PhD Studentship: Stem Cells, University of Plymouth, UK

Postdoctoral Position in UK United Kingdom
PhD Studentship: Stem Cells: This PhD studentship offers an exciting opportunity to advance the understanding of glioblastoma, an incurable brain tumour, by recreating brain tumours using patient-derived glioma stem cells hosted by normal brain cells. The project aims to develop more clinically relevant models using human neural spheroids and/or organoids, providing new insights into tumourigenesis and therapeutic resistance.

PhD Studentship: Recreating Brain Tumours Using Patient-Derived Glioma Stem Cells


PhD Studentship in Medical Studies

Research Area

Brain Tumour Biology, Neural Development, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Culture, Confocal Microscopy


Plymouth, United Kingdom


  • Academic Qualifications: A first or a good upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject is required. A relevant master’s qualification and/or extended laboratory research experience is preferable.
  • Research Experience: Experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell culture, and confocal microscopy is desired.
  • Background Knowledge: A strong background in neural development and brain tumour biology is desired; interest in these areas is essential.
  • Language Requirement: International students must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any element) or equivalent.
  • Fee Coverage: The studentship covers full Home tuition fees and a stipend of £18,655 per annum (2024/25). International fees are not covered; international students must cover the difference between Home and International tuition fee rates.

Job Description

The PhD project will focus on:

  1. Developing models towards human neural spheroids and/or organoids.
  2. Using these “mini-brain” platforms to generate infiltrative tumours using patient-derived glioma stem cells (GSC).
  3. Validating the model as a more clinically relevant system to reveal novel mechanisms of tumour development and therapeutic resistance.
  4. Conducting research under the supervision of Dr Jon Gil-Ranedo, Dr Claudia Barros, and Prof José M Almendral.

How to Apply

  1. Online Application: Use the online application form by searching for PhD Medical Studies (select the entry point of October 2024).
  2. Personal Statement: Clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.
  3. Supporting Documents: Ensure you have read the Doctoral College’s general information on applying for a postgraduate research programme and upload all required supporting documents.
  4. Contact Information: For more information on the admissions process, contact

For informal inquiries about the project, please contact Dr Jon Gil-Ranedo at

Last Date for Apply

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday, 12 August 2024.

This studentship is a unique opportunity to contribute to significant advances in the field of brain tumour research. Apply now to be part of this innovative project!



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