The Institute of Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University & Fera Science Ltd. IAFRIs mission is to conduct frontier agri-food research in topics relating to Fera Science Ltd’s core business in plant protection, food safety and environmental sustainability.
This year’s research theme is Transforming Food Production and we are looking for projects in the following areas:
There are five studentships available from 10 projects to choose from based on the current themes. Students will be based at either Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York. Each award provides a 3 year PhD with 100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend (minimum £15,009) Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.
|Bio-plastic for Food packing||Details|
|Developing a molecular toolkit for breeding of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens||Details|
|Development of formulations incorporating functional excipients for the oral delivery of insecticidal peptides/dsRNA into insect pests||Details|
|Discovery and development of carbohydrate active enzymes (CAZymes) for degradation of plant pathogenic biofilms||Details|
|Evaluation of the properties of organic substrates following use in insect bioconversion systems||Details|
|Ferric phosphate molluscicide: A new direction or a new environmental problem?||Details|
|In-field pathogen detection and genotyping using CRISPR/Cas biosensing technology||Details|
|Integrated sensing technologies for rapid tree health assessment||Details|
|Investigating the potential of Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) using the iKnife for real-time identification of quarantine pest||Details|
|The effects of soil management practices on CAZyme expression by soil microbial communities and their influence on soil structure and crop production||Details|
You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.
Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.
Further application guidance can be found within each project outline.
You should also send a covering letter and CV to Mr Steven Hall [email protected]) The online application system will only allow one application for an IAFRI studentship. If you are applying for TWO projects then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions [email protected] and Steven Hall [email protected] with the following information:
Closing date is Midnight on Sunday 7th April 2019 (BST). Interviews will take place during April/May 2019.
For enquiries please contact Steven Hall, Institute Manager: