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Supercharging photosynthesis to feed the world (HALLE20DTP2)

  • 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

To feed an ever-increasing population we must produce more of the crops that sustain us. Wheat provides 20% of the total calories consumed worldwide and we need to increase our productivity to avoid food shortages. In wheat, photosynthetic efficiency is as yet unoptimized and the role of photoprotection in crop productivity is still unclear.

This project aims to identify the genes and biochemical pathways that underpin photosynthetic efficiency and photoprotection in wheat using genetics, genomics and machine learning. Based in the Anthony Hall lab at the Earlham Institute and in collaboration with the Griffiths lab at the John Innes Centre and the wheat physiology group at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico, this PhD will be an International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) aligned project, providing the opportunity to collaborate with a worldwide community of crop scientists. There will also be opportunities to visit CIMMYT’s world leading crop research centre in Mexico.

The project will use a broad range of techniques and technologies and provide training in bioinformatics, machine learning, crop genetics and crop physiology.

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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