PhD Studentship Notch Mediated Modulation of The Chromatin Landscape in Senescence and Cancer

University of Cambridge, UK is offering PhD position in computational biology. Applicants should apply before November 15, 2018.

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) is a joint venture between the Charity, Cancer Research UK, and the University of Cambridge. The Institute has excellent state-of-the-art facilities and research ranges from basic cancer biology and computational biology through to translational research and clinical application.

Graduate students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of our research programmes and gaining a studentship in the Institute is an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding cancer research scientists of the future.

Dr Masashi Narita, Head of the Mechanisms of cellular senescence research group, wishes to appoint a student to work on the project entitled: NOTCH mediated modulation of the chromatin landscape in senescence and cancer.

NOTCH signalling has been implicated in embryonic development, cell differentiation and tumorigenesis. Emerging evidence indicates that NOTCH also plays a key role in cellular senescence. Senescence is a persistent form of proliferative arrest, can thus act as an autonomous tumour suppressor mechanism. In addition, senescent cells have a profound modulatory impact on the tissue microenvironment through their non-autonomous activities, best exemplified by the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). We have recently reported that NOTCH signalling is a critical regulator of the SASP (Hoare et al. Nat Cell Biol 2016) and that NOTCH modulates the global chromatin landscape (Nat Commun, Parry et al. 2018). We will further investigate how NOTCH signalling controls chromatin structure and what are the key downstream effectors leading to both the autonomous and non-autonomous activities of senescence. Importantly, NOTCH signalling is often upregulated in cancer, where, we hypothesise, senescence-associated NOTCH effectors can be altered. The project will involve cell biology, genomic (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq), and proteomic approaches as well as close collaboration with computational biologists.

Applicants with experience in cell culture and genomics methods, such as ChIP-seq are particularly encouraged to apply.

This project is funded by a Cancer Research UK studentship that includes full funding for University and College fees and a stipend of 19,000 per annum.

No nationality restrictions apply to Cancer Research UK funded studentships. Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from any recognised university worldwide.

All applications need to be made using the University Applicant Portal. Please visit: for further information about the course and to access the applicant portal.

To complete your on-line application, you need to provide the following:

The names and contact details of two academic referees who have agreed to act on your behalf.

If you wish to be considered for more than one studentship, please enter the names of all of the supervisors you wish to consider your application in the ‘Research summary’ text box. If you only wish your application to be considered by a single supervisor, then please enter their name in the ‘Research Supervisor’ text box. Please describe your past ‘Research experience’ in the appropriate text box.

Your statement of interest (limit of 2,500 characters) should explain why you wish to be considered for the studentship and which qualities and experience you will bring to the role. Please also state how you learned of the studentship.

Please upload your CV (PDF file), which should include a list of the examinations taken at undergraduate level and if possible, your examination results

The closing date for applications is 15 November 2018, with interviews expected to take place in December/January.


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