Postgraduate Research

Rotation PhD programme in Plant and Microbial Sciences

Course Type: PhD : 4 Year Rotation Closing Date: 30.11.2017 Course Start Date: 01.10.2018

4-year multi-disciplinary PhD opportunity in genetics, genomics, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, crop science, biological chemistry, applied mathematics, computational and systems biology.

Our long-running flagship Rotation PhD programme is aimed at supporting the most promising independent students to undertake in-depth postgraduate training. The programme involves three internationally respected research institutions in Norwich, UK: the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Centre and the Earlham Institute. The programme, which is open to UK, EU and International students, is designed to attract outstanding applicants with excellent academic records who show potential for research at the highest level. Special features of the programme include empowerment to choose three research topics and supervisors for research rotations in the first year.

You will undertake three 10-week research projects with different supervisors located in any of the three partner institutes. You will learn from your fellow rotation students in this multidisciplinary programme through a fortnightly journal club and research presentations at the end of each rotation. You will be mentored by the programme tutor, a senior academic and a rotation student from the previous year-group. You will rapidly become familiar with a wide range of scientific approaches that encompass genetics, genomics and cell biology through to microbiology, molecular biology, crop science, biological chemistry, applied mathematics, computational biology and systems biology. The objective of the first eight months is for you to gain broad technical and theoretical training prior to the selection of a main research project and supervisor leading to the submission of the highest quality PhD thesis within a total of four years. You will be registered for your degree at the University of East Anglia.

Programme Directors: Dr Stephen Bornemann, Professor Sophien Kamoun and Dr Wilfried Haerty.

The scholarship is open to UK, EU and International students. It covers a stipend of £17,553pa (2017/8 level) plus university registration fees and a generous allowance for research consumables/training.

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