We bridge research teams from Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) to undertake convergence research and we are looking for supervisors from distinct disciplines across the two institutions who will equip our PhD students with cutting-edge convergence research skills by exposing them to novel concepts in cancer biology, engineering, and the physical sciences. 

Call for proposals for PhDs starting in October 2024 IS CLOSED


Imperial and ICR academics are invited to submit a joint research proposal for studentships starting in October 2024. Each year we fund several highly competitive PhD Studentships, which provides a fixed annual stipend, a research consumables budget and tuition fees at the home rate for a total of four years. We are unable to support the full cost of international fees; however, offers can be made to overseas students should you secure support for the difference in international fees.


What we are looking for?



We are looking for proposals suitable for a four-year PhD project aligning to our strategic thematic area: Visualise and localise cancer at microscale

Pushing the boundaries of cancer detection at microscale: early stages of disease and microlesions (incl. marginal residues, dormant lesions and metastases). 

The CRUK Convergence Science Centre invites PhD studentship project applications aimed at tackling the tracking and imaging of microscopic tumour lesions using a variety of physical, mathematical or chemical approaches, clinically or preclinically. 

This can include any type of medical or surgical imaging, chemical tracking, artificial intelligence-assisted imaging or any technology or methodology applied to the detection and localisation of microscopic cancer sites.  



Proposals must:


  • Address a challenge in cancer, aligned to our thematic area
  • Be novel, high quality and original 
  • Be feasible for a PhD student to complete within four years 
  • Joint investigator led - projects must take on a convergence science approach, which will provide the student with training in multiple disciplines and the integration of novel ideas from the different disciplines. The supervisory team must have expertise spanning cancer biology and engineering or physical sciences. Pure cancer biology proposals or proposals with supervisors from a single institution will not be considered for funding. 


The application and recruitment process

Application deadline – September 13th, at midnight

Supervisors develop and submit PhD research proposals aligning to our thematic area.


Application feedback and project advertising – October 2023

The proposals are reviewed by the Training Subcommittee comprising ICR and Imperial academics with convergence science and cancer biology expertise.


Recruitment Event – January 2024

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in early February at our bespoke recruitment event designed to showcase convergence research and cross-institutional working.


Funding commences – October 2024

Successful candidates will commence their PhD 




Application guidelines, deadlines and further details can found be here:



Convergence Science PhD Supervisor Code of Practice
PhD Application Guidelines 2024
PhD Application Form 2024

Further information

For more information on this opportunity send an email to icr-imperial-convergence.centre@imperial.ac.uk.


Training the next generation of
convergence scientists

Training the next generation of
convergence scientists