Cancer Postgraduate Mentors

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Are you a cancer-focused PhD student looking to mentor underrepresented postgraduate research students or a prior mentor wanting to train and manage others?


Thanks to funding from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), we’re looking to recruit up to four Cancer Postgraduate Mentors to mentor undergraduate students at The University of Manchester who are interested in applying for a cancer-focused PhD in the future.


We’re also recruiting up to two Senior Cancer Postgraduate Mentors who will provide mentorship and oversee a small group of Cancer Postgraduate Mentors to ensure they can do their job effectively.


Our mentorship scheme aims to make sure that more PhD researchers from underrepresented groups are attracted and recruited to cancer postgraduate research programmes. We particularly welcome applications from students from the following groups:

  • Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Have ever been in local authority care
  • Have ever been in receipt of free school meals
  • First in family to attend higher education


We will provide training before you start these roles and you’ll have regular contact with our Postgraduate Programme Manager.

These roles are flexible and hours will vary throughout the year but we expect a minimum contribution, as outlined in the role job descriptions.

Senior Cancer Postgraduate Mentor job description

Cancer Postgraduate Mentor job description

Key Responsibilities and Opportunities available include:

  • Identifying opportunities for your mentee to develop their academic CV, e.g. through signposting them to conferences or talks
  • Being empathetic and willing to share your own journey
  • Helping your mentee to set short and long-term career goals
  • Providing guidance on cancer-specific PhD applications and interviews
  • Contributing to the development of the mentorship scheme by suggesting new ideas for engagement
  • Completing compulsory training as required


Additional Senior Cancer Postgraduate Mentor responsibilities:

  • Providing training to Cancer Postgraduate Mentors, with the assistance of the MCRC Postgraduate Programme Manager
  • Acting as a point of contact for a small number of Postgraduate Cancer Mentors to assist with any queries or issues they may have


Benefits of being a Cancer Postgraduate Mentor:

  • Inspire the next generation of postgraduate researchers
  • Gain skills in leadership, mentoring and communicating with other people


How to apply

Please complete our short application forms to apply for these roles:

The deadline to apply for this role is 12:00 (GMT) on Monday 4th March 2024.

If your application is successful, we’ll email you to invite you to the MCRC to have an informal chat and find out more about you and assess your suitability for the ambassador programme. This is also a chance for you to find out more about us, learn how the scheme works and ask us any questions you may have.

We aim to inform everyone of the outcome of their application a week after the deadline. Please note: if we receive a sufficient number of applications we may close the job advert earlier than advertised.

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