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Applying next generation genetic approaches for trait discovery in the commercial vegetable industry (HALLA_E22CASE)

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About the Project

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to help give herb crops an unprecedented commercial makeover, using cutting-edge genetics and bioinformatics approaches.

Having a fully assembled genome is no longer the reserve of a few model organisms or major crops. This opens the way for translation of next generation genetic approaches to less well-resourced crops, so called “orphan crops”.

This PhD project is a collaboration between the Earlham institute and Elsoms Seeds Ltd. It aims to use recently generated genomic resources for commercial herb crops, belonging to the carrot and parsley family (Apiaceae), to investigate the genetic variation driving phenotypic variation in traits associated with flowering.

This PhD will provide training to cultivate expertise in bioinformatics, genomics, plant genetics and flowering. It will also provide experience for the student in a commercial breeding programme and working with growers. 

The student will be based at the Earlham Institute on Norwich Research Park, a centre of excellence for genomics and data-driven research with cutting edge sequencing and computing facilities and excellent scientific training.

The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is open to UK and international candidates for entry October 2021 and offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4-year PhD research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. All NRPDTP CASE students undertake a three to 18-month placement with the non-academic partner during their study. The placement offers experience designed to enhance professional development. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the NRPDTP. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Tuesday 25th January, Wednesday 26th January and Thursday 27th January 2022.

Visit our website for further information on eligibility and how to apply:

Our partners value diverse and inclusive work environments that are positive and supportive. Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.

Funding Notes

This project is awarded with a 4-year Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) PhD CASE studentship. The studentship includes payment of tuition fees (directly to the University), a stipend for each year of the studentship (2021/22 stipend rate: £15,609), and a Research Training Support Grant for each year of the studentship of £5,000 p.a. plus a CASE Partner RTSG contribution of £1,400 p.a.
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