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MPhil Studentship – NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit

Department of Surgery

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Jan 2022
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: RE29788
  • Closes: 28th February 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a 1-year full-time MPhil studentship in the National Institute for Health Research Blood and Transplant Research Unit (NIHR BTRU) in Organ Donation and Transplantation (http://odt.btru.nihr.ac.uk) under the supervision of Professor Mike Nicholson. The position will be funded by the Stoneygate Trust and based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (http://cambridge-biomedical.com).

During the last 10 years, Professor Nicholson led the team that successfully translated renal normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) from the laboratory into clinical practice. The technique utilizes extracorporeal perfusion technology to deliver a warmed, oxygenated red cell-based solution to donor kidneys prior to transplantation. NMP has been used to assess viability and successfully transplant kidneys that were declined by all UK units. Ongoing research in this group is now focused on further optimising the conditions for NMP and examining the technology as a platform for the pre-transplant delivery of cellular and other therapeutics.

The studentship will involve participation in these clinical programmes of research using NMP to investigate the cellular and molecular processes involved in kidney damage and repair. The work will form part of the overall research programme of the NIHR BTRU in Organ Donation and Transplantation, the overarching aim of which is to increase the availability of suitable donor organs for transplantation while improving graft survival. The clinical programmes involve some out-of-hours work and on-call responsibilities.

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a first or upper second class degree in molecular or cell biology or an allied subject. Motivation, creativity and intellectual independence are desirable, as are excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively.

Funding will cover the student’s stipend and tuition fees at the UK rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered only if they are able to fund the overseas fees differential or if they are awarded a suitable scholarship.

The successful candidate will work towards an MPhil degree.

The funds for this post are available for 1 year. The proposed start date is October 2022.

The University’s Department of Surgery has a very strong record for academic students and surgical trainees securing research grants and fellowships. There is the possibility of applying for further funding over an additional 2 years to enable completion of a PhD.

Applications should include a covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two academic referees and should be sent by email to Dr Sarah Hosgood (sh744@cam.ac.uk), to whom any informal enquiries can also be addressed.

If you are invited to proceed further, you will need to make a full application to the University of Cambridge. Further details on Graduate Admissions are available at: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2022.

Please quote reference RE29788 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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