viernes, 3 de mayo de 2013

6 PhD para Agrónomos o disciplinas similares en UK

Buenas tardes a todos. Mientras mi cromatograma pincha la secuencia que le he ordenado y que muy obediente me va hacer, aprovecho para comentaros que han salido 6 tesis doctorales para Agrónomos y similares en UK para el 2013. El último día para presentar la solicitud es el 31 de Mayo. Así que aun queda un mes, tiempo de sobra para preparar una buena candidatura. Todas ellas relacionadas con el sistema radicular y la interacción raiz-planta. 

FUTUREROOTS PhD studentships 2013

Project Overview

The European Research Council (ERC) and University of Nottingham are co-funding a total of 6 PhD studentships as part of the ERC FUTUREROOTS project awarded to a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB) led by Professor Malcolm Bennett. A brief background to the ERC FUTUREROOTS project and details about each PhD project are attached. Further details about the ERC FUTUREROOTS project can be found at
Applications are invited (to include a CV and cover letter describing your experience and suitability for which PhD position) before the deadline of Friday May 31st 2013. Those candidates selected will be invited to interview on Friday June 7th at the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus. Applications should be emailed to Professor Malcolm Bennett’s secretary Jennifer Dewick (

Scientific Background

Food security represents a pressing global issue. Crop production has to double by 2050 to keep pace with global population growth increasing to 9 billion. This target is even more challenging given the impact of climate change on water availability and the drive to reduce fertilizer inputs to make agriculture become more environmentally sustainable. In both cases, developing crops with improved water and nutrient uptake efficiency would provide the solution. Root architecture critically influences nutrient and water uptake efficiency. For example, rooting depth impacts the efficient acquisition of soil nitrogen (and water) since nitrate leaches deep into the soil. In contrast, phosphate use efficiency could be significantly improved without increasing root depth by manipulating the angle of root growth to better explore the topsoil where this macronutrient accumulates. Despite this knowledge, the genes that regulate root traits such as angle, depth and density in crops remain to be identified.
Our multidisciplinary team recently received over £6M from the European Research Council (ERC), Wolfson Foundation and University of Nottingham to create a unique X-ray based root-imaging facility to select new varieties of wheat with improved nutrient and water uptake efficiency. This cutting edge facility will accommodate ERC funded postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, X-ray imaging research equipment and automated growth facilities in one state-of-the-art building and fully automated greenhouse complex. See for further details.

PhD Studentship Summaries:

- ERC PhD 1: High Throughput micro X-ray Computed Tomography Imaging of Root-Soil Interactions
Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Sacha Mooney (

- ERC PhD 2: High Throughput Image Analysis of micro X-ray Computed Tomography Datasets

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Sacha Mooney (

- ERC PhD 3: Exploring the role of root architecture traits in water use efficiency
Informal enquiries may be addressed to: John Foulkes (

- ERC PhD 4: Exploring the role of root architecture traits in improving nitrate use efficiencyInformal enquiries may be addressed to: Darren Wells (

- ERC PhD 5: Statistical modelling of root system architecture
 Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Andrew Wood (

- ERC PhD 6: Mathematical modelling of root-soil interactions.Informal enquiries may be addressed to: John King (

Un saludo, y mucha suerte!

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