Ahrc Collaborative PhD Award PhD Studentship for From Potato Farming to Pharmaceutical Factories The Business of Plant Virus Research in Britain 1920-2020

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a PhD position in biotechnology. The deadline to apply is December 03, 2019.

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in October or January of the 2020-21 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. The successful applicant will work on a collaborative project co-led by Dr Helen Anne Curry (, Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Dr Sarah Wilmot, Library and Archives, John Innes Centre, Norwich.

This project offers the opportunity to prepare a pathbreaking historical account of twentieth-century biology and biotechnology in Britain, drawing on extensive and largely untouched archives related to plant virus research held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. The research student will investigate three distinct eras in plant virology: virus control in crop plants at the Potato Virus Research Station, molecular biological investigations at the Virus Research Unit, and the development of industrial biotechnology at the JIC Virus Research Department. The result will be a novel account of some of the most important changes in biological research in the past 100 years.

Further details of the project and its aims can be found on the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP website:

Full DTP studentships, for candidates who meet the AHRC residency requirements, will provide an annual maintenance grant to cover living costs (15,009 pa at current rates) and will fully cover university tuition fees.

Fees-only studentships are available for applicants ordinarily resident in an EU country other than the UK, but applicants can also apply for maintenance grant funding from other sources. For more details, see:

All applications will need to be made through the University Graduate Application Portal:

Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for ‘From Potato Farming to Pharmaceutical Factories: The Business(es) of Plant Virus Research in Britain, 1920-2020 and the supervisor leading the project (Dr Curry). When applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding and complete the AHRC section under “Funding”. You will also need to complete the OOC DTP Application Form and upload it as an additional document when completing your application through the portal. Application fee of 65 applies.

Enquires about the project are strongly encouraged, and should be directed to the University supervisor (

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please visit

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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