Current PhD Opportunities

BBSRC CTP four-year studentships for October 2018

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 ( focuses on research and development on important fruit crops in the UK.  There are six four-year PhD studentships available to start from October 2018.  These topics are:

Novel ways of managing tree crop fungal diseases – using precision diagnostic technologies to tailor disease management strategies
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_1

Realising increased photosynthetic efficiency to increase strawberry yields
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_2

Making genotyping cheaper and easier
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_3

Fruit flies and fatal fungi: exploring interactions between entomopathogens and Spotted Wing Drosophila
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_4

Investigating durable resistance to Phytophthora cactorum in strawberry and apple
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_5

Understand soil resilience to improve tree health
Ref: CTP_FCR_2018_6

Although the usual ‘BBSRC residence eligibility criteria” apply to the three studentships (, 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, citing the project reference. Application deadline is 13 April 2018.