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University of Adelaide-University of Nottingham Joint Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications are invited for six fully funded 4-year PhD studentships in the Joint Doctoral Training Partnership between The Universities of Adelaide and Nottingham. This innovative doctoral training programme aims to address key issues associated with Agriculture and Food Security.

The student cohort will be co-supervised by staff at both universities and will undertake a minimum period of research of one year at each institution. The Adelaide-Nottingham Doctoral Scholars, will be primarily based on the Waite Campus in Adelaide or on the Sutton Bonington campus in Nottingham. Both campuses are renowned for their world-leading research in Agriculture and Food Sciences, and their outstanding facilities for research and teaching.

PhD graduates will obtain a jointly awarded degree from the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham. The studentships will cover PhD tuition fees, plus a stipend corresponding to the standard research council rate in the UK or the RTPS rate in Australia. Subject to satisfactory progress, the duration of the stipend will be up to 4 years including time spent at joint workshops.

The following projects are available to start from October 2015.

    Host University: Nottingham

  1. Functional analysis of genes controlling barley inflorescence and flower development during abiotic stress
  2. Visualisation and analysis of combined shoot and root phenotyping data
  3. Long-term health effects of fatty acids in pregnancy

  4. Host University: Adelaide

  5. Defining the role of cellulose-synthase-like genes in barley root development
  6. Manipulating the soil microbiome for improved plant response to nitrogen and drought stress
  7. Selenium dynamics in cereal biofortification: optimising fertilizer formulation and crop residue management

Eligibility: All students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 Honours degree and/or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (Australia:- Honours is first class or 2A) in a Biologically related subject area.

Extented Application Deadline: Friday 31 July 2015.

Application Process

University of Nottingham Projects (1, 2 & 3)

Please apply online by sending your cv to the principal project supervisor (see project details); please provide a covering letter to indicate your interests and why you are applying to the “Joint Nottingham-Adelaide Programme”, and select the specific project that you wish to apply for. Please copy your application to

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the individual project supervisors or

University of Adelaide Projects (4, 5 & 6)

Please apply online at: using the domestic (Australian Permanent Residents/ Citizens) or international application as appropriate; please upload a covering letter indicating the specific project that you wish to apply for, your interests and why you are applying together with your CV.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the individual project supervisors or


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