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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.

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.

The Individual Fellowship scheme provides excellent financial compensation and research support for the best or most promising researchers seeking to relocate to EU Member States or Associate Countries.

We would like to invite expressions of interest for applications within the following thematic areas of research:

  • The identification of validation of novel cancer stem populations
  • The relationship between the normal stem cell compartment and malignancy
  • The identification of and understanding of the cell of origin of tumours
  • The therapeutic targeting of the cancer stem cell population

We will provide full support and guidance to develop those applications that we judge to be promising and that fit into one of the research areas listed above. All expressions of interest should meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme as well as the additional criteria for support by Cardiff. These criteria are listed under Eligibility.


In order to be eligible for a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship, researchers can be of any nationality; however at the date of the deadline (10/09/2015) they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding three years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


  • Career Restart Panel: If a researcher has not been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.
  • Reintegration Panel: If a researcher is a European national or long term resident (spent a period of full-time research activity of at least 5 consecutive (without breaks in research) years in Europe, and is moving (or has recently moved) back to Europe.

In these two cases the following mobility rule applies: the researcher must not have carried their main activity in the UK for more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the deadline.

Additional criteria

Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution.

Applicants must have a track record - appropriate to career stage - of peer-reviewed publication(s) in internationally recognised outlets.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to Ian Horton, Innovation & Partnership Officer,  by 12pm (GMT) on 24 July, 2015. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  • A completed Expression of Interest form.
  • A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship guidelines, a maximum of five (5) pages).
  • A 2 page outline of the proposed research project.

These should be sent as PDFs with file names indicating your surname, first name initial, and document (e.g., smithjCV; smithjAPP; smithjPROPOSAL).

Selection process

Expressions of interest will be assessed by a committee of researchers at the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute at Cardiff University. Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria and our additional criteria will be considered. The most promising applicant(s) based on the relative strength of CVs and proposals in relation to the Marie-Curie award criteria will be provided with further guidance and support for the purposes of submitting a full Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application with the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute at Cardiff University serving as the host organisation.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance documents on the Marie-Curie website before starting your application.

Those applicants with whom we wish to support will be contacted by 31st July, 2015.

Any queries can be sent to Ian Horton, Innovation & Partnership Officer, 

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.

We also receive many requests for internships, but do not currently have any formal internship opportunities within the Institute at present.