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How do plants interpret and respond to their complex and fluctuating environment? (DODDJ20DTP)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a NRPDTP funded studentship to investigate how plants combine (integrate) multiple environmental cues to regulate a single signalling pathway required for environmental adaptation of photosynthesis. The project will be based in the laboratories of Antony Dodd and Richard Morris at the John Innes Centre. The project will use circadian and environmental signalling by sigma factors as a tool to study the computation that is performed by plant cells when combining several environmental signals. The project will also investigate the physiological benefits of environmental signal integration.

Both supervisors are committed to provide an excellent research experience. They will provide training in fundamental plant sciences research using Arabidopsis, and a variety of standard methods for investigating molecular aspects of plant signal transduction. Training will also be provided in specialized methods for investigation of circadian rhythms (e.g. collection and mathematical analysis of circadian time course data), mathematical modelling of signal transduction pathways, and paper preparation. The student will have the opportunity to shape the project according to their findings and interests and will be supported to produce an excellent PhD thesis and publications.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the studentship competition. Candidates will be interviewed on either the 7th, 8th or 9th January 2020.

The NRP DTP offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4-year 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 students undertake a three-month professional internship (PIPS) during their study. The internship offers exciting and invaluable work experience designed to enhance professional development. Full support and advice will be provided by our Professional Internship team. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website:

Funding Notes

For funding eligibility guidance, please visit our website: View Website. Full Studentships cover a stipend (2019/0 rate: £15,009pa), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

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