Centre for Doctoral Training PhDs in Plant Sciences

Centre for Doctoral Training PhDs in Plant Sciences

Centre for Doctoral Training PhDs in Plant Sciences

Applications are invited for four fully funded PhD studentships starting 3rd October 2022.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 13th June 2022 and interviews will take place in early July 2022.

The School of Biological Sciences  has a world-leading reputation for pure and applied research across the biological sciences, with a broad cross-cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of global environmental change. Our research and education in plant and soil science, promoting the control of greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable food production, has recently been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest honour for UK further and higher education.

The newly established Anthony and Margaret Johnston Centre for Doctoral Training in Plant Sciences, enabled by a generous legacy gift, will support successive cohorts of doctoral students to undertake training and research related to our core themes of Biodiversity and Evolution, Interactions and Global Change.

We are delighted to offer four fully funded studentships in Plant Sciences that will offer students the opportunity to be part of large and multi-disciplinary groups of award-winning staff who are active in plant and soil research.

The CDT will support a tailored training programme in plant science research techniques in addition to generic skills training available to all PhD students. All our research staff and students benefit from our state-of-the-art laboratory, analytical and research facilities, including major recent investment in greenhouse facilities, the multi-omics Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, and a high-performance computing cluster.

Available Projects

Novel use of remote and molecular monitoring tools to study plant-pollinator interactions in fruit crops
Supervisors:
Dr Fabio Manfredini - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Professor Adam Price - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Dominic Williams - The James Hutton Institute
Dr Ali Kaley - The James Hutton Institute

Building a barrier to arsenic accumulation in rice
Supervisors:
Dr Gareth Norton - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Professor Adam Price - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

How do plants, mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbes interact to promote carbon and nutrient cycling?
Supervisors:
Dr Ashish Malik - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Andy Taylor - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Professor Katie Field - School of Biosciences, University of Sheffield
Dr Peter Orrell - MycoNourish Limited & The James Hutton Institute

Harnessing the power of plant social interactions to breed better rice
Supervisors:
Dr David Fisher - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Gareth Norton - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Funding and Eligibility

These opportunities are open to UK and International students. The studentships include full funding to cover tuition fees, research costs, and a stipend at the UKRI rate (For the 22/23 academic year £16,062 per annum). Please note, spaces for international students are limited.

Funding for international students does not cover visa costs (either for yourself or for accompanying family members), immigration health surcharge or any other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2:1 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Please apply for these positions through the links above.