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BBSRC Nottingham Doctoral Training Partnership

Studentships available for a 4-year Interdisciplinary PhD programme in Agriculture and Food Security

The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research (RRes) and its consortium partners: East Malling Research; Diamond Light Source; Research Complex at Harwell; Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) National Industrial Biotechnology Facility; and Crops for the Future Research Centre in Malaysia, have devised an integrated four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that provides PhD students with a world-class training programme in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences. Further details on this DTP can be found here.

Applications are invited to join this innovative four-year PhD training programme with research opportunities in Agriculture and Food Security (AFS). Providing, safe, sustainable food, with low environmental inputs for an increasing population is one of the most significant challenges facing the world. Addressing these issues requires integrative research across a range of disciplines, including:

  • understanding agricultural traits to improve yield,

  • quality and production of plants and animals,

  • food safety,

  • animal and plant health,

  • food processing and supply chains

Research projects are available across a range of topics that impact upon AFS in microbial and eukaryotic (plant and animal) systems, food safety, minimising waste, biomaterials processing, mathematics and integrative biology.

The Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PhD training programme for an annual cohort of around 50 students. In the first six months you will gain experience of working in different research areas by undertaking a series of 3 mini-projects.  During this time you will be provided with the fundamentals of AFS research including statistics and experimental design and more advanced techniques of bio-imaging and in vivo work.  There is also a comprehensive series of generic training which ranges from the basics of how to create a research poster to an interactive two-day course on communicating your science to the public. The 2014 programme provides you with some details of what the DTP provides.

At the end of the first six months, you will choose a PhD project that develops from one or more of your mini-projects­. The research expertise within these areas can be found under the research pages of the Schools of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Psychology, Mathematics, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Science, Biorenewables and Bioprocessing Research Group, Rothamsted Research and East Malling Research.  In your third year you can decide which one of a portfolio of national and international external placements you would like to undertake. 

Applications will soon be invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Students with an appropriate Masters degree are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please note, Rothamsted led projects advertised on our pages will be based at Rothamsted.

Funding details

Funding is available for four years from Autumn 2017. This studentship includes a three-month full-time placement outside of the research environment.  A full award would be fees plus an annual stipend.  This is set by the Research Councils and was £14,296 for 2016/17.

Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students. 

How to apply

Application information for 2017/2018 will be anounced shortly.