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FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership – PhD studentships available

Call for PhD Researchers across the Agriculture-Food Value chain

FoodBioSystems is a UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) which brings together six UK universities internationally recognised for their expertise in agriculture, food and nutrition, as well as fundamental bioscience disciplines. The DTP is led by the University of Reading in collaboration with Cranfield University, Queen’s University Belfast, Aberystwyth University, Surrey University and Brunel University London. Through our PhD research projects and training programme, our postgraduate researchers will have the skills to integrate research throughout the Agri-Food system. These skills will equip our researchers to achieve sustainable food production, develop integrated food and nutrition solutions, and reverse the surge of diet related diseases. To achieve this we are advertising 50 PhD projects in subject areas that span the entire food value chain, so we aim to recruit students from a broad range of scientific backgrounds. We have over 60 associate and affiliate partners, from primary producers and food manufacturers to retailers, government and non-government organisations. Our doctoral researchers are focused on meeting research challenges to ensure food security, environmental sustainability and improved public health. They have access to world class expertise and state of the art facilities. All our students are co-supervised across two institutes within our academic partnership and successful candidates will be required to actively participate in our robust and flexible cohort training. You will gain a core understanding of food systems, data analysis and modelling in addition to our subject specific training. Through our research and training programme we aim to ensure that our scientists think, integrate and respond to challenges with a multidisciplinary view – skills essential for the future of global food systems and your career.

To find out more about us, the projects we are offering this year, and our training programme, please visit

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

How to apply

Please view the individual project descriptions and guidance on how to apply at

Funding eligibility

All FoodBioSystems DTP projects are funded by the UKRI BBSRC subject to a competitive assessment to identify the strongest applicants. Due to restrictions on the funding, our studentships are only open to UK students and EU students who have lived in the UK for the past three years.

Application deadline: 6 March 2020

For more information

To find out more about us, the projects we are offering this year, and our training programme, please visit or email [email protected]

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Available Projects

FoodBioSystems DTP - 100 years of plant breeding – what have we done to the seed microbiome?Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - A machine learning approach to the metabolic profiling of a diverse heritage collection of apples and pearsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - A receptor-ligand module that triggers cell death in plants: a killer in disguiseDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Deep learning based phenotyping of crop seed banks and herbariaDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Development of novel tools including biomarkers and dietary assessment appsfor nutritional intake and metabolic biotype assessmentDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Identifying beneficial plant-microbial interactions using multi-omic approachesDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Repositioning histone modifying enzyme (HME) inhibitors as next-generation flukicidesDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Variation in forages for improved micronutrient nutrition in livestockDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Developing a new energy efficient technology for dewatering of food materialsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Food Processing with Solid State Microwave Technology for Higher Product Quality and Lower Carbon FootprintDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Predicting the ripening behaviour of mango fruit through an understanding of the progression of ripening eventsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Reducing potato losses by creating a predictive model for black dot diseaseDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Biostimulants improve soil and plant conditions to enhance the health-relatedproperties of fresh produceDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Development of different natural biopesticide formulations of plant extracts for control of economically important cereal and grass diseasesDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - DSS4Food - Development of a novel and effective post-harvest decision support system (DSS) for stored cereals to minimise mould spoilage and mycotoxins in foodDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Evaluating epigenetic and transcriptomic adaptations to climate change in Brasicca napus (oilseed rape)Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Evaluating the sustainability and nutritional benefits of alternative production systems and foodsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Genetics of root vigour in tomatoDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Reducing seed loss and waste in umbelliferous cropsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Using organic fertilisers to manipulate soil microbiology for improved nutrient bioavailabilityDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Can many biomarkers make light work of liver fluke parasite diagnostics?Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Integrating plant and animal responses to parasite infection under climate changeDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Nitrosamine formation and colorectal cancer (CRC) risk in processed meats: investigating the role of nitrites, extraneous nitrates and possible nitrite replacersDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Temperature regulation of microRNAs and crop - rhizosphere interactionsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Understanding the ecology and coevolution of aphids and parasitoids to improve natural biocontrol measures in field cropsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - What are the mechanisms driving niche specialisation within rumen plantassociated microbiomes?Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Willow (Salix spp): The potential of a tannin-rich tree fodder to reduce ammonia emissions and improve productivity of dairy cattleDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on health outcomes: does an apple aday still keep the doctor away?Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Development of integrated sustainable processes for food waste valorisationDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Diet and Chronic Disease: mechanistic studies on the impact of dietary protein on gut barrier function and the microbiota.Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Optimising the sensorial and nutritional value of plant based milk alternativesDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Removing unwanted macro, micro and nanoplastics from fresh produce productionDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Risk assessment of cakes with reduce sugar - a new detailed view on the role of microenvironmentsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Bioaccessibility of lipids from dairy products: the cheese matrixDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Enhancing the sustainability and improving quality of apple production through ecosystem service managementDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Exploring the upcycling potential of distilled grain as whole ingredients for the development of novel plant-based foods.Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Improving nutrition efficiency and milk quality in dairy productionDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Investigation into sustainability labelling of food and implications for the consumer and the food industryDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Understanding the role of glucosinolates and volatile organic compounds in resistance to aphid (Myzus persicae) infestations on Brassica oleracea cropsDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - A novel approach for reducing multiple-drug resistance in foodborne bacteria: application of CRISPR technologyDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - The impact of food transmitted endocrine disruptors on animal and human healthDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - A New Approach to the Production of Cultured Meat with Enhanced TextureDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Fundamental study of the inter-relationships between structure, physicochemical properties and sensory profile of emulsions to evaluate their potential as fat replacersDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Do cover crops increase the resilience and sustainability of the agri-food system?Details
FoodBioSystems DTP - Tackling antimicrobial resistance in dairy production: using microfluidics and smartphone technology to monitor resistance genes alongside functional antibiotic sensitivity testingDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Assessing food-borne risks of Toxocara infection in support of public health and food quality assuranceDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Dietary protein and gut barrier function: a gatekeeper of metabolic & immune healthDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Exploring the impact of plant-based diets on iodine intake in the UK populationDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Gut bacteria and their DNA as elicitors of host beneficial responsesDetails
FoodBioSystems DTP - Investigation of the capacity of a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin to increase macular pigment density, thereby potentially reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration by dietary means.Details

FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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