Targeting cancer stem cell signalling in nervous system tumours

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 January 2022.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Medical Studies, then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

Online application

Before applying, please ensure you have read the Doctoral College’s general information on applying for a research degree.

For more information on the admissions process please contact

Director of Studies: Professor David Parkinson
2nd Supervisor: Professor Oliver Hannemann
3rd Supervisor: Dr Sylwia Ammoun

A PhD position, funded by the Brain Tumour Research charity, is available in the laboratory of Professor David Parkinson in the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth. The lab works on the biology of meningioma and schwannoma cancers and signalling pathways that drive proliferation in these important nervous system tumours. We are studying the role of the Hippo pathway and its downstream targets using both human tumour cells and transgenic mouse models of tumourigenesis. We use a wide range of cell and molecular biology techniques in the lab, providing an excellent training for post-graduate students. The successful applicant should be familiar with a number of lab techniques, such as cell culture, microscopy and ideally some experience with use of mouse transgenic models, although training can be given to the successful candidates. For further details on the project prior to interview, please email Professor David Parkinson.


Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant masters qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,609 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,697 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Professor David Parkinson.

Please refer to the list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, contact

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 30 September 2021. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview approximately 2 weeks later. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by the middle of October should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.