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PhD in the genomics of rapid adaptation in plants

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Dr Luke Dunning Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We invite applications for a PhD in the area of genomics and rapid adaptation in plants. Our research combines cutting-edge genomic techniques, comparative analyses and experimental approaches to understand how organisms adapt to their environment. A majority of our current research is focused on grasses, the most economically and ecologically important group of plants. We use crops and wild species to investigate three interconnected themes: [1] Pan-genome variation and local adaption; [2] The evolutionary consequences of lateral gene transfer; and [3] adaptation within a lifetime through extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA). Students will gain experience in a range of skills in genomics, evolutionary biology and plant science.

The University of Sheffield has state of the art growth facilities, molecular laboratories and high-performance computing resources, all of which will be available to the student. Our research includes lab, field and computer based studies. Further information regarding the current research and publications from the group is available at For further enquires please contact Luke Dunning .

Science Graduate School

As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you will get access to training opportunities of the Science Graduate School designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You will be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit to learn more.

Funding Notes

Applicants will need to obtain funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses. The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject

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