Free open Job in North, South & Central America PhD Studentship – Advancing grain number in wheat through genomics enabled breeding at University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham – Biosciences

Location: Sutton Bonington

Supervisor: John Foulkes

Secondary Supervisor: Erik Murchie

Subject Area: Crop Science

Research Title: Advancing grain number in spring wheat through genomics enabled breeding

Research Description Grain yields of wheat are predicted to need to be doubled in the next 30 years to achieve food security. Yield is limited by grain number, and identifying traits to enhance grain number and maximize assimilate allocation to grain, while understanding the genetic regulation of traits will be critical for raising yields. This project aims to develop new molecular markers for grain partitioning traits to enhance yield in spring wheat. This is a field and laboratory based project which will develop skills in physiological trait analysis and molecular genetics. Biochemical assays will be employed to test plant signalling pathways associated with grain number. The project is a collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) in Mexico and there will be the opportunity to learn and apply the latest plant breeding and genomics technologies.

This project will be primarily based in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, with extended periods based at CIMMYT, Mexico, and the primary supervisor will be Dr John Foulkes.

Award Start Date: 01/07/2017

Duration of Award: 36 months

Terms and Conditions: The scholarship is for three years and will cover PhD tuition fees for UK/EU students, plus a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum (2016/17 rate). Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students.

Applicant Qualification Requirements: Applications are invited from students who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK; or students with an appropriate Masters degree.

How to Apply: Candidates should send a covering letter, detailed CV, including university grades/predicted grades together with the names and contact details of two referees to John.Foulkes@nottingham.ac.uk

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