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ACED Opportunities and Training

Find out about the latest ACED education opportunities, job vacancies and access recorded content from past early detection events.

 Funded PhD studentships

ACED is committed to training the next generation of early detection scientists and provides a world-class, supportive and flexible training environment. The ACED PhD programme provides unique support by offering a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional approach to training.

Applications to our 4-year non-clinical PhD programme and Clinical Research Training Fellowships in cancer early detection are now closed.

Future opportunities will be advertised here when they become available.



ACED offers the opportunity to undertake a 4-year PhD studentship, with the Early Detection Training Programme providing a taught course in different disciplines relevant to early detection. To complement their training, students are strongly encouraged to undertake up to two rotations in different groups, either in their own host institution, or where relevant and funding allows at a different ACED Centre.

UCL ACED PhD Student Lucie Gourmet
PhD Studentship Rotations


UCL ACED PhD Student, Lucie Gourmet, shares her account of the different research groups she worked in at UCL, Cambridge and Stanford during the first year of her ACED PhD Studentship.

Lucie has also written some guidance and advice based on her experience. 

ACED Early Detection Training Programme 2022/23

ACED has developed a dedicated training programme to provide PhD students and early career researchers with a solid foundation to the early detection field. The course covers a broad spectrum of knowledge across various disciplines divided into 6 modules: Foundation to cancer, Cancer metrics, Cancer detection tools, Screening, Early diagnosis and Cancer in the wider context.

The course provides an interactive training experience delivered online in thirty approximately weekly 1-hour sessions. Attendance is open to all PhD students and early career researchers at ACED Member Centres.

2023/2024 ACED Early Detection Training Programme will be starting October 2023 please contact Dan Kelberman, UCL ACED Programme Manager.


Videos: Lectures and Masterclasses

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Prof Sam Hanash

Director McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer, Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lecture:  Addressing Risk Assessment and Early Detection of Cancer using Biomarkers.

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Dr Jamie Blundell

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme, University of Cambridge.

Lecture: Using evolutionary principles to predict who is most at risk of developing leukaemia.

Dr Ruth Etzioni

Interim Codirector; Distinguished Scientist, CEDAR, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine

Lecture: Estimating overdiagnosis in breast and prostate cancer: Is there hope?


Dr Jamie Blundell

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme, University of Cambridge.

Masterclass: Somatic Evolution in Cancer


Prof Nora Pashayan

Professor in Applied Cancer Research, UCL. NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy Director

Masterclass: Risk-Stratification in Early Detection of Cancer


Dr Christian von Wagner

Reader in Behavioural Science and Health, UCL.

Masterclass: Behavioural Science and Early Diagnosis of Cancer


Dr Emma Woodward

Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Masterclass: Familial Cancer: Opportunities for Early Detection