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:  Pan-genome variation and local adaption;  The evolutionary consequences of lateral gene transfer; and  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 https://dunning-lab.group.shef.ac.uk. For further enquires please contact Luke Dunning [Email Address Removed].
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 http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.