Four-year Funded PhDs available – Starting October 2022

Job Description

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.

Our Standard DTP programmes cover three research themes: Agriculture and Food Security; Bioscience for Health; and Biotechnology. In addition to our standard programme, we also have DTP CASE scheme offers industry-linked projects in:

Projects on offer to start from October 2022 are:

  • Diversifying world agriculture – a common framework for crop data comparison
  • Strategies to understand and reduce the spoilage potential of low and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Right place, Right time: Targeted auxin delivery to improve tree cutting propagation
  • Novel Utilisation of Trigeminal Stimulants as Bioactive Ingredients to Design Innovative and Improved Oral-care Formulations in Scientific and Sustainable Ways
  • A Minimally Invasive Stable-isotope Approach to Determine Nutrient Handling Across the Life-Course
  • Perineuronal Nets in Cognition and Behaviour
  • Screening for anti-cancer agents against the smoothened receptor using novel mass spectrometry-based methodology
  • Mathematical modelling of oral microbiome resilience
  • Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Biomanufacturing
  • Structural and copy number variation analysis using adaptive long read sequencing
  • Developing the Alga Euglena Gracilis as a Source of Vegan Omega Oils and Other High Value Compounds
  • Evolving novel yeast expression hosts for large scale biomaterial and biologic production
  • Synthetic Biology of Methane Oxidising Bacteria for the Production of High-quality Feed Protein

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 also become part of a community that exchanges ideas and learns from shared experiences within and across student groups. You will 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.


Funding is available for four years from late September 2022. The award covers tuition fee at the home rate plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and was £15,863 for 2022. We are able to offer a limited number of places to international applicants and alternative funding sources will be sought to support international fees.

Job Requirements

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

How To Apply

Applicants should go to to apply.

Deadline for application is noon 12:00 Tuesday 18th Jan 2022.

This studentship is available to UK, EU, and International students. EU applicants who have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of their studies may be eligible to have Home/British fee status, pending on assessment.

Enquiries should be sent to:

Please quote ref: BBSRC Standard programme or CASE

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