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 Plants, Food and Health

4 Year Fully Funded Rotation PhD Opportunities in Plants, Food and Health

The EDESIA PhD programme is funded by Wellcome Trust to advance major aspects of plant-based nutrition and health, from crop to clinic, drawing on the world-class, interdisciplinary research expertise of the Norwich Research Park. The EDESIA: Plants, Food and Health doctoral training programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

Nutrition and the reduction in risk of ill health is centre stage globally and food represents one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The recent EAT-Lancet commission report stressed the urgent need to focus on high plant food diets, calculating that the adoption of such a diet would prevent 11 million deaths per year.

Through a four-year, rotation-based PhD, EDESIA students will have the opportunity to train in a wide range of disciplines across the translational pathway of nutrition research, ranging from plant science and the mechanistic understanding of nutrition, to clinical trials, population-based studies and public health. In year 1 students will complete 3 rotations across EDESIA partner institutions on the Norwich Research Park: UEA, the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute and the Earlham Institute, developing their substantive PhD proposal at the end of this first year.


The scholarship is open to home and international applicants. It covers a stipend of £19,919pa (2021/2 level) plus university registration fees and a generous allowance for research consumables/training, travel and funding to support career transitions following the submission of the PhD thesis, within or beyond academia.

Further information available here

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The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 10th January 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th February 2022.

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Programme Directors:

Prof Ian Clark (UEA School of Biological Sciences) and Prof Cathie Martin, FRS (John Innes Centre). 

 Plants, Food and Health