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PhD Studentships in crop molecular genetics

Applications are invited for 4 year PhD studentships in crop molecular genetics to work with Profs Uta Paszkowski and Giles Oldroyd at the Crop Science Centre as part of the Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa Project (ENSA:

The research projects focus on the mechanisms by which plants regulate beneficial symbioses in cereals. The projects will continue ongoing efforts to understand the integration of permissive and non-permissive fertilizer conditions on symbiosis development and across cereal root types (Gutjahr et al., PNAS 2015). The projects use molecular genetics, physiology and cell biological approaches. The successful applicants should have a background in plant biology.

Interested candidates should first make informal enquiries about this post to Prof Uta Paszkowski before 31st October.

These studentships provide up to 4 years maintenance and tuition fees at the standard UKRI rate. They are open to UK citizens or international students who meet the UK residency requirements or are able to augment the funds to cover the extra costs associated with international student fees.

To apply for this studentship, candidates must apply through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal not later than 14 January for an Easter 2021 start or 30th June for a Michaelmas 2021 start. The portal is at: and there is a £70 fee for PhD applications.

One appointment will be known as The Trinity Cawthorn PhD Studentship in Crop Sciences. To be considered for this an application must also be made by 8th Jan for a Michaelmas 2021 start via

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