3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Crop abiotic stress modulators

Lancaster University

EU/UK funding-only but international applicants welcome

Crop abiotic stress modulators

Abiotic stress accounts for >50% of global crop yield losses. Fertilizers are widely used to maintain crop yields in the face of such losses, however their production is highly energy intensive contributing significantly to agricultural carbon emissions. New low-carbon solutions for decreasing the impact of abiotic stress on crops, thereby reducing the use of carbon-intensive fertilizers to maintain crop productivity, are therefore urgently required. This doctoral research project will help develop crop protection products that reduce abiotic stress-associated crop yield losses, increasing crop productivity, and diminishing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and diffuse environmental pollution through reduced fertilizer production and use.

Applicants should have an interest in plant physiology and hold a minimum of a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a plant biology or an associated subject.

Industry Partner

The PhD Project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Redag Crop Protection. Redag Crop Protection is a spin out from a pharmaceutical company and is dedicated to the discovery of novel agrochemicals to alleviate biotic and abiotic stress in crops globally. We are based in Alderley Park in Cheshire and have 2 teams of synthetic chemists producing novel and patent protected compounds.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth  £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.

Application details

To apply for this opportunity please email graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org with:      

Application Deadline

Sunday 20th November

Provisional interview date Monday 14th November with a view to starting in January 2017