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Understanding and Improving the Foliar Uptake of Amino Acids

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

PhD Studentship in Amino Acid Chemistry, Durham University (Chemistry Department) and Plant Impact (a division of Croda Europe Ltd)
(Dr John Sanderson and Dr Andrew Fowles)

Following the allocation of a BBSRC funded CTP studentship to Plant Impact, applications are invited for a 48-month joint PhD Studentship with the Chemistry Department at Durham University.

The successful applicant will have the unique opportunity to work alongside researchers within the Departments of Chemistry and Biosciences and Biophysical Sciences Institute at Durham University, and with a leading group in Global Formulation at Plant Impact, a subsidiary of Croda Europe Ltd.

• The synthesis of labelled amino acids
• Analysis of amino acid distribution in leaf tissue
• Identification and characterisation of amino acid metabolites
• Synthesis of novel amino acid derivatives
• Investigation of amino acid formulations to aid leaf uptake

For details of the project, please contact: Dr John Sanderson, .

Further information:

Our programme of research is a new collaboration between Durham University (Dr John Sanderson) and Plant Impact, a division of Croda Europe Ltd. The purpose of the project is to understand the mechanism/routes of foliar uptake of amino acids and to design potential improvements to the process. The student working on this project will work at the forefront of Chemical Biology and Analytical Chemistry. The work will be based in the Chemistry Department at Durham, and Plant Impact facilities at Rothamsted - in Harpenden. The project has the potential to realise significant impact through the development of improved Crop Enhancement products.

For more information on the Department of Chemistry and Plant Impact :

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a First class or a minimum of an Upper Second class (2.1) Honours degree, MSci, MChem or equivalent qualification in Chemistry or a related subject.

Early applications before 31 July 2019 at the latest are strongly encouraged as the position is likely to be filled if a suitable candidate is identified before the deadline.

How good is research at Durham University in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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