CRTF Recruitment Process2022-11-16T19:40:41+00:00

The CRUK CoL Centre  Clinical Research Training Fellowship PhD Programme

Applications for  CRUK CoL Centre  Clinical Research Training Fellowships commencing in September 2023 are closed now. 

This is a unique multidisciplinary and collaborative training opportunity for any clinician who is interested in carrying out research in cancer biotherapeutics.

The appointed fellows will follow the three-year version of the CRUK CoL PhD training programme, which provides a firm foundation for clinicians with a future academic career path in mind. They will follow a customised training plan, developed in collaboration with their supervisors and tailored to their background and project requirements. Trainees will benefit from multi-disciplinary scientific and cohort-building activities, and actively participate in the Centre’s events, e.g. symposia, conferences.

We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and hold full GMC registration or equivalent. We expect applicants to be in a training position. These are full-time research positions with limited participation in clinical activities. They are fully funded for three years, and PhD registration will be at the primary supervisor’s university. Successful candidates will receive a salary commensurate with their current experience, paid on the clinical academic scale.

The funding for this fellowship covers students with home tuition fee status only. For more information on home tuition fee status please visit the UKCISA website. Please note that we will only be able to offer fellowships to candidates that have home tuition fee status or provide evidence that they can fund the international portion of the tuition fee from external sources (i.e. not self-funded).

Submitting your application

Applications must be submitted through the Francis Crick Institute’s online academic recruitment system. 

Before beginning an application, you should read the information on this page and the completing the application form page. You can find out about the projects being offered to start in September 2023 and their supervisor below.

Key dates

  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 10 November 2022, noon
  • We should receive your references by 14 November 2022, noon. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.
  • You will find out if you have been invited to interview for the programme before: 9 January 2023
  • Supervisors may contact you during the shortlisting period (late mid November to mid December), to find out more about you and your interest in their project.
  • Information session for interviewees: 13 January 2023, 12pm to 1pm
  • Panel interviews will take place: w/c 23 January 2023
  • Programme start date:  September 2023


During the interview, candidates will be interviewed by a panel of CRUK CoL Centre academics from across the Centre’s partners. Please note that not all projects will be funded and studentships will be awarded to the best applicants based on information submitted on the application form, references and performance during the interview.

Projects available

Project 1: Translational development of novel hypoxia-sensing chimeric antigen receptor T cells for avoidance of exhaustion and toxicity

Primary Supervisor: James Arnold, King’s College London Co-supervisors: John Anderson, UCL, John Maher, King’s College London

Project 2: Investigating how immune cell neighbourhoods determine the epithelial phenotypic landscape and progression to cancer in Barrett’s oesophagus

Primary Supervisor: Stuart McDonald, Queen Mary University of London Co-supervisor: Marco Novelli, UCL

Project 3: Characterisation of metabolic heterogeneity and evolution in IDH-mutant AML in response to targeted therapies

Primary Supervisor: Lynn Quek, King’s College London Co-supervisor: Paolo Gallipoli, Queen Mary University of London

Project 4: Single-Cell Signalling Analysis of Tumour Microenvironment Chemoradiotherapy Protection in Rectal Cancer

Primary Supervisor: Chris Tape, UCL Co-supervisor: Vivian Li, The Francis Crick Institute

Project 5: Understanding treatment resistance and disease progression in hypodiploid ALL

Primary Supervisor: Bela Wrench, Queen Mary University of London Co-supervisor: Simone Zaccaria, UCL

Project 6: B cell function and risk of progression in smouldering myeloma

Primary Supervisor: Kwee Yong, UCL Co-supervisor: Dinis Calado, The Francis Crick Institute

Applications are now closed