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New PhD studentship opportunities announced

Winners of our 2018 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 Groups 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.

Cell and Molecular Sciences PhD Projects

  • The Role of E3 Ligases on the Modulation of Recombination in Cereals – University of Reading
  • A Few Bad Potatoes:  Modelling Economic Aspects of Disease Control in Seed Potatoes – University of Strathclyde
  • Developing a High-Throughput Platform in Barley to Screen for Resistance to Aphids – University of Dundee
  • Plasmodesmal Gating by a Contractile Cellular Machinery – University of St Andrews

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences PhD Projects

  • Developing a Multi-Pollutant Water Quality Model to Evaluate Spatial Targeting of Land Management Interventions to Reduce Water Pollution – University of Reading
  • The Role of Rainfall Dynamics in Influencing River Water Quality – University of Aberdeen
  • How Can Knowledge of Hillslope Soils Help to Prevent Flooding Through Changes in Land Management? – University of Dundee
  • Utilising Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy for the Characterisation of Interdial Sediments – University of St Andrews
  • Novel Constructed Wetland (CWs) Treatment Options for Rural Works – University of Cranfield
  • Behaviour of Clostridium Species in Anaerobic Digestate: Risks and Benefits – University of Nottingham

Ecological Sciences PhD Projects

  • Managing Rare Arable Weeds to Promote Soil Function and Support Maintenance of Barley Yields – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Long Term Impacts of Peatland Restoration on Hydrological Function – University of Leeds
  • The Microbial Black Box of Soil - Does What's Inside Matter – University of Edinburgh
  • Phytophagus Mite Control in Raspberry:  Integrating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches – Keele University
  • The Interactions of Plant, Microbial and Physico-Chemical Controls on Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in the Rhizosphere – University of Aberdeen
  • The Ecological Implications of Agricultural Probiotics on the Local Soil Microbiome – University of Sheffield
  • Determining the Effect of Urbanization on the Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Aquatic Environments – University of Strathclyde
  • Assessing Drought Resilience of Restored Peatlands Using Combined Optical and Microwave Satellite Data – University of Reading

Information and Computational Sciences PhD Projects

  • Balancing Nutritional Food Security and Biodiversity in a Globalized World – University of Edinburgh
  • Novel Computational Method Development for Shotgun Proteomics – University of Dundee
  • Bayesian Network Approaches for Vulnerability Assessment and Management of Diffuse Groundwater Pollution – University of  Aberdeen
  • Transdisciplinary Analysis of the Likelihood of Farming Community Adoption of Different Soil Restoration Strategies, Using a Co-Designed, Integrated Biophysical, Social and Economic Simulation Model – University of Edinburgh

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences PhD Project

  • Understanding the Temporal and Cognitive-Emotional Context of Human-Nature Interactions – Anglia Ruskin University

Full details of the projects offered can be viewed on FindaPhD.comClosing date for applications is 4th January 2019.

Please apply using our PhD application form (Word file 118 KB). Completed applications and enquiries should be sent to

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