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BSRC-CASE Studentship: Identification of genetic regulators of photosynthetic carbon storage in wheat

Supervisor: Alex Webb with Dr Matthew Hannah, Bayer CropScience, Ghent Belgium

We are seeking applicants of the highest quality for an interdisciplinary PhD project that will provide an interesting and challenging training experience. The experimental training comprises investigations of the control of the daily turnover of carbon in crop plants. The basic mechanisms by which crop plants make decisions concerning the allocation of carbon for growth versus storage are not understood. This research will provide the opportunity to investigate the basic biochemical processes that regulate growth, in the context of delivering improved crop yield. The research will be underpinned by excellent basic science, whilst translating to deliver impact, and training in wheat and barley crop genetics and physiology. The collaboration will enable the transfer of knowledge from Arabidopsis to crops. The programme will provide advanced training in molecular crop physiology, developing the skills of an outstanding student who wants to investigate a central question in biology in the context of crop physiology and cereal genomics. Bayer CropScience will ensure the research training is complemented by developing awareness and competence in industry relevant skills.

Eligibility. You should have, or expect to obtain, a first class degree in a relevant discipline. This is a fully funded studentship providing fees and living expenses for UK applicants. EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for education purposes for three years might be eligible for a full award. Other EU applicants might be eligible for a “fees-only award”.

Applications. Please submit a CV, covering letter and the names and addresses of two referees to Prof Alex Webb (alex.webb@plantsci.cam.ac.uk).

This is a BBSRC-CASE Studentship