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DTC BIO 17 - The photosynthetic flatworm Symsagittifera roscoffensis– from autecology to biotechnology

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The intertidal acoel flatworm Symsagittifera roscoffensis contains the symbiotic microalga Tetraselmis sp., which through photosynthesis can contribute as a significant (sole) energy supplier for the host. This project aims at studying the occurrence and distribution of S. roscoffensis in south Wales and neighbouring regions, its (photo-) physiology, growth and reproduction in relation to its algal symbionts, and potential aquaculture applications of S. roscoffensis. The project involves field survey and laboratory experiments, and uniquely links basic ecology to applied science.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

Visit our webpage for details - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/research/dtc/biosciences-projects-2018-19/

Please include the project ID and title in your email subject header (eg. DTC BIO xxxxxx)

Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. – View Website

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