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Declining Male Fertility: Investigations of plausible environmental risk factors in the Racehorse Breeding Stallion

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  • Full or part time
    Dr R Sumner
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The aim of this studentship is to assess the fertility potential of breeding stallions and explore a possible environmental aetiology. We aim to assess whether the management practices of the breeding stallion are a potential cause for reproductive perturbations. This body of research shall investigate if chemicals are present amongst a variety of samples associated with management of the thoroughbred breeding stallion. In addition, where possible, the genomic and non-genomic effects of any investigated chemicals shall be tested on endocrine and sperm function in vitro. These data shall provide a putative understanding of the future fertility potential of the breeding stallion.

For more information and for an initial discussion please contact Dr Rebecca Sumner [Email Address Removed]

Description of studentship:

Hartpury is pleased to be offering three fully funded studentship to start on 1 October 2019. This studentship will be based in the Equine Performance Research Arena at University Centre, Hartpury. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of new Postgraduate Community in an idyllic rural setting, with world leading facilities undertaking impactful and cutting-edge practice-based and industry related research. University of the West of England is the awarding body for this degree.

Studentships comprise tuition fees at home / EU rates and a stipend of GBP 13k per year tenable for 3 years. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked (as a condition of their stipend) to deliver up to 7 hours per week teaching or research support within the department in which the PhD is hosted.

PhD Studentship Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be taken into account when considering applications:

 The strength of your professional and academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or professional experience
 The quality, invention and viability of ideas relating to the research project you are applying for
 The contribution you are able to make to the Hartpury research community and your host department, in terms of both research and teaching

Candidates should also be aware of the following:

The normal expectation is that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a Masters qualification from
a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. The
candidate’s degree relevant to the studentship should demonstrate their potential for practiceled
research or alternative evidence of research aptitude.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a recognised English language
qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS
score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).

Applying for a PhD studentship
To apply for a PhD studentship you must send the following documents to
[Email Address Removed]:

 A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
 A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship
 A recent piece of critical writing you have completed (max 3000 words)
 If English is not your first language, certification of English language qualification

Applications that do not arrive by Midnight (UK time) on Friday 7 June will not be considered.
If your application is selected. You will be invited for interview on Wednesday 19 June. All
applicants must ensure their availability on this date.
Key dates
7 June 2019: Deadline for submission of applications
14 June 2019: Interview invitations sent to shortlisted candidates*
19 June 2019: Interviews at Hartpury
28 June 2019: Studentships announced
5 July 2019: Deadline for accepting studentship
1 October 2019: Studentship begins

* Please note that by submitting an application you are confirming your availability to
interview on 19 June.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure
that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All
successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along
with other relevant employment checks.

Hartpury values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the
community.


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