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The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Tuesday 17 January 2023
Reference:  SCI2133

Four year funded PhDs available in Agriculture and Food Security, Bioscience for Health and Biotechnology - Starting October 2023

Thanks to £15m of funding awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent in partnership with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) are offering a fully-funded innovative four-year doctoral training programme that will provide you with world-class training in biotechnology and biosciences.

The DTP offers projects in three overarching research themes: Agriculture and Food Security; Bioscience for Health; and Biotechnology. These themes encompass a wide range of blue-skies to applied research, that span multiple scales of study. Areas include crop and animal sciences from the field to cell level, precision imaging and mathematical modelling, to molecular areas of microbiology and biotechnology, and human health-related areas of neuroscience, immunology, and drug discovery.

We offer a wide range of skills development opportunities to prepare you for your career, whether in academia, industry, science policy and communication, education or beyond. You will become part of a dynamic and supportive community that exchanges ideas and learns from shared experiences.

DTP Standard Programme

You will apply to a research area, and work alongside your peers for the first six months of your studies, splitting your time between high-level training and laboratory rotations. You will also take part in a three-month placement during your third year.

DTP CASE Programme

You will apply to a specific project, working in partnership with an industry partner. You will spend 3-12 months of your PhD working on a placement with your industry partner. The available projects are:

1. Exploiting wheat-wild relative introgression lines and synthetics for resistance to viral diseases under climate change.

2. The impacts of carbohydrate and protein interactions in novel feed ingredients on amino acid digestibility.

3. A chemistry-first approach to uncovering novel natural products from a proprietary strain collection of rare and unexplored bacteria.

4. Precious metal biorecovery using microbial factory.

5. Machine Learning for predicting yeast phenotype from genotype for biotech applications.

6. The development of bacteriophage as bionanoparticles for gene therapy.

7. Optimising plant symbiotic bacteria through quorum-sensing and engineering biology approaches for delivery of climate-smart, sustainable nitrogen fertilizer for agriculture.

8. Understanding Mechanisms Driving Lung Disease Caused by Environmental Particulate Matter.

9. Precision Sprouting Technology for Grains and Pulses with Targeted Nutrition and Quality Traits.

10. Structural and copy number variation analysis using adaptive long read sequencing.

11. To seal or not to seal.  Characterisation of root sealing regulatory mechanisms in plant colonised by microbes.

12. Exploring the association between temperature and sweetness perception and the role of different composition on sweetness perception.



Applications are invited from students with backgrounds in Bioscience, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical/Biochemical/Process Engineering, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Maths or related disciplines who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.

Funding details

Funding is available for four years from late September 2023. The award covers tuition fee at the home rate plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and was £17,668 for 2022. UK and international candidates are eligible to apply.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Nottingham BBSRC DTP is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in its recruitment practices and throughout the delivery of our PhD programme. For 2022 recruitment, we are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for UK applicants from Black and Black mixed backgrounds.

How to apply

Learn more about the Nottingham BBSRC DTP by registering for one of our Applicant Information Webinars.

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Closing date: Noon, Tuesday 17th January 2023.

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