Applicants can propose their own research topic but are advised to view the research interests of the Leicester Cancer Research Centre before applying.
The Leicester Cancer Research Centre (LCRC) provides an optimal research environment; it is a dynamic, multidisciplinary unit comprising 59 academic, clinical, research and professional services staff and holding live grants with a total value of over £12.5 million. The Centre is recognised internationally for its world-class research in cancer, notably chemoprevention, early detection, radiation biology and precision medicine approaches. We have a broad portfolio of studies in thoracic oncology and lymphoid malignancies with more focused interests in colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancers as well as melanoma and endometrial cancer, bringing together basic and clinical scientists and having excellent links with the Leicester Academic Health Partnership (University, NHS University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) acute NHS Trust and Leicester Partnership Trust. Complementing this, the LCRC hosts the Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), which aims to discover and develop novel therapeutics as potential cancer chemopreventive agents and/or as adjuncts to chemotherapy, as well as biomarker studies informing treatment decisions and monitor the effectiveness of therapies. It is also closely linked with the Hope Clinical Trials Unit, which has generated and sustained a critical mass of infrastructure providing the capability to perform all phases of studies including first in human.
The LCRC has an extensive record of developing future leaders through a comprehensive, high-quality PhD training programme in conjunction with world-leading experts in numerous cancer fields. To ensure the continued success of the Centre and develop the next generation of independent scientists, an opportunity has arisen for a 3-year PhD studentship, funded jointly by the College of Life Sciences and Hope Against Cancer that will complement a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers working at the cutting edge of translational science.
Along with high-quality project-specific training, through the Doctoral College the student will undergo a comprehensive development programme, tailored to their specific needs, with an emphasis on transferable skills including research effectiveness, engagement and impact, personal effectiveness (including leadership), methods and tools, career management and academic writing. The student will also be encouraged to attend conferences and various symposia to build their own networks and begin developing their independence, as well as presenting at our own PGR Seminar Day, which celebrates the achievements of our PhD students and encourages collaboration within our PGR community.
Overall, this exciting opportunity offers to develop a highly talented PhD student under the supervision of a team of internationally recognised cancer experts that will not only ensure highly impactful research, but also deliver an independent scientist with the potential to become a future leader.