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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Four year funded PhDs available in Agriculture and Food Security, Bioscience for Health and Biotechnology - Starting October 2022

Thanks to £15m of funding awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent in partnership with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) are offering a fully-funded innovative four-year doctoral training programme that will provide you with world-class training in biotechnology and biosciences.

The DTP offers projects in three overarching research themes: Agriculture and Food Security; Bioscience for Health; and Biotechnology. These themes encompass a wide range of blue-skies to applied research, that span multiple scales of study. Areas include crop and animal sciences from the field to cell level, precision imaging and mathematical modelling, to molecular areas of microbiology and biotechnology, and human health-related areas of neuroscience, immunology, and drug discovery.

We offer a wide range of skills development opportunities to prepare you for your career, whether in academia, industry, science policy and communication, education or beyond. You will become part of a dynamic and supportive community that exchanges ideas and learns from shared experiences.

DTP Standard Programme

You will apply to a research area, and work alongside your peers for the first six months of your studies, splitting your time between high-level training and laboratory rotations. You will also take part in a three-month placement during your third year.

DTP CASE Programme

You will apply to a specific project, working in partnership with an industry partner. You will spend 3-12 months of your PhD working on a placement with your industry partner. The available projects are:


Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.

Funding details

Funding is available for four years from late September 2022. The award covers tuition fee (£4,567) at the home rate plus an annual stipend (£15,840) for 2022. This is set by the Research Councils. UK and international candidates are eligible to apply.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Nottingham BBSRC DTP is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in its recruitment practices and throughout the delivery of our PhD programme. For 2022 recruitment, we are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for UK applicants from Black and Black mixed backgrounds.

How to apply

Learn more about the Nottingham BBSRC DTP by registering for one of our Applicant Information Webinars.

Applicants should go to www.nottingham.ac.uk/bbdtp to apply.

Enquiries should be sent to: bbdtp@nottingham.ac.uk


Closing date: Noon, Tuesday 18th January 2022.

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