NWCR and the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor.

We invite talented and motivated students or graduates to apply for our North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre – "Doctoral Training Programme" (DTP) leading to both an MRes and subsequently to a PhD.

Students will be based either in one or more of the University research facilities at Liverpool or Bangor or Lancaster and will perform world-leading research in one of the focus cross-cutting themes:

  • Cancer Biology and Pathophysiology
  • Cancer Therapeutics and Precision Medicine
  • Public Health and Cancer Inequalities
  • Cancer and Ageing, Palliative Care
  • Cancer Prevention

Our clinical strengths include Haemato-oncology, Ocular Oncology, Head-and-Neck Cancer, Pancreas- and Hepatobiliary Cancer, with developing areas including Lung-, Breast, Genitourinary, Gynaecological, CNS and Paediatric cancers.

Work at the 'NWCR Centre – Univ. of Liverpool' is supported by first-class facilities at the Universities of Liverpool, Bangor and Lancaster, including the:

  • NWCR Institute - University of Bangor
  • Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster University
  • Centre for Cell Imaging
  • Centre for Genomic Research
  • Centre for Preclinical Imaging
  • Centre for Proteome Research
  • Instrumentation available through the Technology Directorate, UoL
  • LBIH Biobank
  • Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool
  • MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science
  • Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine

In addition, it is envisaged that students who achieve the highest standards of research scholarship will be eligible to complete a 3-month placement at one of the Centre's major national and international collaborative Centres, such as the Daresbury Laboratory (Cheshire), or at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China, Hong Kong University (HKU), or Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

The University of Liverpool in collaboration with Bionow* offers DTP students in NWCR the opportunity to engage with companies in the life sciences industry through the Student Mentoring programme. The aim of this six month programme is to help students gain an insight into careers in industry, clarify their career goals as well as provide exposure to a professional network. The student first expresses their interests through a profiling process and are then carefully matched with an experienced industrial Mentor who mentors them for 6 months.

* Bionow is a not-for-profit membership organisation for the biomedical / life-sciences industry in the North of England and supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation (see https://www.bionow.co.uk).

Students will begin their MRes in September 2016 in either the 'Cancer Medicine' MRes strand at the University of Liverpool (details of the MRes program are available here or in the MRes programmes of Bangor or Lancaster University (please see respective websites).

Positions are funded for up to 48 months and degrees will be awarded by the hosting University. You must be able to satisfy the appropriate University English language requirements.

Note that interviews are expected to be scheduled for 1st/2nd February 2016.

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. You will be expected to be able to work both in a team and independently and develop expertise in new areas as required.

Please note the English Language Requirement for EU Students is an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 5.5.


To apply please send a cover letter, full Curriculum Vitae (CV) & the name of two referees to [email protected] For application enquires please contact Mrs Deborah Horne, NWCR-UoL Centre Administrator.

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