Secondary Supervisor - Prof Matt Hutchings - Matt.Hutchings@jic.ac.uk
Biogeochemical nitrogen cycling is critically important for food security and climate change. Most soils globally are nitrogen limited, necessitating the use of industrial nitrogen fertiliser. However, up to 70% of the applied nitrogen is lost from the agricultural ecosystems through the activity of ammonia oxidising microorganisms, and emitted as greenhouse gases and leached into rivers and seas. Nitrification inhibitors are one of the mitigation strategies for improving plant crop yield and adverse consequences of nitrogen fertilisation, but there are many unknowns regarding their efficacy and use. This PhD studentship will investigate the effects of nitrification inhibitors on ammonia oxidisers, the whole soil microbial community and crop yield, thereby providing novel insights into improving agricultural management.
The student will receive training in cutting-edge techniques in microbiology, molecular biology (RT-qPCR, high-throughput sequencing), plant-microbe interactions and analytical chemistry and will present their data in departmental seminars and at national and international conferences. The student will join the cohort of PhD students at UEA and attend training courses for research and transferable skills and will join the thriving molecular microbiology themes at UEA and JIC which comprise >100 researchers. This is an exciting collaboration between UEA and JIC: The student will be based at UEA, and will spend time working and training at JIC.
This project is suited to candidates with a BSc or MSc degree in Microbiology-related disciplines.
The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is open to the UK and international candidates for entry in October 2022 and offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4-year PhD research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. All NRPDTP students undertake a three-month professional internship placement (PIPS) during their study. The placement offers exciting and invaluable work experience designed to enhance professional development. Full support and advice will be provided by our Professional Internship team. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.
This project has been shortlisted for funding by the NRPDTP programme. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Tuesday 25th January, Wednesday 26th January and Thursday 27th January 2022.
You can visit the Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership pages for further information on eligibility and the application process.
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.