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New Hutton PhD studentship opportunities for 2021

Winners of our 2020 postgraduate event (c) James Hutton Institute
Winners of our 2020 postgraduate event (c) James Hutton Institute
Throughout their studies PhD students receive support and mentoring from their Institute supervisors and our Postgraduate Student Liaison Team.

New opportunities for PhD projects at the James Hutton Institute are now being advertised on PhD projects are being offered by all five of our science departments covering many aspects of our work. All projects are funded jointly between the Institute and participating universities.

At the James Hutton Institute, we value the important contribution students make to the development of our scientific excellence and the expertise, talent and knowledge graduates bring to our research community. The Institute provides a research environment where technical and intellectual competency can flourish.

Throughout their studies, PhD students receive support and mentoring from their Institute supervisors and our Postgraduate Student Liaison Team to ensure students achieve a high degree of intellectual freedom, whilst equipping them with the comprehensive range of scientific and transferable skills demanded of today's scientists.

Our new PhD studentship opportunities are:

Cell and Molecular Sciences PhD Projects

  • A Grain of Salt, University of Dundee
  • EASTBIO: Functional Analysis of RXLR Effectors in P. rubi and P. fragariae, University of Dundee
  • EASTBIO: Investigating the Underlying Molecular and Cell Biology of Emerging Disease Threats to Trees, University of Dundee

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences PhD Projects

  • Factors Influencing the Dissemination of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment, Edinburgh Napier University
  • EASTBIO: Defining the Genetic Basis of Barley Metabolite Content to Improve Crop Quality and Resilience in an Uncertain Environment, University of Dundee
  • EASTBIO: Effect of Nematode and Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis
  • Infections on the Ovine Intestinal Microbiome, University of Edinburgh

Ecological Sciences PhD Projects

  • Can Increased Plant Diversity Restore Soil-Associated Ecosystem Services in Agroecosystems Experiencing Variable Rainfall Patterns?, Lancaster University
  • Developing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to Discern the Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts of Conventional and Sustainable Crop Rotations Across the Value-Chain, University of Coventry
  • The Microbial Black Box of Soil – Does What’s Inside Matter?, University of Edinburgh
  • POSITIVE - Evaluating Plant POlyphenol Effects on SoIl FuncTional DIVErsity, Abertay University
  • Utilisation of Single and Multiple Species Cover Crops for the Suppression of Soil Borne Nematodes of Narcissus, Harper Adams University

Information and Computational Sciences PhD Projects

  • Accurate Analysis of Nanopore Sequence Data to Drive Crop Improvement, University of York
  • Applications of Machine Learning to Precision Management of Potato Cyst Nematode, University of Cambridge

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences PhD Projects

  • Island Migration and the National Islands Plan, University of Aberdeen
  • The Housing ‘Trilemma’: The Practice of Precarity in Rural Scotland, University of St Andrews

BioSS PhD Projects

  • EASTBIO: How to Achieve Pesticide-Free Aphid Control – By Doing the Maths, University of St Andrews

Full details of the projects offered can be viewed on

Application forms can be obtained by emailing

Closing date for applications is 6th January 2021.

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