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  PhD in Chemical Ecology
  Dr S Campbell
Applications accepted all year round

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In response to the near-universal threat of being consumed by insect herbivores, plants have evolved a sophisticated arsenal of chemical defences.
  PhD in the Evolutionary Ecology of Mating Systems
  Dr S Campbell
Applications accepted all year round

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Mating and breeding systems govern a wide range of evolutionary processes in plants and animals, including gene flow, genetic variation, and the strength of natural selection.
  International PhD Programme in Molecular Life Sciences

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 The Vienna Biocenter (VBC) PhD Programme in Life Sciences has been running since 1993, providing students from all over the world with excellent training.
  Investigating the biogenesis and organisation of photosynthetic membranes using cryo-electron tomography
  Dr M Johnson, Dr A Hitchcock, Dr A Siebert
Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

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Photosynthesis forms the basis of global food chains and provides the oxygen and energy that sustains the biosphere and human civilisation.
  Photoreceptor regulation of plant development
  Dr S Casson
Applications accepted all year round

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Plant growth and development is highly dependent on the light environment. Light provides energy to drive photosynthesis but light quality and quantity is also perceived by photoreceptors, which signal to regulate responses enabling plants to adapt to their environment.
  Redesigning the absorption and storage of solar energy for photosynthesis
  Prof C N Hunter, Dr A Hitchcock, Dr D Swainsbury
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Photosynthesis is the fundamental biochemical process on Earth that converts solar energy into chemical energy, releasing the oxygen we breathe, providing the food we eat and absorbing the carbon dioxide we produce.
  Regulating biosynthesis of the pigments of life
  Dr A Hitchcock, Dr P Jackson, Prof C N Hunter
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Tetrapyrroles are often referred to as the pigments of life as they are required for a number of vital cellular processes, including respiration (haems), photosynthesis (chlorophylls), amino acid biosynthesis (vitamin B12), sulphur and nitrogen assimilation (sirohaem) and methanogenesis (cofactor F430).
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Identifying beneficial plant-microbial interactions using multi-omic approaches
  Dr M Swain, Dr S Cameron, Dr K Farrar
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Microbes known as endophytes are usually bacteria or fungi, which live within specific plant tissues without causing disease.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Variation in forages for improved micronutrient nutrition in livestock
  Dr S Palmer, Dr S Stergiadis, Prof A Kingston-Smith, Mr P Billings
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Milk is a rich source of protein, calcium, iodine, magnesium and manganese, and is seen as a key mechanism via which health and nutrition can be improved in many countries, developed and developing alike.
  Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

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Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland.
  Managing plant diversity and soil-root-biota interactions for improved nutrient efficiency
  Prof O Schmidt, Dr S Tracy, Dr D Wall
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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RESEARCH PROJECT. This exciting, fully funded PhD research project will investigate how to integrate plant diversity, biostimulants and interactions between soil, roots and soil biota into crop and grassland management in order to improve nutrient efficiency.
  Predicting tuber dry matter concentration in potato
  Dr M Stalham, Prof H Griffiths
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Mark Stalham (NIAB CUF), Prof. Howard Griffiths (University of Cambridge). The dry matter concentration of potato tubers is an important quality attribute, particularly for the production of crisps and french fries but also for fresh produce.
  MSc by Research Programme: Development of tools suited for the in vivo identification and study of protein Complexes in Phytophthora capsici, required for infection.
  Dr E Huitema
Application Deadline: 16 July 2020

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This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a ’real research’ experience.
  Plant Stem Cell formation
  Prof T Laux
Applications accepted all year round

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We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a newly funded PhD position in plant embryo development. The goal is to investigate how the stem cells of the shoot meristem are formed during embryo development.
  PhD in Engineering - Bioactive hydrogels for stem cell engineering
  Prof M Salmeron-Sanchez, Prof M Dalby, Prof A Miller
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Cells need three dimensional environments to grow and to differentiate, and thus efforts have been made to engineer materials that can display adhesion ligands, growth factors and that have controlled properties.
  Bioengineering of bacterial CO2-concentrating system for improved photosynthesis
  Prof LN Liu, Dr D Canniffe
Applications accepted all year round

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The single-cell photosynthetic bacteria, cyanobacteria, account for over 25% of global carbon fixation, thanks for their powerful CO2-concentrating machinery.
  Disease phenomics - quantifying the development of disease symptoms in infected plants
  Dr S A Rolfe
Applications accepted all year round

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Biology is undergoing a revolution as ‘omic technologies allow us to make hundreds or thousands of measurements on large populations of plants.
  Evolutionary origins of adaptive traits in grasses*
  Dr P A Christin
Applications accepted all year round

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During evolution, grasses acquired a variety of functional traits that allowed them to colonize almost all environments around the globe, and rank amongst the most productive crops, weeds, and invasive species.
  How does clubroot obtain nutrients from its living plant host?
  Dr S A Rolfe
Applications accepted all year round

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Clubroot is an important pathogen of Brassica crops. The disease is found throughout the world and causes severe economic losses.
  PhD in Crop Domestication and Improvement
  Prof C P Osborne
Applications accepted all year round

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Professor Colin Osborne, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. We invite applications for a PhD in the area of crop domestication and improvement.
  PhD in Palynology
  Prof C H Wellman
Applications accepted all year round

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Professor Charles Wellman supervises self-funded Ph.D. research projects in Palynology hosted by the Centre for Palynology. These can encompass taxonomic, biostratigraphical or palaeoenvironmental (palynofacies) analysis.
  PhD in Plant Environmental Physiology
  Prof C P Osborne
Applications accepted all year round

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We invite applications for a PhD in the area of plant environmental physiology. Our research uses experiments with wild plants and field studies to address a range of questions about the biology of C 4 plants and savanna ecosystems.
  PhD in plant genetics and molecular biology
  Dr L Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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My group is interested in understanding aspects of basic plant biology, primarily through the application of molecular biology and genetics.
  PhD in Plants and Microbes: crop production and protection, the interaction between plants and other plants, pests and pathogens, and soils, and the interactions of ecosystems with global change
  Dr C Voigt
Applications accepted all year round

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Plants underpin life on Earth. In Sheffield, world leading plant research is undertaken across all scales from the molecular level through to the leaf and root, whole plant and ecosystem.
  Re-engineered seawater and desert sand towards sustainable concrete
  Dr E Liu
Applications accepted all year round

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The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in Materials Science and Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a related field.
  Investigating the effects of grassland sward composition (monoculture to multispecies) on soil nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions
  Dr P Murphy, Dr H Sheridan
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 4-year PhD studentship within a DAFM-funded project, FASTEN (Farm Sustainability Tools for Efficient Nutrient Management).
  Comparative studies of wound and cancer inflammation in plants and animals
  Prof P B Martin
Applications accepted all year round

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All organisms need to be able to repair wounds. A key aspect of this is combating the potential for infection when barrier layers are breached by tissue damage.
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