BBSRC DTP Opportunities BBSRC DTP Opportunities

The Norwich Research Park has been given a £12.5M endorsement from the Biological and Biotechnological Research Council (BBSRC) in 2014 with the announcement that it will fund 125 PhD students through the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership over the next five years.

This investment further cements Norwich Research Park’s growing reputation as a leading, internationally recognised centre of excellence in bioscience. The five partners across Norwich Research Park are: The John Innes Centre (JIC) who led the bid, The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Associate partners are Plant Bioscience Limited, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and The SAW Trust.

In addition to the £12.5M announced, the partners have themselves contributed £3M to the five year programme, increasing the total number of PhD students being trained from 125 up to 156.

The First Round of Selection closed on 30th November 2015.

The Second Round of Selection is now open with the deadline being Friday 26 February 2016. Invitations to interview will be sent out on 9 March 2016 and interviews are due to take place on 16 and 17 March 2016. If you are interested in any of the projects below, please contact the supervisor for more details.

Title Primary Supervisor

Biomarkers of senescence in the Seychelles warbler  (RICHARDSON_U17FDTP)

Professor David Richardson

Characterisation of a novel DMSP synthesis pathway in marine bacteria (TODD_U17DTP1)

Dr Jonathon Todd

Characterising the Microbe-Mineral Interface of the Biomining Bacteria Acidithiobacillus (CLARKE_U17DTP)

Dr Tom Clarke

Control of bacterial nitrate metabolism and nitrous oxide production by nucleic acid secondary structures (GATES_U17DTP)

Dr Andrew Gates

Cuckoo Bees as sentinels for pollinator decline (DICKS_UBIO17EE)

Dr Lynn Dicks

Decoding stress-induced calcium signals in plants (MILLER_U17SF)

Dr Ben Miller

Developing new tools for antibiotic discovery in Streptomyces bacteria (HUTCHINGS_U17DTP)

Professor Matt Hutchings

Dissecting calcium signalling pathways in basal land plants (MILLER_U17DTP1)

Dr Ben Miller

Drugging the human P2X4 receptor – a target in pain and the cardiovascular system (FOUNTAIN_U17DTP)

Dr Samuel Fountain

Experimental evolution of reproductive isolation (CHAPMAN_UBIO17EE)

Dr Tracey Chapman

Exploring the microRNA-mRNA interactome in cartilage (CLARK_U17DMT)

Professor Ian Clark

Genomic signatures of adaptation in an island bird (SPURGIN_UBIO17EE) – CASE studentship with IPNA-CSIC

Dr Lewis Spurgin

How does sexual selection shape sperm-female interactions? (GAGE_UBIO17EE) - CASE studentship with ETH Zürich

Professor Matthew Gage

How important are marine bacteria in DMSP cycling? (TODD_UBIO17EE) – CASE studentship with Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Dr Jonathon Todd

Molecular re-awakening of quiescent stem cells in diverse areas of the mammalian brain (HAJIHOSSEINI_U17DTP)

Dr Mohammad Hajihosseini

PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences for self-funding and international students

Dr Gabriella Keleman (PGR Director)

Pioneering breeding solutions for aquaculture (GAGE_U17DTP)

Professor Matthew Gage


Fees & Funding

Funding Status: Competition Funded Project (EU Students Only). For further information visit

Funding Conditions: Full Studentships cover a stipend (RCUK rate: £14,057pa - 2015/6), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate, and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships, which when combined will equal a full studentship. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements. Details on eligibility for funding on the BBSRC website:

Fees: For further information visit