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PhD Project: Whole genome sequencing of circulating tumour DNA as a diagnostic method to help resolve challenging cancer diagnoses

Defined by the absence of a confirmed cancer type diagnosis, cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is a devastating disease with an exceptionally poor outcome.

The Rare Disease Oncogenomics Laboratory at the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research is seeking a PhD student to undertake an exciting project involving development and application of bioinformatic methods for whole genome sequencing analysis of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) from the blood of cancer patients.

This project will involve expert supervision both within and outside our laboratory as well as leveraging significant resources of the SUPER-NEXT study that is currently deploying clinical whole genome sequencing to CUP patients recruited from 16 sites across Australia.

The PhD project will have a strong computational focus involving methods for mutation signature detection and ctDNA fragment analysis. The project is highly translational with the goal to develop a ctDNA diagnostic method ready for deployment to CUP patients in the short to medium term. The candidate will require prior experience with unix-like operating systems, R and/or python programming languages and working in a high-performance computing environment. A strong background in mathematics or statistics is also highly desirable. The candidate will also require a strong academic record and be competitive for internal or external PhD scholarships.

Deadline: 15 January 2022 in preparation for University of Melbourne Round 2 Graduate Research Scholarship Applications

Contact: Associate Professor Richard Tothill, Head of Rare Disease Oncogenomics Laboratory. Email: rtothill@unimelb.edu.au

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2022 Masters and Honours Projects

Department of Clinical Pathology

The Department of Clinical Pathology has a number of opportunities with supervisors based in the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, for masters and honours students in 2022. See details of our current project opportunities on the Department website.

The University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) offers two scholarships exclusively to graduate research students undertaking projects relevant to cancer, with a principal supervisor affiliated with the UMCCR.

  • Margaret and Irene Stewardson Fund Scholarship – Providing a student, with a minimum academic achievement of first-class honours or equivalent, with a fortnightly allowance totalling approximately $42,000 pa, for up to 3.5 years.
  • W. P. Greene Scholarship – Providing an outstanding applicant commencing a graduate research degree, or currently enrolled in a graduate research degree, with a fortnightly allowance totalling approximately $3,500 pa, for up to 3.5 years.

Any open scholarships specific to the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research will be listed here.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences also offers an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

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