This is an exciting opportunity providing nine fully-funded PhD studentships covering a wide range of topics vital for building capacity in African agricultural research. The PhD candidates will work with Cranfield University (UK), Rothamsted Research (UK) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco).
The nine studentships are fully-funded by OCP Group via the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. The funding provides tuition fees, a stipend of £17,000* (tax free), travel costs and generous research costs for four years. *See website for full funding details.
Application deadline: 05 May 2019
Start date: 01 July 2019
Each studentship will be part of a larger multidisciplinary collaborative research project. The successful candidates will gain comprehensive training in research techniques, transferable skills in communication, data analysis and team working, equipping them for a multitude of potential roles in the continuing development of African agricultural systems.
The students will benefit from being part of the Agricultural Innovation for Morocco Centre for Doctoral Training (AIM-CDT). Students will develop academic, technical and entrepreneurial skills allowing them to take up leadership roles in an academic or industrial setting to drive forward agricultural research and innovation. This will be achieved through a balance of academic excellence, laboratory and field experience, and strong industrial interconnectivity throughout the students’ training.
Technical and practical innovations to reduce soil and water losses by improving soil physical properties
Supervisors: Prof. Wilfred Ottens (CU), Prof. Richard Whalley (RRes), Dr Mohammed El Gharous (UM6P)
Image analysis for plant phenotyping–machine learning based methods for analysis of multi-model and multi-dimensional remote sensing data from high-throughput plant phenotyping
Supervisors: Dr Fady Mohareb (CU), Prof. Malcolm Hawkesford (RRes), Dr Mohamed Arji (UM6P)
Applicants should have a first class or 2.1 UK honours degree or equivalent in Agricultural Science, Geography, Soil Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Genetics, Geographical Information System or other related subjects and a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).