Current PhD Opportunities

BBSRC CTP four-year studentships for October 2019

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 industry-led research and development on important fruit crops in the UK.

Anyone interested should contact the FCR-CTP administrator for an application form and return the form to the FCR-CTP administrator before the deadline of 30th April 2019. Please cite specific topic references and also note the eligibility specified for each topic.

We are offering exciting fully funded PhD opportunities on the following topics:

Using machine learning to predict apple fruit ripeness and post-storage fruit quality with surface microbiomes, climatic and imaging data
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_1

Accurate control of a low-cost soft robotic arm for automated strawberry picking
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_2

How does nutritional status affect plant immunity and disease?
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_3

Making genotyping cheaper and easier
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_4

Carbon sequestration potential of apple rootstocks: the role of root recalcitrance, rhizodeposition, and the rhizosphere microbiome
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_5

Resistance and susceptibility in interactions between apple and woolly aphids
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_6

Powdery mildew resistance in strawberry fruit
Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_7