One of the key goals of the Centre is to train the next generation of leaders in cancer research and cancer care. To do this, we fund a number of Clinical Research Fellowships and PhD Studentships, more details of which can be found below.

Clinical Research Fellowships

Cell & Molecular Biology of Cancer: Towards Novel Therapies

It is anticipated that at least two Clinical Research Fellow (CRF) posts will be available at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and Institute for Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow in 2019. These are two to three year posts to facilitate basic, translational or clinical research experience and training in solid tumours or haematological malignancies, specifically in one of the following areas: cell cycle control; control of invasion and metastasis; cell senescence; stem cell biology, including leukaemias; targeting strategies in radiation treatment.

The training fellowships are designed to provide state-of-the-art research experience, within a structured training environment, for future academic clinicians and appointees will be expected to develop a programme of research in an area of cancer research that has potential translational implications.

These CRF posts allow the development of a research project leading to the submission of an MD or PhD degree. Although research will form the major component of this post, participation in associated clinical duties and teaching may be incorporated into the Job Plan.

Details of the type of research project available can be found here. Applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors to discuss projects prior to making a formal application.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Jackie Beesley, Centre Manager (email: or to specific supervisors.

The call for applications is now closed but will re-open again in early 2019.

Clinicians in Research Network

Clinicians in Research Network (CiRN) is a professional network for cultivating collegiality and supporting career development of clinically-trained early career researchers (ECRs). CiRN contributes to the Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee at the University of Glasgow. See website for more details.

PhD Studentships

The Centre offers a number of four-year PhD studentships, funded by Cancer Research UK, that are designed to give students an opportunity to complete a PhD in one of its wide range of excellent research labs. These provide students with a generous stipend of £19,000 per year (to cover their living expenses) plus their university matriculation fees and some lab running expenses.

Studentships are open to graduates with a very good degree in a life sciences subject, who have an aptitude for experimental work. Students must be from the UK or EU.  Studentships typically start in October each year with the call for applications opening in October/November of the preceding year.

Other cancer-related opportunities for study in Glasgow

Masters in Cancer Sciences, Institute of Cancer, University of Glasgow

This course will prepare students for a career in cancer science, whether they aim to pursue a PhD or further medical studies, or seek a career in the health services sector, in the life sciences, biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

Link to further information

EQUATOR Oncology

A project highlighting online resources, literature, and guidance for oncology researchers to help improve the quality of cancer research, which is funded by Cancer Research UK