Convergence Science Non-Clinical PhD
Imperial and ICR academics are invited to submit a joint research proposal for studentships starting in October 2023. 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.
We are looking for proposals suitable for a four-year PhD project aligning to our strategic thematic area: Therapy Monitoring and Therapy Resistance; our aim is to develop technologies and methodologies to improve the monitoring of therapeutic response in cancer patients.
A key challenge for the clinician is to understand how well a therapy is working and when to change or stop a therapy. There is a need for new approaches to monitor responses to therapy more accurately and more frequently, and with lower impact on patients’ lives (i.e., less invasively and reducing hospital visits). Novel methods are needed to understand treatment resistance including innovative assays to be able to predict response at the point of diagnosis. The goal is to develop low-cost therapy monitoring technologies that will provide a readout of therapeutic response, which can be implemented in a healthcare setting to inform treatment decision making. Applicants should address the mechanisms associated with resistance to chemo, radio, and immunotherapies; how can we design technologies that will predict resistance or reoccurrence.
We are proposing an online meeting to build cross-institutional supervision teams, the aim is to showcase the breath of engineering and physical sciences expertise and the cutting-edge cancer research undertaken at both institutions. Supervisors attending this meeting will be given the opportunity to present two slides on their research to help connect and integrate approaches in the creation of a PhD research proposal.
Supervisors develop and submit PhD research proposals aligning to our thematic area.
The proposals are reviewed by the Training Subcommittee comprising ICR and Imperial academics with convergence science and cancer biology expertise.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in early February at our bespoke recruitment event designed to showcase convergence research and cross-institutional working.
Successful candidates will commence their PhD
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