RadNet Studentships2020-01-10T14:51:21+00:00

RadNet Training Programme

CoL RadNet students will follow the CRUK CoL Centre PhD training programme. In addition to carrying out their PhD research and participating in core mandatory activities, each trainee will have a ‘customised’ training programme, which will be developed with their supervisors taking into account the trainee’s background and PhD project needs.

Mandatory training activities will include an induction programme to introduce trainees to doing a PhD, the Centre and its science, its infrastructure cores, experiment design, research integrity, and science project management. In addition, RadNet students will take part in multi-disciplinary radiation research workshops and seminars and participate in CoL cohort-building activities including giving talks (as part of an annual Centre trainee meetings and Centre symposia), attending meetings, networking events, and seminars.

The ‘customised’ elements of the programme may include short research placements, and training in a vast range of scientific and transferable skills, accessible via the Centre partners and beyond. There will also be a strong emphasis on career mentoring and support.

  • The supervision teams of CRUK CoL trainees should comprise a minimum of a primary and secondary supervisor.
  • Trainees will be based in their primary supervisor’s research group, spending time with their secondary supervisor’s group and at other Centre sites as appropriate.
  • They will register for their PhD at their primary supervisor’s university, or, if their primary supervisor is a Crick group leader, at their secondary supervisor’s university.
  • Both supervisors should have appropriate supervisor status at the university of registration, and at least one supervisor should have a contract that goes beyond the trainee’s end date.
  • Thesis committees will be assigned to advise trainees on their research and monitor their progress.

a) The research projects of all CRUK CoL RadNet PhD studentships should address at least one of RadNet’s themes:

Theme 1 – Radiation resistance
Theme 2 – Radiation combinations
Theme 3 – Targeting and technology
Cross-cutting Theme – Outcomes and risks

b) Be multi-disciplinary and include some exposure to physical sciences via training or placements (computational biology, math, physics, chemistry, engineering.

The research projects of science graduate CRUK CoL RadNet PhD students should:

  • Be feasible for trainees to complete and write up within 4 years.
  • Include 3 x 2 month research placements, normally in the first 6 months of the PhD, that will provide the student with multi-disciplinary technical and intellectual skills and networks to enable them to carry out the proposed PhD project.
  • These placements can span the Centre’s partner institutions. They may include placements with the primary and/or secondary supervisor and/or at the Centre’s hospitals (e.g. a clinical placement in a clinical trials or experimental medicine centre), or at associated institutes such as the Turing Institute and the Farr Institute.

The CRUK CoL RadNet award includes funding to cover the appointment of 4 PhD students to start their PhD in September 2020 (stipend, consumables and tuition fees).

Faculty wishing to use their own funding from alternative sources to apply to recruit trainees to this programme may do so.

  • Project proposals/applications to recruit will be sought from faculty across the CRUK CoL Centre
  • Project proposals will be reviewed by the RadNet executive board and CoL Centre Training Steering Committee (which includes RadNet representation), to ensure they span the breadth of the centre, fall within the Centre’s research strategy, and provide the trainee with appropriate supervision and multi-disciplinary training in Radiation Oncology.
  • Approximately twice as many projects as we have funding available will be advertised. Faculty will be informed if their project will be advertised by the beginning of September.
  • The programme will be advertised extensively, directing applicants to complete an online application form. References will be sought via the online system.
  • Applications will be checked for eligibility, then made available via the online system to supervision teams for applicant shortlisting, using pre-interviews by phone and Skype as required.
  • The final interviewee shortlist will be approved by representatives of the Training Steering Committee. We envisage inviting 2-3 candidates per project to interview.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview day in May 2020, during which they will receive information on the programme, have the opportunity to meet with the supervision teams they have applied to, and be interviewed by a science graduate or clinical trainee interview panel that includes representatives from across the Centre.
  • Both interview panels will score and rank the candidates, based on their applications, references and performance at interview. The highest scoring candidates will be offered positions on the programme.

Please direct any questions to Annabelle Scott, CRUK CoL Postgraduate Training Coordinator: annabelle.scott@ucl.ac.uk

Recruitment timeline

  • Call for applications to recruit: 09 Dec 2019 – 13 Jan 2020
  • Selection of projects to advertise: 14 Jan 2020 – 3 Feb 2020
  • Advertise projects: 15 Feb – 16 Mar 2020
  • Referees deadline: 23 Mar 2020
  • Supervision teams shortlist & pre-interview: 24 Mar – 17 April 2020
  • Interviews: 20 May 2020