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  NERC-funded PhD studentships: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

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The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and a number of business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to tackle some of the toughest challenges of our time.
  NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Adaptations of Antarctic penguins in a rapidly changing environment
  Dr J Younger
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).
  NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Evolution of social genes across landscapes
  Prof J Wolf
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).
  Adapting to life in an increasingly acid world: understanding tolerance to acidic waters in populations of trout (Salmo trutta). PhD in Biosciences(NERC FRESH).
  Dr J R Stevens
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) provides a world-class doctoral research and training environment, for the next generation of interdisciplinary freshwater scientists equipped to tackle future global water challenges.
  Investigating evolution in real time using genomics. PhD in Biosciences (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr B Fraser
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Bonnie Fraser, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisors.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Dynamic Earth, Living World, Changing Planet) Microbial life and carbon cycling in glaciers environments
  Dr P Sanchez-Baracaldo, Prof J L Wadham
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Probing novel pathways of carbon cycling in glaciers using metageomics. Carbon is essential for life and forms the building blocks of all organic compounds.
  Genetic constraints on adaptive evolution
  Dr M Reuter
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Research in my group aims to understand how the genetic encoding of traits affects whether and how they will respond to selection.
  Conservation genomics of bumble bees (CENTA2-GENE4-HAMM)
  Dr R Hammond, Dr S Beleza
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Bumble bees are a diverse group of key pollinators that suffer from the negative impact of anthropogenic change. This results in declining and fragmented populations that impacts on the bees themselves and so on the wild flowers and crops that they pollinate [2].
  Unravelling the novel bacteriophage diversity in tropical rain forests (CENTA2-GENE1-MILL)
  Dr A Millard, Prof M Clokie
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Tropical rainforests are known to supply the greatest diversity of plants and animals on the planet, yet they only cover a very small percentage of the Earth`s surface.
  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  Could heatwave impacts through reproduction damage insect populations? (GAGEUBIO20ARIES)
  Prof M Gage, Dr L Spurgin, Dr A Franco, Dr I Bedford
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. Earth’s climate is changing, and heatwaves are becoming more frequent and extreme. Biodiversity is responding to these changes by shifting ranges, declining and going extinct, but the proximate driving mechanisms still remain poorly understood.
  Variability and permanence of functional traits to determine environmental tipping points
  Dr K Wollenberg Valero
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Species diversity has a disproportionate influence on ecosystem functioning and stability and as such, resilience to extinction events.
  14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training

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14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training. Sustaining the World's freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers.
  14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training

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14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training. Sustaining the World's freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers.
  14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training

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14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training. Sustaining the World's freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers.
  14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training

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14 fully funded studentships - an integrated approach to freshwater bioscience training. Sustaining the World's freshwater ecosystems, while meeting the water demands of a growing population, will require a new brand of intellectually mobile and agile problem solvers.
  The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) call for PhD Studentship applications 2020

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The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) offers up to two competitively. awarded and generously funded MPhil/PhD studentships annually.
  Comparative genomics, speciation and sustainable food security
  Dr V Savolainen
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Supervisor. Professor Vincent Savolainen, Imperial College London. https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/v.savolainen. CASE partner. National Botanic Garden of Wales.
  Epigenetic mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of adaptive responses
  Dr R Hager, Prof J McInerney
Applications accepted all year round

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We now live in a world of rapidly changing environmental conditions where species will need to adapt or perish. While populations may evolve in response to environmental change, more rapid responses may happen through processes like phenotypic plasticity.
  Analysis of pathogen determinants recognized by the hypervariable immune receptor Dscam
  Dr M Soller
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. To mount an immune response, host organisms must first recognize the pathogen with which they are infected. The first line of defense against pathogen infection in animals is provided through the innate immune response.
  Biodiversity conservation ex situ or in situ with a focus on genetic diversity.
  Dr N Maxted
Applications accepted all year round

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Field studies, ecogeography, geographic information systems and estimation of patterns of genetic diversity, IUCN taxonomic and genetic threat assessment will help elucidate conservation strategies and taxonomic clarity of critically endanged plant species.
  Determining novel molecular regulators of necrosis controlling premature cell death
  Dr Y Fan
Applications accepted all year round

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Necrosis, a form of premature cell death, is frequently caused by excessive insults such as trauma, infection and toxins. It has been implicated in many human diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and inflammatory diseases.
  Regulation of apoptosis-induced compensatory cell proliferation and its implications for cancer and tissue regeneration
  Dr Y Fan
Applications accepted all year round

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In multi-cellular organisms, coordinated cell death (e.g. apoptosis) and cell replacement is critical for tissue recovery in response to stress or damage.
  Statistical genetics and genomics of complex traits
  Dr L Leach, Prof Z Luo
Applications accepted all year round

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A highly motivated student is sought to train as a statistical geneticist working on the dissection of complex trait phenotypes in human, plant and animal populations into their underlying genetic components.
  Understanding the role that the RNA helicase UPF1 plays in sorting ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes and the mechanism by which this role of UPF1 might reduce cellular stress and cell degeneration.
  Research Group: BBSRC MIBTP
  Dr S Brogna
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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This project’s specific objective is to study the molecular role(s) that the RNA helicase UPF1 plays in RNA processing. UPF1 is a key player in nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), it is universally conserved in eukaryotes and is essential to the development of many organisms [1].
  The ageing bee: how does sociality affect ageing in social animals? (BOURKEUBIO20ARIES)
  Prof A Bourke, Dr A Maklakov, Prof T Chapman
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Explaining patterns of ageing in organisms is essential for both our scientific understanding of the diversity of life histories and our ability to manipulate them in beneficial ways.
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