Current PhD Opportunities

BBSRC CTP four-year studentships for October 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC ) have awarded a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR. The Collaborative Training Partnership for Fruit Crop Research (www.ctp-fcr.org) focuses on research and development on important fruit crops in the UK. We have been awarded funding for three additional PhD studentships under the NPIF (National Productivity Investment Fund) scheme, which supports the UK Industrial Strategy.  These PhD studentships are available to start from October 2017 and will last four years.  The following topics have been approved by BBSRC:

Novel ways of managing tree crop fungal diseases – using precision diagnostic technologies to tailor disease management strategies
Student to be registered with the University of Reading
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_6

Optimising the light recipe for maximum photosynthesis, yield and quality in strawberry
Student to be registered with the University of Lincoln
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_7

Application of novel machine learning techniques and high speed 3D vision algorithms for real time detection of fruit
Student to be registered with the University of Lincoln
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_8

Although the usual ‘BBSRC residence eligibility criteria” apply to the three studentships (http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/), we will consider applicants from other jurisdictions under exceptional circumstances. Anyone interested should send your application (CV, cover letter, personal statement and two names for reference) to  recruitment@emr.ac.uk, citing the project reference. Application deadline is 31st July 2017.

One re-advertised studentship

Mechanisms of winter dormancy break and how to better influence in the context of climate change
Student to be registered with University of Reading
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_2

Only applicants who meet ‘BBSRC residence eligibility criteria” are eligible for the funding. Please consult http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/ for details. Anyone interested should send your application (CV, cover letter, personal statement and two names for reference) to  recruitment@emr.ac.uk, citing the project reference. Application deadline is 31st July 2017.

Previous studentships

UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) awarded a collaborative training partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR (www.CTP-FCR.org). The CTP programme focuses on research and development on important fruit crops in the UK.  There are five PhD studentships available to start from October 2017 on the following topics:

Developing a push-pull strategy for the management of Drosophila suzukii
Student to be registered with NRI, University of Greenwich
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_1

Mechanisms of winter dormancy break and how to better influence in the context of climate change
Student to be registered with University of Reading
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_2

Biocontrol as a key component to manage brown rot diseases on stone fruit
Student to be registered with University of Reading
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_3

Combining root architecture, root function and soil management to improve production efficiency and quality of apples
Student to be registered with University of Nottingham
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_4

Pests, plants and parasitoids: how does climate variability affect tri-trophic interactions in apple orchards?
Student to be registered with University of Reading
Ref: CTP_FCR_2017_5

Send your applications (CV, cover letter, personal statement and two references) to recruitment@emr.ac.uk, citing the project reference. Application deadline is 21 March 2017.