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Independent Research Fellowships - MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge

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Medical Research Council Cancer Unit University of Cambridge -

Expressions of Interest: Sponsorship for Independent Research Fellowship Applications

The MRC Cancer Unit (CU) at the University of Cambridge seeks expressions of interest from outstanding early career cancer researchers, who wish the Unit to host their independent research fellowships. We expect to sponsor fellowship applications to funding bodies with open calls, such as the Medical Research Council, BBSRC, CRUK or The Wellcome Trust.

The scientific mission of the Unit is to advance fundamental understanding of early steps in carcinogenesis, and to translate this information to new approaches for early diagnosis, risk stratification or therapy that can be applied in the clinic. Current research in the Unit spans fundamental research in a number of areas, including genome evolution, cellular metabolism, microenvironmental interactions and transcriptional programmes, as well as translational/clinical research on early detection, chemical biology and therapeutic approaches. We are interested in sponsoring non-clinical or clinical candidates with an outstanding track record and future research interests relevant to the scientific mission of the CU. Applicants will need to demonstrate how their research contributes to the Unit’s strategy and integrates with existing programmes.

The CU provides an outstanding environment for cancer research, supporting some 10 research groups and ~130 bench scientists. It offers an excellent range of core facilities and expertise in molecular, cellular and clinical sciences and provides multiple opportunities for collaborative studies. The CU forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and is a key participant in the Cambridge Cancer Centre, enabling access to a wide range of laboratory and clinical infrastructure and the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with groups in the biological, physical, chemical and engineering sciences.

Candidates must demonstrate the potential to develop an internationally competitive programme of independent research relevant to the CU’s strategy and demonstrate their ability to lead a research team, pursuing original approaches to long-term research goals.

Please submit your CV (including publications) with contact details for 3 academic referees, a summary of your research achievements and proposed research plans (no more than 3 pages in total) with a covering letter by 11 March 2016 to Mrs. Christine Fox (

Further information is available from Dr Mary-Clare Cathcart (), Scientific Portfolio Manager, MRC Cancer Unit.

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