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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship)

UCL - UCL Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £37,730 to £46,950 per annum ( MCT grade), inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th March 2020
Closes: 25th May 2020
Reference: 1864950

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a 36-month PhD Studentship fully funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action and is available from September 2020. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL and be registered as a PhD student to work with Prof. Vijay Chudasama. The successful candidate will also go on secondments (ca. 1-3 months) to different teams of the Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapies (TACT) Consortium.

Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs) are therapeutics that have classically been based on the attachment of only a single type of cytotoxic drug to an antibody. They target antigens that are over-expressed on certain cancer cells. This has led to issues of resistance and limited efficacy. Our aim is to explore and solve these issues by using antibodies to selectively deliver pairs of mechanistically complementary toxic drugs to cancer cells. The student will contribute to the design, development and implementation of new chemical methods for antibody conjugation.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements as an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR). At the date of recruitment, the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. A Master degree (MSc or MChem) in Chemistry or related area as well as knowledge of modern research techniques in Organic Chemistry is essential.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Further Details

Interested candidates are strongly advised, prior to applying, to read carefully the Job Description & Person Specification below.

Applicants should include a CV and cover letter clearly explaining their interest in the ESR position and in investigating the origins of life and outline their eligibility for the ESR position.

To apply please click on the 'Apply Now' button below.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Vijay Chudasama at

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James at, and

Closing date: 25 May 2020

Guide for applicants Marie Sklodowska--Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, at the link

The first day of employment of the Fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment /fellowship contract or equivalent direct contract).

The applicant can be of any nationality, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment.

Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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