PhD Scholarship at University of Cambridge

A PhD funding is available in biology at University of Cambridge. To be eligible, candidates must hold European citizenship. Applicants should apply before January 25, 2016.

The project will focus on wheat, Europe ’s main crop, and the testing of new genomic methods to accelerate genetic gain. Realising the investment of the public and private sector in the generation of next-generation tools is essential to deliver improved wheat varieties to farmer ’s fields. The project will use a suite of complementary resources to test emerging quantitative genetic approaches, such as genomic selection, in elite wheat populations. The approaches proposed range from field phenotyping, including the employment of ground - and aerial-based sensor technology to bioinformatics and the development of flexible genetic markers for use in breeding. The partnership with RAGT Seeds Ltd is integral to delivering new knowledge directly to breeding. As part of the iCASE studentship the successful applicant will have the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary team at RAGT Seeds Ltd including plant breeders, molecular geneticists and statisticians.
The studentship will cover a stipend (currently £ 14,057 pa), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who meet the residency requirements outlined by the BBSRC:
Application Requirements
- The successful application should have a background in biological science and an interest in plant science and crop breeding. Knowledge of quantitative genetics and molecular biology, or a willingness to develop the relevant skills, will be an essential requirement.
- Previous experience in bioinformatics is also desirable. The successful applicant must be willing to work in a range of conditions, including in the field, and previous experience working with cereal crops is desirable. The student must be willing to work within the pre-breeding team and also independently, with flexible working at peak times.
- The successful applicant will be obliged to complete two 10-week rotation placements in other laboratories and SysMIC (Systems training in Maths, Informatics and Computational Biology) as part of the Cambridge DTP iCASE programme.
How to apply?
- For more details about the research please contact Dr Alison Bentley;
- Please email a covering letter, CV and publications list to: or post to the HR Office, NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE, quoting reference T/309.
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