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Graduate Program

Training the next generation of cancer researchers

Are you looking for an opportunity to take the next step in your research career?

The Institute has a number of research projects on offer that are suitable for students at different stages of their scientific studies, including summer internships for second and third-year undergraduate students, Honours, Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Projects will be based at SAiGENCI within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, in either the Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences (AHMS) building, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and/or the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), all co-located on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD.

SAiGENCI and the University of Adelaide will provide researchers early in their career with a stimulating and supportive environment to achieve highly ambitious research goals and build connections for their future careers.

See the 2023 SAiGENCI Student Research Opportunities booklet for program specific details, research groups and available projects.

Higher degree by research opportunities - MPhil and PhD

Who are we looking for?

SAiGENCI is looking for talented, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who have a shared vision to undertake research that will lead to fewer patients developing cancer and improving the lives of those with cancer.

Perhaps you have or will soon complete an undergraduate, Honours or Masters degree in a scientific field related to cancer research, or maybe you’re a clinician looking to add a research component to your skillset.

If you are a high achieving individual who meets the eligibility criteria and are committed to a two year (MPhil) or three to four-year full-time research project, we would like to hear from you!

What we will offer - The SAiGENCI Graduate Program

The Institute will provide a unique training experience for its students including:

  • Immersion in a community of Australia’s leading cancer researchers with access to world class facilities and technologies;
  • Regular research forums and master classes from experts in the field;
  • Workshops for developing research and data analytical skills as well as career development;
  • Travel funding support for students to present their research at national and international conferences;
  • For those enrolled in a PhD, opportunity to participate in a paid 3-month industry internship with a partner organisation.

Honours opportunities

Honours is a one-year qualification studied as an addition to an undergraduate degree.  Completing an Honours degree provides an opportunity to investigate an area of interest in greater detail whilst gaining hands on research experience.  To learn more about what is involved in an Honours degree, visit the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Honours page.

Interested students should first get in touch with a supervisor who works on a project of interest to see if they have the capacity to take on an Honours student.

Summer research internship opportunities

Summer research internships are a great opportunity for undergraduate students in their second or third year to get a taste of what it is like to work in a research lab.  Internship opportunities are open to University of Adelaide students and those currently enrolled at other Australian universities.

Students interested in a summer research internship should first get in touch with a supervisor who works on a project of interest to see if they have the capacity to host a student for 6 weeks over the summer semester.