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Ph.D Studentships in Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Cancer Biology

Posted by , on 12 November 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

NEUCrest Ph.D Studentships in Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Cancer Biology 


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for full-time fixed term positions as Early Stage Researchers in the lab of Prof Karen Liu, King’s College London (, Centre for Craniofacial and Regenerative Biology, King’s College London.


These positions are funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union and will be available from 1st January 2020. Appointments will be on a full-time basis for a period of 3 years. Remuneration will be in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders (Early-Stage Researchers, Initial Training Network).


NEUcrest is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 project funded by Agreement 860635. The neural crest is an essential stem cell population of vertebrate embryos. The project focuses on integrating academic, clinical and industrial research for a better understanding of neural crest development and neural crest related diseases. These pathologies are a major group of congenital diseases in human, and a heavy societal concern. The NEUcrest network comprises 20 partners in academia, industry and hospitals from seven European countries, gathered in a synergistic effort to advance knowledge and outreach of these diseases.


The Ph.D projects are highly multidisciplinary and will develop scientific strategies from experimental embryology, genome editing, imaging and generation of genomic datasets. A full list of projects and partners:


PhD Projects available through the lab of Prof Karen Liu, King’s College London:

PROJECT 1: The Role of ALK and GSK3 in normal and pathogenic neural crest migration. This project led by Prof Karen Liu (King’s College London) and Prof Angela Nieto (UMH, Spain). Applications see:

Person Specification: First degree or Masters in Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology. Mobility requirement: EU applicants are eligible to apply. Applicants must not have been based in the country of registration for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Start date: Positions are available from 1st January 2020. Informal enquiries to Prof Karen Liu (

To Apply: Applications, in English, should include a detailed CV, certificates of examination grades (bachelor/master), a letter describing your career goals, skills and experience, as well as two letters of recommendation. Applications: Informal inquiries may be made to Deadline for applications is 15 November 2019, or until posts are filled.


PROJECT 2: Generation of neural crest cells from patient-derived hiPSCs for disease modelling and therapeutic applications. This industrial project will be led Dr Erin Knock and Dr Wing Chang with student based at STEMCell Technologies, Cambridge UK. Academic registration and supervision by the lab of Prof Karen Liu (King’s College London).

Applications, see:


PROJECT 3: Establishment of human iPSCs from syndromic neurocristopathy patients with skeletal dysplasia This project is suitable for a clinical or suitably qualified non-clinical PhD student and is led by Prof Irene Mathijssen (email to Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands) with secondment to Prof Karen Liu (King’s College London) and STEMCell Tech, Cambridge UK and Phenocell, France.

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