BBSRC/CASE GSK funded PhD Studentship: Bioengineered 3D models of T cell migration and activity

Application deadline:   24 July 2017

Interviews: 4 August 2017 (either in person or by Skype)

Start Date:   25 September 2017 (successful candidates must be able to start by this date)

 Primary Supervisor:   Professor Fran Balkwill

Secondary Supervisor:   Dr Sarah Hopkins (GSK)

Centre for Cancer & Inflammation

Applications are invited for an industrial BBSRC CASE studentship with Barts Cancer Institute and Glaxo Smith Kline.

This 4-year joint project on Bioengineered 3D models of T cell migration and activity, begins on 25th September 2017 and will focus on the immune response to ovarian cancer and improving cancer immunotherapy.


Who should apply

We are looking for a highly motivated graduate with an interest in cancer research and a background in subjects such as Immunology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Biology or Biochemistry.

Academic entry requirements

Applicants must have, or be expected to obtain, at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent), in a relevant subject or a lower second class honours degree and an MSc with Merit/Distinction, (or equivalent), in a relevant subject

English language requirements

Applicants for whom English is not a first language will also require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent), unless your Undergraduate/Masters degree was studied in and awarded by an English speaking country. For more information on acceptable English language qualifications please click here.

Eligibility for funding

Full funding is only available to UK /EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3+ years immediately prior to the studentship start date.
Please refer to the BBSRC website for further details.

Additional Benefits

Our studentships aim to develop a cohort of scientists equipped both intellectually and technically to conduct the highest quality research on cancer.

Our research degrees are supplemented by a comprehensive support programme, providing training in a wide range of biomedical laboratory methods and other vital transferable skills.


This studentship includes the following funding:

  • A tax free annual stipend of £16,553
  • Project consumables
  • Tuition Fees (up to the Home/EU rate only)

How to apply

To be eligible for this PhD studentship you need to meet the criteria outlined in the 'Who Should Apply' section above.

To apply, please submit the following documents by e-mail to

  • A completed PhD application form
  • Your CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • 2 references*
  • Copy of your transcript(s), including a breakdown of marks
  • Copy of your passport
  • If applicable, proof of English proficiency

Please ensure you provide all supporting documents, as we are unable to consider incomplete applications.

*You should contact your referees to request a reference. References can either be returned to you or submitted directly to using our reference form

Contact Information

For further enquiries please contact Nick Summerfield (


Contact Details & Location

  • +44(0) 20 7882 2081
    +44(0) 20 7882 3847
  • Barts Cancer Institute
    Teaching Centre,
    Joseph Rotblat Building,
    Charterhouse Square,
    London EC1M 6BQ
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