CYP PhD recruitment process2023-02-24T13:42:33+00:00

The CRUK CoL Centre Childern and Young People’s Cancer PhD Studentship

Applications for the CRUK CoL Centre CYP PhD programme starting in September 2023 are now open!

This is a unique multidisciplinary and collaborative training opportunity for graduates with a background in biological, biomedical or other relevant sciences, who are interested in carrying out research in cancer biotherapeutics with a special focus on Children and Young People’s Cancer (CYP).

Students offered teh studentship will follow the four-year version of our PhD programme, benefitting from high quality multidisciplinary scientific & transferable skills training, and cohort-building & networking activities. In addition, you will develop a customised training plan together with your supervisor tailored to your background and project requirements.

We are looking for talented and motivated candidates, who are passionate about research and have a strong academic track record. You will be based in your primary supervisor’s research group, and you will have the opportunity to work across the Centre, for example when carrying out research placements or accessing the Centre’s infrastructure cores. These are full-time research positions fully funded for four years.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the Centre.

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 studentships 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).


Before beginning an application, you should read the information on this page and the “completing the application form” page. You should also find out about the projects being offered to start in September 2023 and their supervisors via the specific project pages below.

Key dates

  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 22 March 2023, noon
  • We should receive your references by 29 March 2023, 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: 1 May 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: 5 May 2023, 1pm to 2pm
  • Panel interviews will take place: w/c 15 May 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.

PhD Projects available

Project 1: MRI-based tracking of senescent cell population dynamics in brain tumours to monitor and optimise senolytics-based therapies

Primary supervisor: Chris Clark, UCL Co-supervisors: Faraz Mardakheh, Queen Mary University of London, Jamie Dean, UCL

Project 2: Dissecting the roles of transposable elements in paediatric acute myeloid leukaemia

Primary supervisor: Özgen Deniz, Queen Mary University of London Co-supervisors: Richard Dillon, King’s College London

Project 3: Dissecting the protumourigenic activities of senescent cells in the development and relapse of paediatric diffused midline glioma

Primary supervisor: Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera, UCL Co-supervisors: Silvia Marina, Queen Mary University of London

Applications are now open