The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is funded by the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Norwich Research Park offers a breadth and concentration of internationally recognised bioscience research, together with extensive research facilities and technology platforms, that is quite exceptional in the UK. Three UKRI-BBSRC strategically supported research institutes: John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute Bioscience, together with The Sainsbury Laboratory and UEA, deliver cutting-edge research that addresses all UKRI-BBSRC’s priority research areas.

Our partners are strongly committed to the development of outstanding bioscience doctoral graduates, with a balanced set of advanced research and professional transferable skills. This will enable our graduates to secure high-skilled employment, across a range of different sectors, and thereby directly contribute to the achievement of academic, economic and societal impacts across the UK and beyond. The single-site location of the NRPDTP allows the students to train as a cohort providing a variety of networking opportunities and creating a vibrant scientific community. All our students undertake a workplace placement or internship during their four-year programme, providing direct experience of working in a professional environment.

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Current opportunities

Sustainable solutions to combat Downy Mildew pathogen of pea (ARORA_J22CASE)

Pea is a globally important legume crop valued for its role in soil nitrogen fixation, sustainable agriculture and providing a rich source of plant protein....

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Understanding the effects of changing temperatures on seed dormancy, seed quality and seed conservation

Plants use temperature as an important signal to modulate seed dormancy and seed longevity, and thus changes to seed germination are a key factor in climate...

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(Meta)genomics of bacteria and antimicrobial resistance from different food production systems (MATHER_Q22DTP2)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of organic foods had the biggest year-on-year increase in 15 years. Claims that organic or free-range food is better and...

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Characterising rice genetic diversity in the mekong delta to sustain future crops (DE_VEGA_E22DTP)

Rice is a versatile carbohydrate essential to diets worldwide and a staple for over 50% of the human population. Rice production in Vietnam is of enormous...

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Machine learning methods for integrating 'omics data in the study of the human microbiome (QUINCE_E21EPSRC)

This project based in Dr Quince’s group at the Earlham Institute will use machine...

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