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A multi-million pound Research Institute with the vision to become an international leader in the field of cancer stem cell research, our people are ambitious, working to help shape the future of cancer research.

They provide a mix of established stellar cancer researchers plus those with demonstrable potential to become the next generation of internationally renowned cancer stem cell researchers.  They work with existing world-leading teams in basic biomedical science, genetic, drug development and clinical trials, creating a UK hub which is the European centre for cancer stem cell research. 

Together we will improve the understanding of cancer stem cells and the role they play in a range of cancers; develop new therapies which can be shown to make a real difference in the clinic; and ultimately, transform the survival rates for patients suffering from all types of cancer.

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PhD programmes

Following recruitment of key academic staff, we envisage that a series of PhD programmes will be implemented. Further details will be published on this site in the near future.

Current opportunity:- Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute to commence in October 2015. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Matthew Smalley and Dr Florian Siebzehnrubl and will examine the specific mechanisms by which epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and its reverse process, mesenchymal-epithelial-transition (MET), contribute to chemoresistance and tumour growth in brain and breast cancer.

Applications are invited from graduates who possess at least 2.1 Honours or Masters degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical, genetics or other science relevant discipline.

Closing date for applications: Friday 30 January 2015. Interviews are anticipated in mid-February 2015.

Further information about the project and details of how to apply can be found here:- 


For information relating to all PhD courses at Cardiff University, please see the main University pages on postgraduate study.

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme

The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute is interested in hosting Fellowships through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship scheme and invites those interested in spending some time within the Institute in Cardiff to apply.

This scheme provides eligible researchers with a fully funded 2 year fellowship at a Host Institution, with additional funding for research consumables. The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute can offer researchers the opportunity to develop their research interests in cancer stem cells, working alongside other world-leading scientists in this field.

More information on this scheme can be found here:

Clinical scientist training/work placements

A part of our vision will be to build a strong bridge between fundamental scientific investigation of cancer stem cells and the application of this knowledge for the treatment of disease. In the laboratories and clinics linked to the Research Institute, there may be the opportunity for work placements. At the current time no placements are available, but as more details become available they will be updated on this page.