PhD Studentship: Cancer Modelling from Genomic and Imaging Data using Machine Learning


  • Qualification type: PhD
  • Subject area: Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Medical Image Processing
  • Location/Campus: College Lane campus, Hatfield
  • Start date: 1 May 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter
  • Closing application date: 31 March 2024
  • Duration: three years, full time

Project outline

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 3-year PhD studentship to work on state-of-the-art research on cancer modelling using machine learning. In this research, you are expected to develop novel methods for cancer data modelling and analysis using cutting edge machine learning and deep learning algorithms for bioinformatics and medical imaging to advance cancer diagnostics through analysis of heterogeneous information extracted from genomic and imaging data.

This Ph.D. project is in collaboration with Curenetics Ltd


  • Principal supervisor: Dr Iosif Mporas
  • Second supervisor: Dr Maria Braoudaki

Entry requirements


  • A first or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as, computer science, electronic  engineering, maths, etc.
  • Very good knowledge of machine learning and deep learning.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and manage time independently to meet deadlines.
  • Problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarity on complex information.
  • Excellent IT literacy.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated.


  • A relevant master’s degree will be an advantage.
  • Publications in high-impact international journals and conferences.
  • Experience in bioinformatics and/or medical imaging.
  • Good knowledge of programming language Python preferably in Linux environment.
  • Previous experience with state-of-the-art AI/ML software libraries.


The studentship is open to UK/EU and international applicants.

How to apply

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Iosif Mporas, Director Research Centre Networks and Security.

Please download and complete an application form

In section 11 you must provide a comprehensive personal statement of up to 500 words describing your motivation to do research on this project at the University of Hertfordshire, and providing information on how you meet any of the essential or desirable requirements described above.

Please also send with your application form:

  • A research proposal not exceeding 1 page.
  • Two academic references.
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts.
  • Certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Your completed application should be emailed to the Doctoral College

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2024.

Interview dates: beginning of April 2024.

Expected studentship start date: 1 May 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Funding information

The award includes cover for UK home or international tuition fees and a stipend at standard UKRI rates. For 2023-2024 this is set at £18,622. The stipends usually increase annually in line with inflation. Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.