Important Dates for Your Diary

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 13 April 2017 - the PhD Recruitment Portal will close at 2400 hours (GMT).   The shortlisting process will begin following application closure, and selected candidates may be invited to participate in a pre-selection skype/facetime interview, it is therefore crucial you create such an account and give details on the application form so we can contact you if you are selected.  This pre-selection interview will be a short 5-10 minute discussion and you will be contacted via email to set up a suitable date/time for this to take place.  It is expected this process will take upto 2 weeks to complete.

Candidates successfully shortlisted for face to face interview will be contacted via email.  Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to answer individual emails regarding shortlisting. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the application deadline, then your application has been unsuccessful.

Interviews will be held at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute on Friday 28 April 2017 (time tbc).  Shortlisted candidates must be available for interview, and will be expected to attend in person.  The only exception to this condition, is for selected international candidates who require a visa to travel; under these circumstances, a further skype interview may be possible.

General Overview of the Interview Process

During the interview, we aim not only to find the best candidates, but also to help potential students to find out more about the Institute, the supervisor(s), and the projects on offer - we feel strongly that it should be a two way process, since a successful PhD is forged through a good match between student, project and supervisor.

Time is scheduled to talk to the potential supervisor, and there is also ample opportunity to chat to some of our graduate students and research fellows.  As part of the interview process, candidates are asked to present a short (10 minutes + 5 minutes for questions) critique of a research paper.  We ask for a review of a research paper because we feel that this allows all candidates to have an equal opportunity, irrespective of their academic background and laboratory experience. Our aim is to assess whether you think deeply about your science, can communicate it, and if you have a passion for the subject.  Shortlisted candidates will be forwarded a selection of recent papers from which only one must be chosen to critique.  Selected papers will be sent upon interview acceptance.