PhD Recruitment Process2019-10-15T15:53:13+00:00

Applications – PhD studentships

Applications must be submitted through the Crick’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 should also find out about the projects being offered to start in September 2020 and their supervisors via the specific Project Pages (see below).
You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.

Key dates

Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon 29 November 2019
We will not accept late applications.
We should receive your references by 6 December 2019. 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 by: 17 January  2020.
Interviews will take place: Thursday 13 February 2020
Programme start date: September 2020


Interviews will take place at the Crick on Thursday 13 February 2020, when candidates should be available all day. Some candidates may also be asked to attend on Wednesday 12 February 2020. We will pay for hotel accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses, including for international candidates. If you will be travelling from outside the European Economic Area, we will book air travel to keep the candidate costs down.

During the interview day, candidates will find out more about the PhD programme, will be interviewed by a panel of CRUK CoL faculty, and have the opportunity to meet the relevant supervision teams. Fellowships will be awarded to the best applicants based on information submitted on the application form, references and performance during the interviews.


PhD Projects available

Project 1. Radiation induced oxidative DNA damage and cancer immunology in NSCLC. Supervisors: Dr Crispin Hiley (UCL) and Dr Simon Boulton (Crick)

Project 2. Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of solid tumours. Supervisors: Dr Sophia Karagiannis (King’s), Prof Julian Downward (Crick) and Prof James Spicer (King’s)

Project 3. Defining novel regulators of cancer cell invasion. Supervisors: Prof Maddy Parsons (King’s) and Prof John Marshall (QMUL)

Project 4. Chemically editable 3D tumour microenvironments to explore and exploit tumour immunity. Supervisors: Dr Oliver Pearce (QMUL) and Dr Ben Schumann (Crick)

Project 5. Single-Cell Analysis of γδ T cell Biotherapeutics in Tumour Microenvironment Organoids. Supervisors: Dr Chris Tape (UCL) and Dr Erik Sahai (Crick)

Project 6. Image guided focused ultrasound to enhance efficacy of cancer therapeutics. Supervisors:Dr Maya Thanou (King’s) and Prof Nader Saffari (UCL)

How to apply