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BBSRC White Rose DTP Studentship - Living Under Pressure. How Guard cells cope with high inflation

   School of Biosciences

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  Prof A Fleming, Prof J K Hobbs, Prof J Gray  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Guard cells undergo massive and repeated changed in pressure as they open and close the micropores (stomata) upon which plants depend to balance lost of water against gain of CO2 for photosynthesis. The walls of these cells must have very special mechanical properties and in previous work we identified some of the molecular components of the wall involved (e.g. Current Biology (2022) 32, 3170-3179). Current Biology (2017) 27, 2974-2983). In this project you will take the next step forward to understand the nanoscale how these wall components act to control the mechanical properties of the Arabidopsis guard cell. Combining Atomic Force Microscopy with molecular genetic and enzymatic techniques to alter the wall, you will test the mechanistic link between wall structure and guard cell function.

You wil have a background in molecular and cell biology, an interest in biomechanics, and the ability to work across disciplines. You will be part of a large and vibrant research grouping based in Bioscience (4th in REF2021) and Physics (1st in REF2021), providing a supportive and stimulating environment for your PhD.

The BBSRC WR DTP and the University of Sheffield are committed to recruiting future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and we have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

Note: Relocation costs for international students to the UK (visa, insurance, NHS fees, flights, etc) will be the responsibility of the student 

Entry Requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions. 


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Programme: PhD in Mechanistic Biology (4 years)

Start Date: 1st October 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed mid February 2023

Funding Notes

This project is part of the BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology. Appointed candidates will be fully-funded for 4 years. The funding includes:
• Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£17,668 for 2022 starts)
• UK tuition fees (£4,596 for 2022)
• Research support and training grant (RSTG)
We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK and are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme

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