CTP-SAI four-year studentships for October 2023

CTP-SAI four-year studentships for October 2024

The UKRI and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by G’s Growers Ltd. The Collaborative Training Partnership for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation (CTP-SAI) has been co-developed with NIAB as part of its alliance with the University of Cambridge, the Crop Science Centre, the James Hutton Institute, and leading UK universities.

The CTP programme for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation (CTP-SAI) will ensure young scientists are ‘business aware’, opening up opportunities for careers across industry. Ensuring the programme is inclusive and recruits a diverse range of candidates into agriculture is a priority. The CTP-SAI aims to lead the sector by example, training the next generation of new thinkers, ready to act in the public and private sector to effect positive global change in the food and farming system. The programme is supported by leading UK and international agri-food businesses, research organisations and charitable organisations representing the collective needs of farmers and practitioners.


We are offering exciting fully funded PhD opportunities on the following topics:

  • Regenerative farming systems for potato production (Ref: CTP-SAI-052)
  • Shining light on Potato: can light treatments accelerate breeding and reduce fungicide usage? (Ref: CTP-SAI-063)
  • Understanding genotypic variation in potato hybrid populations of root morphological and anatomical characteristics - identifying traits for a climate-resilient potato (Ref: CTP-SAI-064)
  • AI-powered dynamic phenotyping of plant-parasitic nematodes (Ref: CTP-SAI-065)
  • From regenerative farming to restoration: assessing the environmental impacts of future management changes in UK lowland peatlands (Ref: CTP-SAI-066)
  • 'Living with the Enemy': The crucial role of varietal tolerance in potato cyst nematode management (Ref: CTP-SAI-067)
  • Routes towards Net Zero through maximising soil-building processes into lower horizons (Ref: CTP-SAI-068)
  • Exploration into creating bruise-resilient 'Maris Piper' potatoes (Ref: CTP-SAI-069)
  • Assessing efficient application and emission reduction from using low carbon footprint fertilisers in potato agronomy (Ref: CTP-SAI-070)
  • The potential of naturally-occurring, heritable, mutualistic 'persistent' viruses to enhance legume performance (Ref: CTP-SAI-073)
  • Functional and pharmacological characterisation of insect inositol-1,4,5-triphosphate receptors (Ref: CTP-SAI-074)
  • Double legumes, multiple benefits? Ecosystem service benefits from combined faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and pea (Pisum sativum L.) crop mixtures. (Ref: CTP-SAI-075)
  • Exploring the mechanism underpinning determinacy and nitrogen requirement in potato crops (Ref: CTP-SAI-076)


Anyone interested should complete the online application form before the deadline of 7th January 2024. Interviews will be held during January/February 2024.

Please contact recruitment-ctp-sai@niab.com for further application details.

CTP-SAI four-year studentships for October 2022

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