Four-year Funded Industry-linked PhDs available in Agriculture and Food Security, Bioscience for Health and Biotechnology – Starting October 2021

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.

The DTP CASE scheme offers industry-linked projects in three overarching research themes: Agriculture and Food Security; Bioscience for Health; and Biotechnology.

Projects on offer to start from October 2021 are:

  • Comparing the Physical Properties of Plant Lipid Droplets (Oleosomes) with Milk Lipid Droplets (Milk Fat Globules) in Model Food Systems
  • Determining the Contribution of Tomato Fruit Photosynthesis to Fruit Development and Quality
  • Developing a Novel Multimodal Training System to Aid Effective Recovery from Impairment of Smell, Taste and Chemesthesis
  • Developing Frameworks for Implementation of Preventive Medicine Practices in Production Animal Settings
  • Developing the Alga Euglena Gracilis as a Source of Vegan Omega Oils and Other High Value Compounds
  • Direct Sequencing of Modified Nucleotides in Viral, Host, and Therapeutic RNAs
  • Evolution of Yeast Variation During Continuous Manufacturing Processes
  • Identification and Validation of Candidate Genes for Aphid Resistance in Wheat
  • Identification of Genetic Traits for Capacity to Digest Non-Standard Feed Materials in Meat Poultry
  • Investigating Apoferritin-Encapsulated Antitumour Theranostics` Delivery – to Overcome Drug-Resistance Mechanisms
  • Novel Strain Development for the Mycoprotein Fungus Fusarium Venenatum
  • Prebiotic Improvement of Pig Gut Health and Welfare
  • Sustainable Future Foods: Mechano-enzymatic Assembly of Complex Food Structures
  • Topical Microbial Infection and Lameness in Sheep: a Novel Approach to Treatment and Antibiotic Reduction Using Liquid Bandages

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 2021. The award covers tuition fee at the home rate plus an annual stipend. This is set by the Research Councils and was £15,285 for 2020. 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

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