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NERC CENTA Environmental Science PhD Studentships

A number of fully funded studentships in environmental sciences are available to UK and EU students that meet the residency and qualification eligibility criteria. The research projects below are in competition for the funding. The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding. These studentships are available as part of the NERC DTP CENTA consortium. For more details of the CENTA consortium and the training opportunities available please see the CENTA website.

Application deadline: 23 January 2017 

Interviews: 13/14 February 2017

Available Projects:

Principal Supervisors

Project

Prof. Gary Bending,
School of Life Sciences

Diversity and functioning of mucoromycotan root endophytes- a newly-discovered prolific and globally distributed group of rhizosphere symbionts

Prof. Gary Bending,
School of Life Sciences

Resilience of Microbial Communities to Extreme Weather

Dr Yin Chen
School of Life Sciences

Prof. David J Scanlan,
School of Life Sciences

Ecophysiology of adaptation of marine microbes to climate change, an integrated lipidomics, transcriptomics and proteomics approach

Dr Yin Chen,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Hendrik Schäfer,
School of Life Sciences

Genetic Dark Matter? Functional characterization of the non-coding RNA regulation of microbial metabolism of climate active trace gases

Dr Gemma-Louise Davies,
Institute of Advanced Study

Dr Joseph A. Christie-Oleza,
School of Life Sciences


 

Nano-pollutants – Big Impact? Investigating the Ecotoxicological Effects of Nanomaterials in our Oceans

Dr Murray Grant,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Hendrik Schäfer,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Lijiang Song,
Chemistry


Impact of elevated CO2 on UK forests; changes to the phyllosphere and metabolome

Professor Julie Macpherson,
Chemistry

Electroanalytical Chemistry meets Lake Biogeochemistry: pH and Heavy Metal Concentration Monitoring in Lakes with Deep-Water Anoxia

Dr Andrew Millard,
Warwick Medical School

Prof. Dave Scanlan,
School of Life Sciences

Marine viruses: important players in global warming?

Dr Andre Pires da Silva,
School of Life Sciences

Prof. Robin Allaby,
School of Life Sciences

Sensing and transmission of environmental signals across generations

Dr. Marco Polin,
Physics

Dr. Joseph Christie Oleza,
School of Life Sciences

Mind the Gap: microbe-microplastic interactions

Dr Christopher Quince
 
Prof. Elizabeth Wellington,
School of Life Sciences

Tracking the transmission of antimicrobial resistance genes in aquatic environments through assembly based metagenomics

Prof. Dave Scanlan,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Claudia Blindauer,
Chemistry

Dr Yin Chen,
School of Life Sciences

Novel metal containing enzymes: missing links in the marine P cycle?

Prof. Dave Scanlan,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Andrew Millard,
Warwick Medical School

Dr Yin Chen,
School of Life Sciences

Revealing the secrets of the ‘known unknown’ genes in marine bacteria
Dr Hendrik Schäfer,
School of Life Sciences

Prof. Gary Bending,
School of Life Sciences

CITY-BUGS: is the urban microbiome distinct in diversity and functional potential?

Dr Hendrik Schäfer,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Yin Chen,
School of Life Sciences

Microbial degradation of atmospheric trace gases in salt marshes

Dr Hendrik Schäfer,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Andrew Millard,
Warwick Medical School

Bacteriophage infecting ubiquitous and abundant plant-associated bacteria

Prof. Elizabeth Wellington,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Alex Jones,
School of Life Sciences

Bacterial biofertilisation of phosphorus in the rhizosphere of agricultural crops: a multi-omics approach to alleviating food security

Prof. Elizabeth Wellington,
School of Life Sciences

Dr Lijiang Song,
Chemistry

Microbial warfare in the rhizosphere: the role of secreted peptides in the root zone

Prof. Georgy Koentges,
School of Life sciences

Prof. Robin Allaby,
School of Life Sciences

The early evolution of vertebrate hard tissues


UK and EU students:

Eligibility

This funding provides full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and pays an annual stipend in line with UK Research Councils (currently £14,296).

Application

  • View the available projects
  • Make an initial project enquiry by contacting supervisors directly.
  • Complete the online application form - choose PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences (D4P5) or PhD in Biological Sciences (C1P0) and enter NERC studentship in the Finance section by the 23rd January 2017 deadline. Please complete the attached word document CENTA application form and submit it as an attachment to your online application form.
  • Upload a transcript from your current or previous study, a CV and any other documents that you feel would support your application (within 24 hours of submitting your online applicaion you will receive a link allowing you to upload additional supporting documents).
  • Ask your referees to submit a reference for you by 30th January if possible. Note: when you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees requesting a reference for you. This email will contain a secure link for your referee to upload a reference for you.

Interviews: Early February. Exact date to be confirmed.

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