Metabolic constraints arising from the loss of organic carbon and structure from soils
Carbon plays a huge role in soil fertility, crop production and global climate change.
Organic carbon is often implicitly linked with soil structure and its rapid loss from conventionally managed agricultural soils is a cause of serious concern. Soil without biology however, is just dirt: it is critical that we understand the consequences of carbon and structural losses for soil metabolism.
Rothamsted Research and BASF are setting up a cohort of PD studentships looking at the effects of soil health on agricultural productivity and sustainability. Two studentship projects are now underway. A new opening is now available for a student to join our applied research programme.
As the successful PhD candidate, you will work within an experienced multidisciplinary team of academics and practitioners generating insight of soil as a metabolically-active system: one within which microbial activity – the engine of soil fertility - is explicit. You will:
• Have access to imaging and modelling techniques to describe soil structure and hydrodynamics
• Generate and analyse biological sequence data from soil microbiomes and
• Have opportunities to collaborate internationally on soils where carbon is severely limited
The closing date for applications is the 9th August 2019.
Each student will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19), for 4 years. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover fees for EU/UK nationals and a Research and Training Grant to fund their research, conference attendance and networking.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in relevant subject areas.