Exploring how RNA splicing influences the transcriptional landscape of hexaploid wheat

Vacancy details:

Supervisor: Prof Athony Hall
Co-supervisor: Dr Wilfried Haerty
Reference: HALLA_E24DTP
Start date: 01 October 2024
Application deadline: 20 November 2023
Funding 4-year Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) PhD funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Wheat is an important global crop and supplies a fifth of food calories and protein to the world’s population. 

This project builds on decades of research in wheat genomics, genetics and approaches developed in model organisms. You will be investigating the extent of alternative splicing in wheat, as well as how alternative splicing generates variation and complexity in the wheat genome that will be key in the development of future climate-proof wheat varieties.

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to work on the genomics of one of the world's major crops. 

You will join a dynamic research team with an extensive network of national and international collaborators in both academia and industry. 

This PhD will provide training to cultivate expertise in bioinformatics, genomics and wheat genetics. It will also provide the opportunity to develop data science and machine learning skills to understand complex datasets.  .

You will be based at the Earlham Institute on Norwich Research Park, a centre of excellence for genomics and data-driven research with advanced sequencing and computing facilities and excellent scientific training. 

You will also contribute to the Institute's strategic programme Decoding Biodiversity, alongside scientists from a range of disciplines.

Further Information:

Application deadline: Monday 20 November 2023 (23:59 i.e.,midnight).

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 23, 24 or 25 January 2024.

Visit the NRPDTP website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

Our partners value diverse and inclusive work environments that are positive and supportive. Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.

This project is awarded with a 4-year Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) PhD studentship.

The studentship includes payment of tuition fees (directly to the University), a stipend to cover living expenses (2023/4 stipend rate: £18,622), and a Research Training Support Grant of £5,000pa for each year of the studentship.

Entry requirements:
At least UK equivalence Bachelors (Honours) 2:1 or UK equivalence Master's degree. English Language requirement (Faculty of Science equivalent: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6 in each category).


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