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 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.

Applications for the Gosden PhD Studentship in Plant Science for entry in October 2019 are now being accepted. Closing date: 20 December 2018.

The studentship will be supported for four years and is available for Home/EU students only.

Projects available

Supervisor Project
Alison Baker

Caustic response: understanding plant adaptation to high pH and its application to remediation of alkaline industrial residues

Tom Bennett Bloom and bust: how do plants know when to stop flowering?
Katie Field Give-and-take: how do plants regulate resource exchange with mycorrhizas and parasitic nematodes?
Stefan Kepinski
More crop per drop: re-engineering root system architecture for improved water uptake.
Peter Urwin Apoplastic signalling in the interaction between plant roots and parasitic nematodes.




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.