The Gosden PhD Studentship

The Sheila Gosden legacy, left to the University of Leeds, aims to support students studying plant science through the Gosden endowment. We are pleased to announce the first Gosden PhD Studentship in Plant Science for entry in October 2018.

We are looking for exceptional and highly motivated students to pursue a PhD in any area of plant science including the environmental modulation of plant growth and development. We encourage applicants to develop their proposed PhD project areas in conjunction with specific members of academic staff and some possible project areas are set out below.

The studentship will be supported for four years and is available for Home/EU students only. Click here for the application procedure.

Gosden PhD Studentship Topic Areas
Tom Bennett Underground whispers: how do plants detect and adapt to crowding in the rhizosphere?
Andrew Cuming How plants changed the world: identifying molecular adaptations that enabled the colonisation of terrestrial environments
Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso Cell-to-cell communication, biopolymer interactions and cell walls biophysics, root organ patterning and nitrogen-fixing symbiosis
Stefan Kepinski The anatomy of auxin perception: Understanding the formation of the auxin receptor complex
Stefan Kepinski & Tom Bennett Optimising wheat root system architecture and root function for improved performance in lower-input and precision agriculture systems
Katie Field, Stefan Kepinski & Paul Knox Roots, symbiotic fungi and soils in sub-Saharan African farming systems
Katie Field & Tom Bennett Are mycorrhizas our sustainable saviours? Untangling the interactions between crops and diverse soil fungi
Katie Field, Sarah Batterman & Ben Mills The role of diverse symbiotic fungi in the greening of the Earth >500 Mya
Alison Baker & Doug Stewart Understanding the biochemical and physiological mechanisms that allow plants to colonise and remediate alkaline waste disposal sites
Christine Foyer The effects of climate change on plant susceptibility to aphids

The CPS Postgraduate Training Environment

Our research is organised into fourteen distinct project groups each led by a member of the academic staff. As the groups occupy contiguous laboratory space and have both shared and complementary interests the environment of CPS as a whole offers postgraduates an opportunity to learn laboratory skills from a range of experienced research workers. All students participate in programmes run at the level of the Faculty of Biological Sciences designed to develop wider aspects of research and transferable skills. Two annual CPS symposia provide a forum for scientific exchange and development of presentation skills. Other courses on subjects relating to the wider culture of science such as intellectual property rights, ethics, time management, careers and IT skills are also available on the Leeds campus. Full-time training for postgraduate students is provided within active research groups. Typically, there are around 20 postgraduate students from the UK & overseas studying for research degrees in CPS.

Entry Requirements for Research Degrees

A good honours degree in a relevant science discipline such as molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany or chemistry. Applicants for Research Council studentships must be able to satisfy the eligibility criteria for a Research Council award.

Contact prospective supervisors to discuss projects, but please note that applications cannot be considered unless you apply formally through the graduate office.

Click here for a direct link to the application form.

If you have any questions either about the application process, or about requirements and eligibility for study within the Faculty, please contact:

Martha Smith
Administrative Officer (PGR Admissions)
Graduate School
Faculty of Biological Sciences
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: +44(0)113 343 8186

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