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  Bioinspired Robot Swarm for Monitoring Tasks
  Dr M Giannaccini, Dr A Starkey
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for one doctoral position in robotics at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen. The successful candidate will undertake research focusing on bioinspired swarm robotics for monitoring applications.
  Investigating the impact of beekeeping on wild pollinator populations in rural Cambridgeshire
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr O Norfolk, Dr A Helden, Dr T Ings
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Social impacts of decision-making processes under wildlife conservation conflicts in Scotland
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr H Wheeler, Dr N Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG), Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Mate choice, and mate choice copying in cuttlefish
  Research Group: Behavioural Ecology Research Group (BEEC)
  Dr G Cooke, Dr S Mowles
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Behavioural Ecology Research Group (BEEC) - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/behavioural-ecology.
  Social relationships and the evolution of complex cognition
  Research Group: Behavioural Ecology Research Group (BEEC)
  Dr C Wascher
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Behavioural Ecology Research Group https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/behavioural-ecology.
  The evolution of primate vocal signals: from call production to signal function
  Research Group: Behavioural Ecology Research Group (BEEC)
  Dr J Dunn, Dr C Wascher
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Behavioural Ecology Research Group (BEEC) - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/behavioural-ecology.
  Marine Mammal Ecotoxicology
  Dr G Troisi
Applications accepted all year round

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Exposure to persistent organic pollutants such has been shown to cause reproductive failure in wild seals and other aquatic mammal species and endocrine disruptive toxic mechanisms are believed to be involved.
  The role of the rumen microbiome in detoxifying forage mycotoxins and improving dairy cow health and welfare
  Prof L A Sinclair
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Project aim. To determine the effect of the rumen microbiome in detoxifying mycotoxins in grass silage when fed to dairy cows.
  Grazing and disturbance as management tools in coastal wetlands: consequences for soil organic matter, biodiversity and functional resilience
  Dr A Keith
Application Deadline: 9 June 2020

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Application details. Reference number. CENTA20-LU15. Start date. 1 October 2020. Closing date. 9 June 2020. Interview date. Week beginning 22 June 2020.
  PhD Studentship in Biosciences - Using models of human behavioural change to advance laboratory animal welfare
  Dr C Rowe
Application Deadline: 17 June 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. 28 September 2020 for 3 years. Overview. Laboratory animal welfare is of significant concern.
  PhD Studentship in Cyber Security in Farm and Companion Animal Technologies
  Dr M Mehrnezhad
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. September 2020 3.5 years. Overview. This project aims to study the security and privacy issues relating to novel technologies that is increasingly being applied to farm and companion animals.
  PhD Studentship - Elucidating the impact of prenatal antibiotic exposure on postnatal offspring performance in cattle: a data mining approach
  Dr M Velazquez, Dr M Forshaw
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. September 2020, 3.5 years duration. Overview. There is a need to develop strategies for effective application of antibiotics in animal production to ameliorate the current threat of antimicrobial resistance affecting animal and human health.
  PhD studentship in Biological Sciences - Assessing Pedagogic Benefits of the Virtual World for Enhancing Fieldwork
  Dr S Marsham, Dr R Bevan
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. September 2020. Four year PhD with Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Placement. Overview.
  Phage therapy as a treatment of Equine Strangles, and causative bacterial pathogen Streptococcus equi (ref: SF20/APP/SMITH4)
  Dr D Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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Streptococcus equi is an important equine bacterial pathogen causing the disease ‘strangles’, which affects both Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred horses around the world.
  Snake venomics and the quest for universally efficacious antivenoms (Ref: SF20/APP/MOSCHOS5)
  Dr S Moschos
Applications accepted all year round

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Snakebite and envenomation is a WHO-declared neglected tropical disease plagues 5.5 million victims globally per year, causing nearly 150,000 deaths and 400,000 permanent disabilities.
  Exploring the role of histone deacetylase inhibitors as regulators of innate immune cells activation in periodontitis
  Dr F Flores-Borja
Applications accepted all year round

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Second Supervisor. Rommel Chacon-Salinas (National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico). Background.
  Assessing the risk to plant health in the UK from future Agrilus invasions
  Dr L Kelly, Prof RA Nichols
Application Deadline: 14 June 2020

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A fully funded PhD studentship is available to start in September 2020, jointly supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Dr Laura Kelly) and Queen Mary (Prof.
  Uncovering 3D genome architecture in annelid worms
  Dr JM Martin
Applications accepted all year round

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The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  CITI-GENS DTP: Automated early detection of health and welfare compromises in pigs using video-based automatic behavioural analysis
  Prof I Kyriazakis, Dr P Miller
Application Deadline: 10 July 2020

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This project is one of those advertised under the CITI-GENS programme. For more information on the programme please visit. go.qub.ac.uk/citigens.
  Evolutionary Theory: Exploring the role of intragenomic conflict in the evolution of molecular mechanisms
  Dr F Ubeda
Applications accepted all year round

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I research how genes, individuals, and social structures can evolve making use of mathematical models.
  Flocking dynamics in birds : the role of personality and experience
  Dr S Portugal
Applications accepted all year round

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Many birds travel in flocks comprising many individuals. During flights, decisions have to be made about who leads and follows, and who is positioned where in the flock.
  Investigation of the processes that generate, maintain, and threaten biological diversity
  Dr R Riesch
Applications accepted all year round

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Research in my group addresses one of the fundamental questions in evolutionary ecology.
  Climate Change Solutions: Developmental Programming of Fish Thermal Tolerance Limits
  Dr G Galli, Dr H Shiels
Applications accepted all year round

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Climate change poses a significant threat to global biodiversity. Conservation strategies are critically dependent on a thorough understanding of the effects of fluctuating environments on animal morphology, physiology and behaviour.
  Fish Cardiac Physiology in an Era of Climate Change
  Dr H Shiels, Dr R Nudds
Applications accepted all year round

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Effective cardiac pumping is critical to supply oxygen for all physiological functions and is a primary determinant of a fish’s upper thermal tolerance.
  Lateral hypothalamus as a visual centre controlling arousal, autonomic function and reflex behaviours
  Dr T Brown, Dr D Bechtold
Applications accepted all year round

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In addition to supporting our conscious perception of the world around us, light and visual stimuli exert wide ranging effects on animal physiology and behaviour via hard-wired ‘reflexes’ which range from simple effects of light on sleep, alertness and neuroendocrine function to the avoidance of rapidly approaching objects.
  Rhythmic control of energy balance - to understand how our internal clocks regulate energy metabolism
  Dr D Bechtold, Prof D Ray
Applications accepted all year round

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24-hour rhythms are present in virtually all aspects of our behaviour and physiology. These rhythms are underpinned by circadian clocks that run throughout the body, and act within each tissue to orchestrate many organ functions and rhythmic activities (e.g.
  Epigenetic mechanisms of behavioural, placental and cognitive impairment in a neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia
  Dr R Hager, Prof J Neill, Dr J Glazier
Applications accepted all year round

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A fundamental question in disease research is how stressors experienced during critical developmental periods influence the genesis or ‘programming’ of adult disease (Estes & McAllister 2016).
  Epigenetic mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of adaptive responses
  Dr R Hager, Prof J McInerney
Applications accepted all year round

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We now live in a world of rapidly changing environmental conditions where species will need to adapt or perish. While populations may evolve in response to environmental change, more rapid responses may happen through processes like phenotypic plasticity.
  Understanding Life in the Freezer: locomotor performance as the key to understanding the possible influences of climate change in high Arctic species
  Dr J Codd, Dr R Nudds
Applications accepted all year round

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Scientific research has focused on the Arctic recently as this region is at high risk from the effects of climate change. Animal energy budgets are linked to species survival and are composed of various factors including the cost of locomotion.
  The influence of agency and engagement with animals on conservation and welfare education in zoos
  Dr K Jensen, Dr S Shulltz
Applications accepted all year round

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A defining role of zoos and museums is to educate visitors about animal welfare and conservation. One important aspect for the educational value of zoos and museums is the emotional connections visitors form.
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