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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM) is a multi-disciplinary centre established by the University of Cambridge in 2020 to develop AI machine learning (ML) technologies to transform bioscience, medicine and healthcare.

With 5 fully funded PhD studentships available, this is our call to the brightest minds to join an elite group at a world-class university.

What is the CCAIM?

A cross-disciplinary group of leading University of Cambridge scientists and clinicians, led by one of the world's leading names in ML, Mihaela van der Schaar, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Machine Learning, AI and Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

What makes CCAIM unique?

Our faculty of leading Cambridge scientists and clinicians ( combine the power of world-leading ML with cutting-edge research in engineering, mathematics, computer science, genetics, computational biology, clinical research, healthcare policy and more.

Who are we looking for?

Competition will be fierce, so at the very least you'll need (or be predicted to achieve) the equivalent of a first-class undergrad degree with honours at a world-class institution.

We seek two types of candidates:

1) Candidates with prodigious quantitative skills, developed during a degree in a quantitative subject such as engineering, computer science, mathematics. Your mathematics must be excellent, of course, with experience in ML a distinct plus. You will be pushing to achieve breakthroughs in machine learning, enabling cascading breakthroughs in bioscience and healthcare.

2) Candidates with exceptional prowess in bioscience - with a strong quantitative aspect - developed during a degree in a subject such as biophysics, microbiology, cell or molecular biology, computational biology, or genetics. You will be pushing to achieve breakthroughs in bioscience and healthcare, powered by bespoke ML methods.

Our special sauce: co-supervision

You will have two dedicated supervisors, drawn from different disciplines, with the additional possibility of input from industry. As you may appreciate, true co-supervision is a luxury in PhD studentships.

Your future prospects

Employers will know that CCAIM attracts and develops only the brightest stars in their fields. When you graduate, you will be able to write your own ticket.


These studentships are fully funded for four years. This covers UK/international University of Cambridge fees and living costs/stipend.

Application process - please read carefully

These studentships are based in one of these schools - the School of Clinical Medicine, School of Physical Sciences, School of Technology, School of Biological Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences - or the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

This is a rolling application process. When the 5 PhD studentships are allocated and confirmed, recruitment will close. To express your interest, please first fill out the form found on the CCAIM website - - and someone from the centre will contact you in due course. We will interview selected candidates. After interviews, we will make our final choices and make conditional offers of funding to the successful candidates.

These funding offers are conditional on the candidate then being accepted as an eligible PhD candidate by the University of Cambridge. In practical terms, this means that after our conditional offers are made, those successful candidates will then be asked to apply via the formal University of Cambridge system.

That formal application process, which goes through the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, is here:

The deadline for formal applications is 30 June 2021.

To be clear, you can make a formal application at any time, paying the required £70. But please express your interest first through the CCAIM website and follow the procedure described above.

Please quote reference LE25061 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all students are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Closing date

Jun 30th 2021

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