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4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Biotechnology and Bioscience

4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Bioscience and Biotechnology

World-class PhD opportunities in Bioscience for Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health, Bioscience for Renewable Resources and Clean Growth, and Frontiers Bioscience.

The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership offers PhD studentships at one of the largest, successful centres for biological and biotechnological research and training in Europe. The Partnership has an international reputation for research and provides a centre of excellence for postgraduate training with first class research facilities

Our multidisciplinary programmes are delivered by the internationally renowned institutions based at the Norwich Research Park, UK: John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, Quadram Institute Bioscience, The Sainsbury Laboratory and the University of East Anglia. We provide students with the opportunity to access cutting edge technology and research expertise from industry and from across the Partnership and to be part of an active and friendly student community.

  • World-class research
  • Dynamic collaborative research culture
  • Integrated training
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Active and friendly student community
  • Multidisciplinary research enviroment
4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Biotechnology and Bioscience

“The training and development made it an easy decision to apply here, as well as the added bonus of the DTP internship. There’s so much on in Norwich too – it’s a great city to live in!”

“The strong research community makes it a brilliant place to start a career in science. I also have the opportunity to undertake the internship, allowing me to gain extra experience.”

All students will undertake an internship providing a breadth of experience beyond what can be gained through PhD research alone. Some of our opportunities are CASE Studentships. All CASE research students spend time with a non-academic/industrial partner and, in addition to experiencing the non-academic/industrial research environment, have opportunities for business related training. Building on our strong links with industry and our established successful CASE studentships, these offer a unique collaborative experience.


The 4-year studentships include a tax-free stipend, university registration fees and research/training funds and are open to UK and EU students who meet eligibility criteria.

Further Information

All opportunities are for October 2020 start. For further information and funding and eligibility information please visit us at our Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership website.

How to Apply

Available projects

Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to decode complex patterns of DNA methylation (HALLE20DTP1)Details
Gene splicing in tissue morphogenesis (HAERTYE20DTP)Details
Mining Meadows: Exploring the metabolic diversity of UK plants (PATRONE20DTP2)Details
Sex pheromone metabolism in Coccoidea (PATRONE20DTP1)Details
Supercharging photosynthesis to feed the world (HALLE20DTP2)Details
Understanding the impact of the ash dieback invasion of Europe (HALLE20DTP)Details
3D computer modelling of growing plants (SMITHJ20DTP)Details
A helping hand: signal transduction in plant immunity (BANFIELDJ20DTP)Details
Can improved genetic understanding of grain weight help feed the world? (UAUYJ20DTP)Details
Discovery of Antibiotics from Cyanobacteria (TRUMANJ20DTP)Details
Enhancing crop growth consistency in vertical farms (DODDJ20CASE)Details
Establishment of germline-specific DNA methylation in plants (FENGJ20DTP)Details
Find your match: investigating the biophysics and the evolution of protein-DNA interaction specificity (LEJ20DTP)Details
Fruit morphogenetics for seed-size control (OSTERGAARDJ20DTP)Details
How do plants interpret and respond to their complex and fluctuating environment? (DODDJ20DTP)Details
Mechanisms Controlling Plant Cell Polarity and Growth (COENJ20DTP)Details
Natural selection in action: molecular evolution of resistance to anti-microbials (BROWNJ20DTP)Details
Optimize tools to study gene functions in pest invertebrates with a focus on aphids and whiteflies (HOGENHOUTJ20CASE)Details
Post-Translational Modifications Orchestrate Organ Symmetry (MOUBAYIDINJ20DTP)Details
Resistance by Elimination (NICHOLSONJ20CASE)Details
Root legume symbioses signalling (CHARPENTIERJ20DTP)Details
To divide or not? The importance of division to hair formation in plants. (MARTINJ20DTP)Details
Understanding and predicting the effects of climate change on European yields of oilseed rape (PENFIELDJ20DTP)Details
Understanding how multicellular bacteria divide (SCHLIMPERTJ20DTP)Details
Understanding the link between metabolism and behaviour in plant growth-promoting bacteria (MALONEJ20DTP)Details
A needle in a stack of needles: using machine learning approaches to find RNA viruses in the gut microbiome (ADRIAENSSENSQ20DTP2)Details
Adapt or die? Understanding how bacterial bioflms evolve under stress (WEBBERQ20DTP)Details
Antibiotics; good gone bad? Impact on liver immunity and susceptibility to injury (BERAZAQ20DTP2)Details
Computational metagenomics in personalized medicine: Defining high resolution microbial genotypes (HILDEBRANDQ20DTP2)Details
Gut microbial metabolism at the mucosal surface (JUGEQ20DTP1)Details
How do antibiotics affect the human gut microbiota? (JUGEQ20DTP2)Details
Metabolism as a regulator of stressed haematopoiesis; implications for liver function during ageing. (BERAZAQ20DTP1)Details
Microbial ecology and metagenomics of a foodborne pathogen (MATHERQ20DTP)Details
Microbiota and vascular health (ROBINSONQ20DTP)Details
Novel autophagy pathways for the control of influenza virus infection (WILEMANQ20DTP)Details
Phages in the infant gut: good, bad or neutral? (ADRIAENSSENSQ20DTP1)Details
Psyllium fibre: from molecular structure to human health (WARRENQ20DTP)Details
Reconstructing microbial genomes from environmental samples and their impact ongreenhouse gases (HILDEBRANDQ20DTP1)Details
The gut microbiome and inflammaging (CARDINGQ20CASE)Details
Type 1 Resistant Starch: A journey through the gut (EDWARDSQ20CASE)Details
Unlocking pulse protein: A new look at mechanisms that limit bioaccessibility (EDWARDSQ20DTP)Details
Accelerating disease resistance breeding for diploid potato germplasm improvement (JONESS20CASE)Details
Genetic dissection of a complex immune locus in barley (MOSCOUS20DTP)Details
Identifying global regulators of effector gene expression in the rice blast fungus (TALBOTS20DTP)Details
TurboID-charging discovery of plant pathogen virulence and host defense mechanisms (JONESS20DTP)Details
Using gene editing and pluripotent stem cells to investigate cardiovascular cell signalling (SMITHU20DTP)Details
Antibiotic discovery in the wheat rhizosphere (HUTCHINGSU20DTP)Details
Characterising the cyanobacterial cytoskeleton (LEASMITHU20DTP)Details
Characterization of monoallelic regulation variation and aneuploidy associated dosage compensation mechanisms in human pre-implantation embryos (MONKU20DTP1)Details
Chemical biology meets microbiology to combat climate change (GATESU20DTP)Details
Development of the face (GRIFFINU20DTP)Details
Engineering bacteria to harvest electrons (CLARKEU20DTP)Details
Epigentic control of muscle development: the impact of chromatin accessibility on gene regulation (MUNSTERBERGU20DTP1)Details
Exploring the chromatin landscape in early development (WHEELERU20DTP)Details
From Structure-Function Studies to High Phytase Crops (HEMMINGSU20DTP)Details
Genomics of mimicry in Neotropical Corydoras catfishes (TAYLORU20DTP)Details
Getting Dirty with Soil Phosphorus (BREARLEYU20DTP)Details
Gifts that keep on giving: maternal effects and insect pest control (CHAPMANU20DTP1)Details
Massively parallel characterisation and experimental validation of viral microRNAs (MOXONU20DTP)Details
Molecular control of Eye development: investigating a novel gene network at the root of retinogenesis (GROCOTTU20DTP)Details
Reproductive interference for insect control (CHAPMANU20DTP2)Details
Sequencing the m6A (epi)transcriptome of C. elegans (AKAYU20DTP2)Details
SOLAR-protect: Can tomato extracts protect skin from aging? (GAVRILOVICU20CASE)Details
The role of integrins in muscle stem cell function (MAYERU20DTP)Details
The role of purinergic signalling in cartilage and joint health (CLARKU20DTP)Details
Turning Up the Heat on Pest Insect Reproduction: Optimising Thermal Control in Dry Food Storage Facilities (GAGEU20DTP)Details
Uncovering the role of RNA m6A modification in germ cell proliferation (AKAYU20DTP1)Details
White adipose tissue control by the peripheral nervous system (FOUNTAINU20DTP)Details
Why do muscle stem cells need a primary cilium for effective regeneration? (MUNSTERBERGU20DTP2)Details
Assembly of nitrous oxide reductase, a key enzyme in climate change (LEBRUNU20DTP1)Details
Developing Bacterial Nanowires for Light-Driven Catalysis (BUTTU20DTP)Details
Early diagnosis of meningitis using multiplex biomarker-based detection (MARINU20CASE)Details
Iron storage and detoxification in human ferritins (LEBRUNU20DTP2)Details
Life’s ups and downs: probing the conformational dynamics of DASS transporters, a protein family associated with age-related diseases and lifespan determination (MACMILLANU20DTP)Details
DMSP production in Earths highest producers (TODDU20DTP)Details
A human ’mini-gut-on-a-chip’ to study microbial-epithelial cell interactions (SAEEDU20DTP)Details
How Proteins Bind Unusual DNA Structures (WALLERU20DTP2)Details
Novel building blocks for soft materials based on carbohydrate assemblies (KHIMYAKU20DTP)Details
What Other Shapes Can DNA Form in Cells? (WALLERU20DTP1)Details
4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Biotechnology and Bioscience

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