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PhD 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: RE29789
  • Closes: 28th February 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a 3-year full-time PhD 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 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 the use of NMP to deliver regenerative based therapies directly to the kidney.

The studentship will involve participation in experimental and clinical programmes of research using NMP technology to improve the condition of kidneys from marginal donors. A particular focus of this studentship will be the application of regenerative/cellular based therapies. 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 programme involves 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. Applicants with relevant research experience, gained through Master’s study or while working in a laboratory, are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 funds for this post are available for 3 years. The proposed start date is October 2022.

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 RE29789 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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