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 five fully funded PhD studentships starting 1st October 2023.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 26th January, 2023 and interviews will take place shortly afterwards.

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 five 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

Maximising biological nitrification inhibition capacity of rice

Supervisors:
Dr Gareth Norton - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Prof Cecile Gubry-Rangin - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Why is water-saving so challenging in Bangladesh rice production?

Supervisors:
Dr Matthias Kuhnert - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Gareth Norton - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Professor Adam Price - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Combining population genetic and macroecological inference to understand and predict plant biodiversity

Supervisors:
Dr Lesley Lancaster - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Kara Layton - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Nicky Lustenhouwer - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Leonel Herrera-Alsina - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Jean-Philippe Lessard - Department of Biology, Concordia University
Dr Barnabas Daru - Department of Biology, Stanford University

Optimising root surface traits for sustainable plants and soils

Supervisors:
Prof Paul Hallett - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Ashish Malik - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Maria Marin - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Tim George - The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

Mechanistic understanding of plant-microbe interaction to solve the nitrogen use efficiency dilemma

Supervisors:
Prof Cecile Gubry-Rangin - School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Mark Wilkinson - The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Dr Tim George - The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

Funding and Eligibility

This opportunity is open to Home and International students and includes full funding to cover tuition fees and a stipend for living costs (£17,668 For the 23/24 academic year).
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 are expected to hold (or be about to achieve) at least a 2:1 UK Honours degree (or Equivalent). Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree (or Equivalent) may be considered providing they have a Distinction or Commendation at Master’s level.
The expected start date is October 2023.

Please apply through the University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Application Portal, following the application procedure as described in the project adverts.