A PhD studentship in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics or computational sciences is available which is funded through the Cancer Research UK programme: “CanRisk: Personalising cancer risk prediction for prevention and early detection” which runs 2021-2026. The objective of the CanRisk multidisciplinary programme is to enable cancer risk prediction within front-line healthcare, to facilitate the identification and management of at risk individuals and to promote cancer prevention and early detection. CanRisk aims to address three key research questions: (1) What improvement can be achieved in personalised cancer risk prediction that takes advantage of recent discoveries in genomics and epidemiology and that is clinically valid across populations? (2) How can we optimise user-friendly tools to facilitate the use of multifactorial cancer risk prediction in routine clinical practice? and (3) How can we operationalise multifactorial cancer risk assessment in primary care and in clinical genetics?

The PhD studentship will be hosted at the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology (), Department of Public Health and Primary Care (), University of Cambridge, under the joint supervision of Professors Antonis Antoniou and Douglas Easton, but the PhD student will also work closely with other CanRisk and international collaborators.

The successful applicant will develop skills in disease risk-modelling and risk-prediction, in genetic epidemiology, in the analysis of complex epidemiological and genetic data, and in computational and population health sciences. The student will join the cohort of PhD students being trained by the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre.

The projects will suit students with strong quantitative and analytical skills. Ideally students should possess a master’s degree in statistics/biostatistics, epidemiology, health data sciences or a related quantitative discipline. The ideal candidate will have excellent academic abilities (at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree) combined with strong communication skills in order to make the most of interdisciplinary training opportunities.

The CRUK studentship will provide an annual stipend (£19,000 per annum) and university and college fees at UK level.

Interview and Selection process

The deadline for applications is 19 November, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 26 November 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in the week of 29 November 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview soon after and successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by end of December 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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